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Thrift Treasures 107: Serial Number Slayer

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

So the National Sports Collectors Convention is under way Atlantic City and like many others I wish I was there.  I’ve been to the annual event twice, both times as peripheral member of the Beckett Media team. But this year I couldn’t make it for several reasons as I IMG_0401I have a lot going on in my real life.  I may try for next year.  We’ll see.

On Wednesday I took my kids out to do a little thrift shopping. And what do you know, I find a massive amount of cards. So many that I was only able to get through a little of it before the kids got restless. Nonetheless, I got a good 15 minutes of digging in and with the cards priced at 5 for $1, I was able to snatch up a few treasures before I had to hit the road. It was a small sampling of what I would’ve been doing at The National anyway.

It’s not uncommon for me to run into such deals as 5 cards for $1, or even more.  But they’ve gotten a little harder to find lately.  And truth be told, I haven’t been out looking as hard as I had once been doing. It’s just a time issue.

Anyhow, I left some decent stuff behind, but I would up selecting 30 cards during this trip. And as the title of this blog post suggests, there were a good number of low serial numbered cards.

Let’s kick things off with three 2013 Topps Chrome football black refractors numbered /299 and a a 2014 Topps Chrome Bliue Refractor /199 of DeAndre Hopkins.


Speaking of Refractors, here are  few more.  A shimmer silver 2013 RGIII /260 and a basic 2015 Topps Chrome Peyton Manning. The Manning will be a nice Christmas gift for my cousin’s son who just got into collecting.  I’ve already sent him every Manning I own, and about 5,000 other football cards.  His face when they arrived was priceless.


Staying on the flashy subject. Here are three 2011 Leaf Limited parallels. The front of these are shiny foilboard. But I’m showing the backs because look at those serial numbers.  Hall of Famers Derrick Thomas /50 and Sam Huff /25.


And some more Leaf Limited. These are from 2010 and they’re all rookies.  The base rookies are /499, but that Riley Cooper rookie is /25. Solid.


How about some more serial rookies? Marcus Gilbert 2011 Absolute /50, 2010 Epix Ricky Sapp /50 and 2008 Prestige Chris Long serial 001/300. Gotta love those first-stamped cards.

IMG_0442A few random serial numbered cards. 1999 Paramount RW McQuarters /62, 2013 Absolute Boss Hoggs Julio Jones /99 and 2008 Icons die cut Mike Hart /150.


Growing up in the Bay Area it’s almost a disgrace to see serial numbered cards of these two guys sitting in a thrift store. These are 2009 Leaf Limited Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, both serial numbered /399.


Speaking of legends, I could not let a Barry Sanders (/1449) and Bart Starr (/639) from high-end 2007 Triple Threads sit on the shelf to collect dust.



Johnny Manziel is pretty much a laughing stock at this point, but I still found some value – in terms of comic relief anyway – in finding his 2014 Topps Platinum rookie card.


Here are a few basketball parallels from 2010-2011 Contenders, Caron Butler and Samuel Dalembert, both /99.


Whatdya know, I found an autograph in the boxes. Sure, it’s Jamal Faulkner, a common. But this is an Alabama alumnus — I’ve already found a new home for this card.


And let’s finish things off with a mixed group of four cards: 1999 Paramound Team Checklist Barry Sanders, a 1996-97 Topps Allen Iverson rookie card, a 1994-95 Collector’s Choice French GOLD signature Charles Barkley subset, and a 2012 Bowman Platinum Purple Refractor Javier Baez.


Nothing here is going to make me a small fortune, but  all in all, still not a bad stack of cards for about the price of two retail packs,.

Total cost of these Treasures: $6

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Cardboard Icons: The notes column edition

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on September 8, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

It’s been almost a week since my last post. I feel horrible. Really, I do.

As some of you may know, I’ve moved yet again and am in the process of unpacking. This move, however, is going to impact my collecting habits once again, and very soon there will be The Purge Part II. I’ve kind of started (see eBay link on the home page — click the banner) but there will be more to come.

A couple of things before I get back to my home life:

*Topps 206 seemed to have come out a bit earlier this year. And except for the addition for Stephen Strasburg, it pretty much feels the same as it did last year. That said, I opened a few packs and want to unload the base cards and SPs for any and all baseball minis you may have. Working on this set — or Allen & Ginter? — hit me up.

*Speaking of Strasburg: I know I bought my fair share of 2010 Bowman hunting for Strasburg rookies, but I do not feel as though I threw my money in the trash. Sure, the phenom will be on the shelf for about 18 months, but I had a ton of fun busting this stuff, and I have a fair share of shiny goodness, like …

*Aroldis Chapman. I missed the boat on this by a few hours. I meant to post a lot on eBay a day before he got called up but didn’t because of the packing process. In the end I posted a lot that failed to sell. Boo.

*On that note: Wednesday was the last day of eBay’s one-month free auction listings. I posted stuff over the last week and a half or so at starting prices I thought were fair. The result? One sold out of a dozen auctions. Damnit. Ebay has been frustrating lately. Lots of stuff out there from which you can chose, meaning less sales for most of us.

*A few weeks ago I discussed — for the 154th time — changing the way I store my cards. I’m officially in the process of switching to binders. They take up less room, and it is more practical given my current and future situation. Sometimes I just want to flip through some cards without lugging a massive box of cards in top loaders from one room to another. There are dangers with binders, however, which I plan to write about later this week. Have a good story.

*Football: I’m all over the place, I know, but I learned several years ago that “notes” columns can be useful. Believe it or not, I’m actually excited about the forthcoming season. I still can’t identify with any of the players, and my favorite team — the Bills — will still suck, but I am looking forward to watching the games for what they are worth. Well, that and I got hooked into a sweet pick ’em league.

*Topps football: This product hit shelves a few weeks ago and being the card degenerate that I am I busted a few packs even though I don’t collect the sport. The results: lots of rookies, none of which are worth a damn. Best one was probably Toby Gerhart and a CJ Spiller Wal-Mart exclusive thing.

*About five years ago I sold off my “entire” football collection, but I held some stuff back, namely my Peyton Manning rookies and my 1981 Joe Montana rookie. I think I will sell my Mannings (Topps Chrome, Bowman Chrome, Upper Deck) this year and take the money and buy something in baseball — maybe a Bob Gibson rookie, or another original T206 HOFer. Montana? Not going anywhere.

*Speaking of “Joe Cool,” if you’ve yet to look at my eBay auctions, I’ve got a sweet lot containing two game tickets (Goal Line, baby!) from SuperBowl XIX and a game program up for sale. Montana was the MVP of that SuperBowl. I’ve also added a Montana jersey in the lot.

*Whenever I think of Montana, I always think of his successor, Steve Young. No worries, not pitching any items for sale here. Just wanted to note that I saw Young on NFL Network the other day on the Top 100 Players in the History of the NFL — great series. I’ve professed my love for the MLB Network a few times since it started almost two years ago, but NFL Films really has done the absolute greatest job of creating a cinematic experience with sporting events from the past. You feel the passion and drama.

OK, that is all for now. Just a quick reminder that I am on Twitter. I’m more active there, although it has been slow lately since I can’t seem to find an app/client that works on my BlackJack2. Yes, I know, that is soooo 2009.

Thrift Treasures Part II: One dollar, 20 cards

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

lot1Now, I am strictly a baseball card collector. No basketball, no football, and definitely no hockey. But I know a good deal when I see one. So when I can get former track star and Olympian Carl Lewis actin’ a fool on sports card, along with some other goodies, you know I’m going to take the deal. Continue reading