Daily Archives: August 3, 2009

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – True Wax Heaven!!!

The highlight of the baseball card show for me was to find a vendor that was selling old boxes of true vintage wax.  When I say vintage I am not talking about 2002.  I am talking about stuff that’s 10, 15, 20 years old or more.  I don’t want serial numbered cards.  I don’t want autographs.  And I don’t want randomly inserted pieces of pants or jerseys with my vintage stuff.

No.  I want packs of cards that take me back to my youth.  Back when packs cost 50 cents a piece and could be found at every gas station, grocery store, and pharmacy in your home town.

I am thrilled to unveil the box I bought!!!


That’s right 1989 Topps is the one!!!  I love the design of the base cards from this set and I am eager to see what is hiding inside of these wax-paper wrapped baseball cards…

There are some great cards to look for in this issue.  Along with the superstars of the 1980’s like Don Mattingly and Dwight Gooden and Kirby Puckett and Tony Gwynn.  And then there are the rookies.  You can find great rookie cards of players like Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Jim Abbott, and Gary Sheffield lurking inside too.

I can’t wait to start ripping these packs open.  Don’t worry, I won’t eat the gum!!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Eddie, Eddie, Eddie…

An unwritten goal was to score some new Eddie Murray cards on this trip.  And this one was a success!!!

I was able to pick up 9 new Eddie Murray cards for my collection and all of them look great.

The cards:


1980 Topps, 1981 Topps, 1981 Donruss, 1982 Donruss, 1984 Topps, 1985 Fleer, 1985 Donruss, 1986 Donruss, and 1989 Upper Deck.

Of them, I have to admit that my favorites are the 1984 Topps, 1981 Donruss, and the 1989 Upper Deck!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Andre Dawson And Those Florida Marlins

1 guy had his boxes labeled by team and I jumped at the chance to grab a few cards of my favorite local guys.  I thought it would be a great chance to find some new stuff for TTM and I still had my hopes up that a few Cody Ross cards would cross my path.

Unfortunately that did not happen as most of the stuff this guy had was at least 10 years old.

And the only good thing about that???  Andre Dawson of course!!!

I picked up 13 new cards for my Andre Dawson collection and all of them feature ‘The Hawk’ in the Black and Teal of the Florida Marlins.

Dawson Marlins 1

Dawson Marlins 2

I have to admit, Andre looks damn good in a Marlins’ uniform!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Old School Ozzie

I love the way that the players from the late 1970’s got into the whole ‘express yourself’ phenomenon.  And the baseball players that did this really made a  fashionable impact.  When I saw these 2 cards of Ozzie Smith and his Shaft-inspired look I had to grab them.

The mustache, the afro, the pork-chop sideburns.  It all works and it all screams 1970’s!!!


Adding to that, we have a great retro look with the old San Diego Padres uniforms as well.  Ozzie really made this whole look work.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Jim Palmer x3

While digging through a 3 for $1.00 bin I found these three Jim Palmer cards and just had to grab them.  Jim Palmer is my second favorite pitcher from the 1970’s and these are the first three cards of him that I now own. 

Do I smell a new player collection in the works?  We’ll see…

But in the meantime, here are the three beauties I picked up:


1981 Topps, 1984 Topps, and 1984 Fleer.  I have to admit that the Orioles colors add a certain appeal to the card’s designs.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – 1985 Fleer & Donruss Darryl Strawberry

These were the only rookie cards I picked up all day.  I had been hoping to nab a few more but the selection just was not there this time around.  Still adding these 2 rookie cards of Darryl from the 1985 Fleer and Donruss sets completes my Strawberry rookie collection.  I’ll have to post the whole thing for you one day.  These cards look great together!!!


What a smile!!!  Oh, what could have been….

Baseball Card Show Review

If I had to choose one word to sum up my opinion of this baseball card show it would be – Disappointing.

Maybe I set my expectations too high for this show.  I don’t know why I feel this way, but I just didn’t get the same feel this time around that I got from the last show I attended.  Gone were the tables and tables of new dealers.  Gone were the shoppers.  If I had to put numbers on it I would guess that 1/2 of the dealers from the last show were present and just 1/5 of the shoppers.  All of this makes for one very unhappy blogger!!!

There are 2 very possible reasons for the poor turnout in my opinion.  (1) Everyone else was at the National card show.  I agree that it’s unlikely, but it is a possibility.  (2)  The Miami Dolphins held their first ‘open’ training camp on Sunday.  From what I saw of this on the news, it was packed!!  Maybe the dealers were at the show on Saturday but at training camp on Sunday.

I have included my list of goals for this show below.  Any my notes about these goals can be found in RED AND CAPS(because I am that damn angry).

1 – Cody Ross cards.  Cody is doing an autograph appearance in the city I live in 2 weeks from now.  I don’t have a single card of his so I want to stock up.  It shouldn’t be too hard since he is a local player, but I want to get a nice handful so I can get a few signed and I have another idea for the rest of them.  My goal is to get between 20-25 Ross cards.  COMPLETE FAILURE – NOT 1 CARD ALL DAY LONG.  VERY FEW MARLINS CARDS TO BE FOUND, AND EVEN FEWER CARDS THAT WERE ORGANIZED WELL ENOUGH TO SEARCH.  I LIKE TO DIG THROUGH STUFF BUT IF IT’S COMPLETELY UNORGANIZED I HAVE A HARD TIME STAYING AROUND…  BUMMER!!!

2 – If that $0.10 Bargain Bin guy is there again, I am going to give myself 1 hour to go through as much of his stuff as I can.  60 minutes of blitzing through as many of his 3,200 count card boxes as I can get through.  And my goal is simple – Gather up as many of his 1980’s superstars as I can find!!!  HE WASN’T THERE.  THE GUY THAT I WAS GOING TO SPEND 60 MINUTES WITH WAS A NO-SHOW.  HIM AND HIS BOXES, AND BOXES, AND BOXES OF CARDS WERE GONE.  PHUEY!!!  THIS DEALER, WHO HAD SOME AMAZING TREASURES FOR ME TO DIG UP LAST TIME WAS THE #1 THING I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING.  😦

3 – I hew a renewed energy about TTM and want to give it another shot in the next few weeks.  My supply of cards for a project like this is terribly low so I plan on picking up some cards of the guys that I know will sign for me.  I’m going to stick to Marlins players and retired players for now.  I’ll hit the active guys again next Spring!!  I DIDN’T EVEN TRY.  I WAS SO BUMMED THAT I WALKED AROUND IN A STUPOR AND FOUND MYSELF LOOKING AT MAGAZINES FROM 20 YEARS AGO SELLING FOR 50 CENTS A PIECE…

4 – Wax.  Yep, you heard me Wax!!  I have a very strong urge to bust open some vintage wax packs.  As I have been surfing through all of the great blogs out there, I see so many people ripping open packs of cards at a record pace and I want to get in on the action.  But I want nothing to do with the new stuff.  If any dealers have wax packs or boxes from the 1980’s I will be doing what I can to secure some packs to bust open.  FINALLY SOMETHING TO REPORT THAT WENT MY WAY!!!  I SCORED A FULL BOX OF WAX THAT IS 20 YEARS OLD AND DYING TO BE BUSTED.  I’LL FILL YOU IN ON THE DETAILS LATER TODAY….

So there you have it.  1 terribly disappointing afternoon.  I will be taking a break from this experience by skipping the next few shows until I can get a little more confidence that the future ones will be better.  In the meantime it’s back to the information super-highway for this shopper!!!

Stay tuned to ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ all day long as I present each and every item I picked up at the show.