Monthly Archives: February 2011

Baseball Card Show Purchase #12 – Yogi, Yogi, Yogi, and Yogi

Baseball Card Show Purchase #12 – Yogi, Yogi, Yogi, and Yogi

I had just two goals at this card show:

  1. Get inspiration for my next round of player collections which I think that I did.  Hopefully I am able to reveal those to you in the coming weeks.
  2. Grab a Yogi Berra card to be sent to him for an autograph through the mail.

Well, I found a Yogi Berra card.  And then I found another one.  And by the end of the card show, I had four of them in my box.  Had I known that I would have found four options I may not have grabbed all of them – but when dealing with something that could be like finding a needle in a haystack I figured that a more pro-active approach would be best.

So, here are the four cards that I scored.  Now I just need to decide which one I want to send out to Mr. Berra.

If you had to choose one, which one would it be???

Baseball Card Show Purchase #11 – Willie McCovey Rookie Card

Baseball Card Show Purchase #11 – Willie McCovey Rookie Card

When I announced that I would be attending a baseball card show this past weekend, one of my loyal readers, Gerad, left a comment telling me to try to pick up a Willie McCovey rookie card.

Well, Gerad, I did just that…

OK, OK.  Maybe it’s not a true Willie McCovey rookie card, but the thought and desire was definitely there.

This card is just another reason to love the Topps ‘Cards Your Mom Threw Out’ set!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #10 – Gary Carter 2005 Topps Turkey Red

Baseball Card Show Purchase #10 – Gary Carter 2005 Topps Turkey Red

I really like the Topps Turkey brand of baseball cards.  Regardless of how high-tech the cardboard is or how graphicly perfect the cards are, they are a blast to the past, and scream VINTAGE!!!

Carter’s image on this card is perfect – just like I remember him from his playing days with the New York Mets.

Check it out:

I would love to see an Andre Dawson card like this!!!  Fingers are crossed…

Baseball Card Show Purchase #9 – Greg Maddux 2005 Donruss Greats

Baseball Card Show Purchase #9 – Greg Maddux 2005 Donruss Greats

By the looks of the image used for this card, the picture was taken during Maddux’s second stint with the Cubs.

Is this card screaming for a signature done in Blue Sharpie?  I think so!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – Rickey Henderson 1995 Studio Credit Cards

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – Rickey Henderson 1995 Studio Credit Cards

Here is another card that stopped me as soon as I unveiled it while leafing through stacks of cards in the bargain bin.  I have seen this card on several occasions prior, but I never really looked to see how neat of a card and card theme that it was.

Here is the front:

Taking several design elements from the credit cards we all carry, the card’s White font is a match to my Visa card.  And I like the little hologram that Studio used of the A’s logo in the lower-right hand corner.

And now, here is the back:

You can’t quite tell by looking at the scan, but the back of the card clearly shows that Rickey’s stats from the front are imprinted into the card.

And such a cool and unique way to incorporate the player’s signature on the card too!

A fantastic addition to my Rickey Henderson collection!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – Lou Brock 2005 Donruss ‘Leather & Lumber’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – Lou Brock 2005 Donruss ‘Leather & Lumber’

Another beauty found in the 10-cent bargain bin that I could not resist…

Just take a look at how concentrated Brock’s eyes are on the action.  A supreme base runner, Brock set the bar extremely high when it came to running the bases and putting your team in the best chance to score runs.

The image of the card is obviously taken from an early period of Brock’s career.  And as nice as the picture is, the Red background that Donruss used on this card kind of takes away from it a bit. 

To be blunt, it looks cheaply done.  See for yourself:

See what I mean?  I have a few of these featuring other players but none look as bad as this one…

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – Wade Boggs 2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – Wade Boggs 2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia

By now you guys know that I love this set of cards.  It doesn’t matter if it is the 2004 or 2005 issues, these cards all look fantastic – and I have a healthy stack of Andre Dawson cards from both issues that will back up that claim.

This one, serial numbered as 109/250 is just as nice.  The Burgundy color used throughout looks great on the stark-White background.  And the small action photo of Wade Boggs in his ‘away’ uniform is a very nice compliment to the card’s design and color scheme.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Ernie Banks 2003 Upper Deck Legendary Cuts

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Ernie Banks 2003 Upper Deck Legendary Cuts

It wouldn’t be a successful shopping day of Hall of Famers if I didn’t add an Ernie Banks card to my collection.

And this one is pretty sweet:

Serial numbered as 017/275, the card has a royal feel to it with all of its Gold accents.  And while the card’s colors are not a perfect match for the Chicago Cubs uniform, both the Blue border and Red banner compliment the card very nicely.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Ozzie Smith 2008 Upper Deck Goudey Mini ‘Red Back’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Ozzie Smith 2008 Upper Deck Goudey Mini ‘Red Back’

Such a sweet looking baseball card, I wish I took more advantage of grabbing Upper Deck’s Goudey brand of cards when I got back into the hobby roughly two and a half years ago.

The cards are such a solid reproduction of that vintage brand from the 1930’s and 1940’s – it is a shame that they’re not being made any more.

I already own the base card of Ozzie, so this one is a nice companion to that base card.  I know that the mini cards have a few colored versions out there – I believe that they are Black, Green, and Red.  This one is the Red – and I have no desire to go after any more than this.

Check it out:

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Rollie Fingers 1977 Topps

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Rollie Fingers 1977 Topps

Hey, a little vintage for you here.  This card, from the 1977 Topps baseball card set, is the oldest one that I picked up at the show.

The price tag?  1 dime!!  Yep, 1.

While I was tearing through a few bargain boxes, this card and specifically Rollie Fingers’ handle-bar mustache jumped out at me.

There was no way that I was not taking this one home with me!