Daily Archives: April 25, 2011

Baseball Card Show Purchase #10 – Andre Dawson Florida Marlins Commemorative Pin!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #10 – Andre Dawson Florida Marlins Commemorative Pin!!!

Hardly a baseball card, this is the first time that I have made a non-cardboard purchase at a show in months.  At least 6-7 shows have passed since I last added an item that was not produced by Topps, Fleer, Donruss, etc. 

But I have to say – I think I found a gem here!!!

Issued in 1995 as part of a series of five pins being distributed to fans in attendance, The Marlins honored Andre Dawson on September 27 with his very own commemorative pin.

And it looks pretty sharp too!!!  no pun intended.

Here is a photo of the pin and the tag it was mounted to:

And here is a shot of the back:

A very unique addition to my Dawson memorabilia collection.  I never would have thought that I would find an item like this as this show.  Usually, all of my time is spent with just 3 dealers – I am glad that I stick to my habit of making a full lap of the show before stopping.  If I did not do that, this pin would not be with me today!!

Thanks.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #10 – Sparky Anderson 2000 Topps Tribute

Baseball Card Show Purchase #10 – Sparky Anderson 2000 Topps Tribute

While I prefer to remember Sparky in his Reds’ uniform versus the Tigers’ one that he is wearing in the photo of this 2000 Topps Tribute baseball card, I will never turn away the opportunity to honor one of my favorite managers of all-time.

And for the price of a dime, this purchase is without a doubt my favorite from the show!!

Rest In Peace, my friend.  Your are dearly missed!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #9 – (4)2010 Andre Dawson Tri-Star Obak Cards

Baseball Card Show Purchase #9 – (4)2010 Andre Dawson Tri-Star Obak Cards

Not too sure why I grabbed these.  But as I leafed through the ‘Obak’ section of the bargain bins I was cruising through, I found all four of these Dawsons sitting in a row.

The picture used of Andre is a familiar one – that very strong follow-through to his mighty swing!   I just have no clue what in the hell is happening behind him…

Is that a barn?

Oh well, if anyone wants one of these just say the word and it is yours!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – Tony Gwynn ’50 Years Of Topps’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – Tony Gwynn ’50 Years Of Topps’

Jeez, I may have to go after this whole set…  And if I can find all of the cards that are part of it and pay just a dime per card, I am all over it!!!

The third and final card that  I nabbed from the set that pays tribute to Topps’ 50 years in the baseball card business is a reprint of Tony Gwynn’s 1983 Topps baseball card, his rookie card!

Of the three that I grabbed, this one is a bit of a let-down.  The cameo portrait of Gwynn used is just plain awful.  And for some reason, the colors are just way to dark this time around…

See for yourself.

I told you…

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – A Gaggle Of Rafael Palmeiro Rookie Cards

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – A Gaggle Of Rafael Palmeiro Rookie Cards

I know, I know.  Not too popular of a purchase for many of the readers of 30-Year Old Cardboard.

But, I couldn’t resist.  I was on a mission to grab some cheap rookie cards at this show, and finding a rookie card of Raffy for just ten cents seemed way too good of a buy to pass up.  So, I bought ten of them!!

2 1987 Donruss Rated Rookies and 8 1987 Topps Future Stars!!!

Anyone jealous?  Anyone?  Bueller?

🙂

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – Steve Carlton ’50 Years Of Topps’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – Steve Carlton ’50 Years Of Topps’

I recently added a modern baseball card of Steve Carlton to my collection of him wearing his Cardinals uniform.  I thought that it would only be fitting to try to find one of ‘Lefty’ in the uniform in which he had the most success.

So, here is Steve Carlton in his Phillies’ uniform – the reprint shown is a 1977 Topps base card.

Enjoy!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Cal Ripken Jr, 2010 Tri-Star Obak

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Cal Ripken Jr, 2010 Tri-Star Obak

I really am not a big fan of the Obak brand.  I find them to be a bit too ‘off’ for some reason.  Still, since they included Andre Dawson in the set, I found myself hunting for Obak.

And while leafing through the bargain bins on Saturday, I came across a healthy stack of 2010 Obak cards.  So, while I paid very little attention to most of them, I did stop so I could quickly pull out this one of Cal.

Oh, and I did manage to grab a few more Obak cards too.  Any guesses as to who they may be of?  Stay tuned…

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – 1990 Topps Ken Griffey, Jr.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – 1990 Topps Ken Griffey, Jr.

Are you kidding me?  A second-year Ken Griffey Jr. baseball card for just ten cents?

I quickly added this card to my stack and kept a sharp eye out to see if I could find any more.  And while I didn’t add any other Griffeys to my stack, I am very pleased that I was able to rescue this one!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Modern Brooks Robinson Cards WIth Vintage Flare!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Modern Brooks Robinson Cards WIth Vintage Flare!!

I like collecting cards of Hall of Famer, Brooks Robinson.  Most of the stuff that I have seen of Brooks offers up very nice photographs, so grabbing them when I find them is a sure thing.

This time around, I found two new ones for my collection – and they are both reprints of cards that were issued decades prior.

Here they are:

The one on the left is from the 2010 Topps ‘Cards Your Mom Threw Out’ series and is a reprint of his 1967 Topps card.  The one on the right is a card from the 2001 Topps Archives set and is a reprint of Brooks’ card from the 1977 Topps set.

Which one do you like better?  If I were forced to choose, I would veer to the LEFT!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Dave Winfield 2002 Topps American Pie – ‘American Sluggers’

Dave Winfield 2002 Topps American Pie – ‘American Sluggers’

Far from stellar, the American Pie series issued by Topps in the early 2000’s don’t really do a whole lot for me.  In fact, I would probably rate them as mediocre as best.

But when flipping through the bargain bins, it was Winfield’s stare that halted my progress.

Not wanting to upset one of my favorite 5-Tool players, I quickly adding this card to the stack of goodies I was preparing to buy.