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Thrift Treasures XXXIV: Love between the sheets

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2011 by Cardboard Icons

The junk wax era is alive and well at some of my local thrift stores.  One shop was chalk full of little baggies containing horrible basketball cards from the early 90s; another was jam packed with 1988 Topps.  Good thing at one Goodwill, there was a binder with some small gems located within.

For the first time since I’ve been scouring my local thrift stores for treasures, I located a binder full of cards that were priced PER SHEET.  Usually the person pricing items in the back of the store takes one look in the binder and if they recognize ONE name out of any of the cards, they automatically throw a $49 price point on the binder.

This time it appears someone came to their senses and priced each 9-card sheet at $1.49.  There were probably 50 sheets in the binder and only four that really appealed to me.

Anyway, I scanned the nine-card pages in their entirety so that you can see the greatness that I uncovered.

The one pictured above has three nice rookie cards, and I am not talking about that sweet 1989 Topps Steve Searcy card or the 1992 Pro Set Ty Detmer BYU card.

I’m talking about the 1989 Donruss Craig Biggio, 1988 Fleer Update Craig Biggio and the 1988 Fleer Update John Smoltz.  I already own these three cards, but this seemed like a solid buy.  A fun one if nothing else.

The second sheet:

Everyone knows how valuable those Pro Set Lawrence Taylor and David Meggett cards are.  That is the entire reason I bought this page.

OK, all kidding aside. Seriously?  A 1980 Topps Phil Simms rookie?  Sitting in a binder page?  At a Goodwill?

Believe it, son.  Believe it.

The Simms rookie isn’t worth nearly as much as it was back in the early 1990s, but it is still a Hall of Fame rookie card that really shouldn’t have been relegated to PVC Sheet status.

No worries, Mr. Simms.  I saved your rookie card.

Sheet 3:

Even the 50-year-old cashier knew who the guy in the bottom right was.  Hell, she even identified it as his rookie card.  1989 Donruss Ken Griffey Jr. rookies are not hard to come by, but I was not going to leave this at the thrift store … especially when I can get it, and a 1988 Fleer Update Chris Sabo rookie at the same time. S-C-O-R-E-. SCORE!

Sheet 4:

I probably own enough 1988 Donruss Roberto Alomar rookies to decorate an entire wall of a house, but the real reason this sheet appealed to be is that 1988 Fleer Update Alomar rookie. I love that 1988 Fleer Update set, it was one of the first sets I actually purchased .. sort of.  I’ll save that story for another time.

Reliving childhood memories at Dollar Tree

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2011 by Cardboard Icons

By now, most of you know that Dollar Tree carries sports cards. Most of the stuff they sell isn’t highly sought after.  In fact, it’s downright junk.  I mean why would someone pay $1 for 2010 Topps Update pack containing 5 cards and no shot at any hits or parallels when you can spend $2 at Target or Walmart and get twice as many cards and have a shot at inserts?

But on occasion I find something worth while.  In this case, I found a little piece of my childhood.

The year 1988 was a special year for me as a collector.  It was my first true year of collecting.  Sure, I bought some packs in 1987, but it was in 1988 that I really got hooked on cardboard.  I loved Donruss for the Rated Rookies, and had fun finding odd-ball packs at random convenience and grocery stores throughout the area

At Dollar Tree last week, I found a sealed Cello Pack of 1988 Donruss … one featuring new HOF Roberto Alomar on the top.  Under normal circumstances I would have just chucked the pack to the side as this product is the epitome of junk.  But there was no way I could pass up on this pack given the card showing on top.

Truth be told though, that find was not as exciting as unearthing these two packs: 1988 Fleer Star Stickers and 1988 Sportflics.

The Star Stickers set is one that always intrigued me because in 1988 I could only find these packs at one store — a 7-Eleven near my grandfather’s house, which seemed worlds away at the time. I bought a handful of packs back in the day, hoping to pull any player from the Oakland A’s, probably the hottest team in the sport at the time. I didn’t have very good luck.

But on this day, I struck gold in the form of a Carney Lansford card — who ironically is from the area where I live.

Like the Fleer Stickers, packs of Sportlics were only available at one store in my area — a grocery store across the street from my house.   If memory serves me right, these packs were about 50 cents for a pack of three cards.  In 1988, this was pricey. Needless to say, I only bought a few of them when I was a kid.  So I was excited to unwrap one the other day.  Unfortunately the results were typical for what I would have pulled 23  years ago.