Daily Archives: October 3, 2011

Baseball Card Show Purchase #12 – Hank Aaron 1970 Topps All-Star

Baseball Card Show Purchase #12 – Hank Aaron 1970 Topps All-Star

This card is by far the best one I grabbed at the show.

I admire Hank Aaron more than almost any other major league player – and I love learning about his career and the impact he has had on the game both as a player and after.

‘The King Of Kings’, Hank Aaron is as legendary as they come.

This is the first vintage card that I own of Hank and it easily becomes one of the greatest cards in my collection.  Certainly a Top 5!!!!

Have a look:

I have always liked the ‘Sporting News’ All-Star cards from the 1969 and 1970 Topps baseball card sets.  I have a nice handful from each issue including players like Jim Palmer, Reggie Jackson, Willie McCovey, Bob Gibson, and more, none of them mean as much as owning this card of Hank Aaron!!!

Finding and purchasing This card alone made the show worth attending.  I won’t even tell you what I paid for it – but if you know me, you know that I seek out bargains…

Thanks for reading.  I hope that you have enjoyed my card show experience as much as I did!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #11 – 1973 Topps Willie Mays

Baseball Card Show Purchase #11 – 1973 Topps Willie Mays

Saving the best for last – Almost…

I have never owned a Willie Mays baseball card.  Sure, I have a few League Leaders cards that feature him, but those are multi-player cards.

This is my first ever true Willie Mays baseball card:

WHOA!!!  Nice, huh?

While not perfectly mint, it is a card of Willie Mays!!!

And while it features Willie in a Mets uniform and not the Giants, it is a card of Willie Mays!!!

And while it also features an old Mays, it is a card of Willie Mays!!!

I am super-stoked to have this one in my collection!!!!

YES!!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #10 – 1979 Topps Pete Rose – Base & Record Breakers

Baseball Card Show Purchase #10 – 1979 Topps Pete Rose – Base & Record Breakers

Each of these cards had a twenty-five cent sticker on them.  There was no way that I was going to let them go!!!

The cards as beautiful, and while I am not the best at judging the condition of a card, I would certainly say that ‘near mint’ is a pretty good descriptor.

Check them out:

Great stuff huh?  Yeah, I think so too.

While not the norm with the 1979 Topps set, each of these cards features a pretty crisp photo.  And the colors are sharp as well – especially that Red!!!

Of them, my favorite is the base card.  It reminds me of everything that I liked about Rose – Compact swing, great contact, and a true hustler!!

Which one do you like best??

Baseball Card Show Purchase #9 – 2011 Topps Lineage Bob Gibson & Ozzie Smith

Baseball Card Show Purchase #9 – 2011 Topps Lineage Bob Gibson & Ozzie Smith

While not purposely looking for cards of Ozzie Smith and Bob Gibson from this set, I was not about to turn them away either.

These two cards are the 3rd and 4th ones I scored from the Lineage set.

And while I would normally show you these cards in separate posts, I have a few reasons as to why I am publishing them together.

Here they are:

OK, now onto the reasons…

  1. Both cards feature St. Louis Cardinals
  2. Both cards feature Hall of Famers
  3. Both cards feature the two players with almost identical arm positions – it is almost eerie.

Could Bob Gibson play shortstop?  Could Ozzie Smith pitch?  I don’t know the answers to these questions, but I can tell you that when looking at these incredible photos side-by-side I will say that anything is possible with these two superstars.

What do you think?

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – Reggie Jackson 2005 Topps Pristine

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – Reggie Jackson 2005 Topps Pristine

Oh, Man – this was the second card of Reggie that I picked up at the show.  And she is a beauty!!!

Issued in the 2005 Topps Pristine set, the card features Reggie in his Arizona State college uniform.

Brimming with a high-gloss shine and a refractor-esque background, the card is very sweet to look at.  It reminds me a lot of the 1982 Topps design, which happens to be one that I enjoy.

Oh, the card is also serial numbered to 1999.  This is #474.

Oh Yeah!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – Lot Of 7 Dennis Eckersley Cards

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – Lot Of 7 Dennis Eckersley Cards

The same guy that had the Dwight Gooden cards buried in his bargain bins had a healthy stack of Dennis Eckersley cards too.  All of that equals to my lucky day!!

7 more cards for my collection of ‘Eck’.  Check them out:

Of the bunch, my favorite has to be the 1990 Donruss Baseball’s Best and the 1989 Upper Deck!!

Look out, but I am very close to completing my Dennis Eckersley collection.  YES!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – Chipper Jones 1991 Topps Rookie Card

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – Chipper Jones 1991 Topps Rookie Card

Found this bad-boy in the $1 bin and I had to have it!!!

From afar, I really enjoy watching Chipper Jones play.  And being that the Marlins play the Braves like 18 times a year, I get to see a lot of Mr. Jones – and he usually does pretty well against us.

Chipper is a certain Hall of Famer, and he still has uncanny skills as a major leaguer, even though he is going to be entering his 19th season in the majors in 2012.

Here is the card:

If you look closely on the card, Chipper is sporting his high school uniform in the picture.  And he is also wielding an aluminum bat.

Imagine how far he was crushing the ball with a metal bat….  WHOA!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Sparky Anderson 2001 Topps Archives

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Sparky Anderson 2001 Topps Archives

While rifling through a few bargain bins that contained 25-cent cards, I found this beauty:

You guys know that I love Sparky.  You guys know that I love the 1971 Topps baseball card design.  You guys know that I am a huge ban of ‘The Big Red Machine’.

There was no way that this card was not coming home with me!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Reggie Jackson 2001 Topps Archives

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Reggie Jackson 2001 Topps Archives

Continuing with my theme of showing off a new Reggie Jackson card for every day of the month, I wanted to score one at the show.

I got two, and they are both very sweet!!!

Here is the first card:

From the 2001 Topps Archives set, this card is a replica of Reggie’s 1969 Topps Rookie card.  And while I would much rather have the original versus a re-print, I am still a happy collector as this is one of my favorite Reggie cards of all-time!!

Who knows, maybe the ’69 version will be mine some day…  My fingers are crossed!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Lot Of 7 Dwight Gooden Cards

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Lot Of 7 Dwight Gooden Cards

One of the guys that I always buy from has some killer dime boxes – just what I like.   I sat at his table for more than 30 minutes and rummaged through, pulling out a bunch of good stuff.

And thankfully, I can access my ‘Player Collections’ page from my IPhone as I was able to score seven new cards for my Dwight Gooden collection.

The cards are all in great shape, and I was even able to grab Doc’s second-year 1986 Fleer card in the lot!!

YES!!!