Daily Archives: April 9, 2012

Baseball Card Show Purchase #12 – Pair Of Two 1971 Topps League Leaders Cards Starring Johnny Bench

Baseball Card Show Purchase #12 – Pair Of Two 1971 Topps League Leaders Cards Starring Johnny Bench

This was by far the BEST $1.00 I spent at the card show.  Yes, I paid $1.00 for both of these cards.

And while I already owned each of these for both my Billy Williams and Tony Perez collections, these two fill voids in my Johnny Bench collection!!!

And they are both in Excellent condition.

Have a look:

I am a big fan of League Leader baseball cards – I find them to be a very nice way to celebrate seasons that have passed while also paying homage to some incredible feats.

These three guys really dominated the NL in 1971!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #11 – Jim Palmer 1981 Permagraphics

Baseball Card Show Purchase #11 – Jim Palmer 1981 Permagraphics

This was another one that I was drawn to as soon as I saw it.

I had never seen the card style before, so when I looked at the back and saw the PermaGraphics name I knew that it was from the early 1980’s.  I had to wait until I got home and checked on Ebay to confirm that the card was part of the 1981 set.

First, let me show you the card:

Nice, huh?  I am really digging the clean look and great Orioles nameplate!!!

But, what I find odd is that I have an Andre Dawson card from the 1981 Permagraphics set, and it looks nothing like this one.  Maybe the Dawson I have is not from ’81??  Maybe there was more than one kind of style released in a single year??

Hmmm….

Baseball Card Show Purchase #10 – Hank Aaron 1982 Kmart 20th Anniversary

Baseball Card Show Purchase #10 – Hank Aaron 1982 Kmart 20th Anniversary

I need to do a little more research to find out the exact story behind this set of cards issued by Topps and KMart back in 1982, but as soon as I saw it, I grabbed it!!

Hell, it features Hank Aaron!!!

Have a look:

And from my perspective there is no doubt that he connected for a home run on this swing – just look at that follow-through!!!

I guess that I find most puzzling about the card is the notes along the top – 20th Anniversary of what?  1962-1982, was KMart making cards for twenty years??  I understand the 1974 Highlight comment as that was the year of Hank’s big home run – but I just don’t get the whole 20th Anniversary thing…

Can anyone out there assist with this??  Thanks.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #9 – Dave Winfield Kellogg’s 3-D Super Stars

Baseball Card Show Purchase #9 – Dave Winfield Kellogg’s 3-D Super Stars

Like many collectors our there, I like oddball baseball cards.

And for me, ones that were issued in the 1970s and 1980s are the ones that I really go ga-ga for…

So, when I found this 1983 Kellogg’s 3-D Super Stars card of Dave Winfield in a $0.50 bin, I quickly pulled it out with the intent to buy.

I love these old Kellogg’s cards, and I am building up a pretty nice selection of Hall of Famers from these issues.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – Pete Rose 1982 Topps Highlights

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – Pete Rose 1982 Topps Highlights

Yes, I prefer my Pete Rose baseball cards to feature him in his Cincinnati Reds uniform.  And I don’t believe that I am alone in that preference.

But, when a card has the price tag of $0.10 attached to it, it certainly becomes more appealing.

So, I happily add this 1982 Topps Highlights card of Pete into my collection that pays honor to his tremendous baseball career.

Man, I love that swing!!!   Go Get ‘Em Petey!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – 2002 Fleer Dueling Duos Starring Earl Weaver & Sparky Anderson

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – 2002 Fleer Dueling Duos Starring Earl Weaver & Sparky Anderson

Now this is a card that caught my eye and immediately found itself in my purchase stack.

I have a few of these cards featuring other legendary players, but I often find myself questioning the match-ups that Fleer offered up.

But this one makes total sense, and it happens to feature two of my favorite baseball managers of all-time – Hall of Famers, Earl Weaver and Sparky Anderson.

A great get:

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – Nolan Ryan 2003 Topps T205

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – Nolan Ryan 2003 Topps T205

Baseball cards that feature portraits are not at the top of my ‘Likes About Baseball Cards’ list.

But, when you throw in Nolan Ryan, a flashback to the Houston Astros old ball cap, and a ten-cent price tag, I quickly become a fan!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Tony Gwynn 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Tony Gwynn 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

I am a Tony Gwynn fan, and I really like collecting his baseball cards. 

But I bought this card for another reason…

Care to guess???

DONUTS!!!

Maybe a little more than batting cage cards, I love cards that feature a player swinging a bat with a donut on it.

Thank you Mr. Gwynn!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Gil Hodges 2002 Topps Gold – 1952 World Series 50th Anniversary

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Gil Hodges 2002 Topps Gold – 1952 World Series 50th Anniversary

While I am not specifically a fan of Gil Hodges or the Brooklyn Dodgers, I do have a lot of respect for both the player and the team.

But, that is not why I bought this baseball card.

First, let me show you the card:

Ok, it is pretty nice, and I can see why a Hodges or Dodgers collector would want it for their collection.

But, for me – I was drawn to that Gold 1952 World Series anniversary logo.  I have never seen that before, and I immediately wanted it.

And for the cost of just a single dime, I added it to the stack of cards that I was buying and a quick smile came across my face!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Willie McCovey 2001 Upper Deck Decades – ‘Bellbottomed Bashsers’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Willie McCovey 2001 Upper Deck Decades – ‘Bellbottomed Bashsers’

Talk about a smooth and funkalicious baseball cards…  Groovy Baby!!!

This card comes from that fantastic 2001 Upper Deck Decades set – and it really takes design to another level.

Full of 1970’s graphic elements – from the border color and checker-board pattern to the font and color scheme of the ‘Bellbottomed Bashers’ nameplate – this card screams 1970’s!!

Have a look:

This card got me thinking; thinking about all of the other players from that era that could have starred on a card like this.

A starter list would look something like this:

  1. Schmidt
  2. Palmer
  3. Jenkins
  4. Winfield
  5. Smith
  6. Jackson
  7. Fingers
  8. Gamble
  9. Morgan
  10. Foster