Daily Archives: July 9, 2012

Baseball Card Show Purchase #10 – Autographed Fergie Jenkins 2000 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #10 – Autographed Fergie Jenkins 2000 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’

When I tell you that I had been seeking this card for more than two years, I am not exaggerating the truth.  I have always been a big fan of this set, and this specific card of Fergie Jenkins was the #1 want on my list of cards to grab of him.

And the best part of all??  I was able to but it for less than what I had been willing to pay on Ebay.

Because they can be commonly found on Ebay (usually 5-6 are always around) I set my sights on paying a ‘good’ price.  The lowest I had seen it offered for recently was $12.50 with free shipping.  I toyed with that card for a while, and then it was sold.

But, as with many of my grand purchases, patience paid off yet again.

I got this card at the show for just $10.00.

And I am loving it!!!!

Here it is:

Easily the best buy of the night for me.  And now I need to find another ‘#1 need’ to put on top of my Fergie Jenkins list.

I have some ideas… 🙂

Baseball Card Show Purchase #9 – The Oddest Mike Schmidt Baseball Card That I Have Ever Seen!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #9 – The Oddest Mike Schmidt Baseball Card That I Have Ever Seen!!!

When I tell you that I was halted in my tracks when I saw this card I would not be stretching the truth.

This card is so odd, with such a strange photo, that I actually lost my concentration while plowing through a bargain bin.

I don’t want to wait any longer.

Let me show you the card:

The card comes from the 2011 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions set.  And while I knew prior that these cards were a little on the ‘odd’ side, I am really awed by this one.

At first, I did not realize that the person featured was Mike Schmidt.  Hell, it could pass for a number of guys from the 1970’s – actors, adult entertainers, singers, but not Michael Jack Schmidt!!

So strange, huh?

Have any of you come across this card before?  What did you think??

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – Lot Of 2 Eddie Murray 2011 Topps Triple Threads Cards

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – Lot Of 2 Eddie Murray 2011 Topps Triple Threads Cards

I found both of these cards in a ‘dime box’.  And there was no way that I was going to let either of them leave my sights.

First off, they are both serial numbered.

Secondly, I love the moment that the photographer captured for us.

Thirdly, I find the border colors to be very complimentary to the photograph.

Lastly, it is EDDIE MURRAY – one of the most complete offensive players in the history of the game!!!

Enough said.

Enjoy the cards:

The Red one is serial numbered as 734/1500 and the Gold is numbered as 612/625.

Not bad for twenty cents!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Reprint

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Reprint

I have never seen this card, or any others from this set.  And while I come across Hank Aaron’s modern cards at a regular basis at card shows, it was the Golden logo in the lower-right corner of the card that drew me in.

First, let me show you the card:

And now, the logo:

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According to the back of the card, this one is number 14 of 23.  I am going to have to do a little homework on this.  If this is part of a 23-card set that honors Hank Aaron, I am all in!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – Lot Of 4 Modern Johnny Bench Cards

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – Lot Of 4 Modern Johnny Bench Cards

I am very,  very excited with this purchase!!!

Typically, I will load all four cards onto my scanner at one time and then just comment on them all at one time.

But, I firmly believe that each of these cards deserves to be showcased separately so that is what I plan on doing.

Ready?

Let’s Go!!

Card #1 – 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen.  Just a classic looking card, with a great action portrait of Bench.  The Red on this card really stands out.

Card #2 – 2012 Topps Series 2, Career Day.  This card celebrates a ‘career’ day by Bench in which he connected for three home runs and 7 RBI.  I like the horizontal action shot, and again the colors (especially the blending) look great!

Card #3 – 2012 Topps Series 2, Cut Above.  These cards are die-cut, and the Silver lettering is crisp and shiny.  I really like the vintage photo of Bench on this one, and once again that Red really pops.

Card #4 – 2012 Topps Series 2, 1987 mini.  Wow, this one is a beauty!!  Again, Topps selected a great vintage photo to use, and that Red is just perfect.  I like Bench’s stirrups too…

Nice stuff, right??

Yeah, Johnny Bench is one of the guys that I simply buy when I find new cards at the right price.  And lucky for me, the dealer that I bought these from had just dumped a bunch of 2012 cards into his bargain bins.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Lot Of 2 2011 Topps Lineage Cal Ripken Jr. Cards

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Lot Of 2 2011 Topps Lineage Cal Ripken Jr. Cards

I know that the Topps Lineage set was not as well received as Topps would have hoped.  Personally, I really like the set and was happy to find many of my favorite players featured in it multiple times.

And while I no longer ‘need’ any cards from this set for the player collections that I am currently building, that doesn’t mean that I have lost interest in the cards.

And as long as I can find cards like these two that I picked up of Cal Ripken Jr. than I will continue to buy them as I come across them.

Have a look:

I love that many of the guys I like had two versions for the set.  And that All-Star rookie trophy looks sweet!!!

Does anyone know if Topps is bringing this set back in 2012?  I hope so!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Don Mattingly 2002 Topps ’50 Years Of Baseball’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Don Mattingly 2002 Topps ’50 Years Of Baseball’

Amazingly, I still do not have the original version of this legendary baseball card.

I do have a few alternate, and modern, versions though.

And now I have one more.

Someday I will get the original – just need to focus on that task a bit harder…

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Ernie Banks/Ryan Howard 2009 Topps Heritage ‘Then And Now’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Ernie Banks/Ryan Howard 2009 Topps Heritage ‘Then And Now’

I thought I had something really grand here – and I was hoping that one, or many, of my more enlightened card collecting readers would be able to help me with this…

If they had not been back-to-back in the box of cards I was surfing through, I probably would not have picked either of them up.  But as soon as I noticed a major difference between the two cards, I grabbed them both and knew I would need help in getting an answer or two.

First, let me show you the cards.

Fronts:

Backs:

Ok, so as far as I can see, they don’t have the same number, but they were issued in the same year, and are part of the same subset.

So, why do they feature different photos of Ernie Banks??  The Ryan Howard photo did not change.

After investigating the fronts as thoroughly as I could, I see that there is no difference in the cards with the exception of two different photos of Banks being used.

But, then the backs clarified it all for me.  One of these cards praises the Home Runs leaders and the other celebrates the RBI leaders.

So, I don’t have an ultra-rare error card.

For $0.20, it was certainly worth the purchase though!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – 2006 Upper Deck Hot Stove Headlines ‘Maddux Returns To Cubs’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – 2006 Upper Deck Hot Stove Headlines ‘Maddux Returns To Cubs’

I had never seen this card before and it immediately drew my eye.

I find any card that features a ‘newspaper’ look to be appealing.  Some of the old Topps All-Star cards and Fleer Headliners are favorites of mine.

This one is from Upper Deck’s 2006 set tagged as ‘Hot Stove Headlines’.  The card looks really cool, and Upper Deck did a great job selecting the colors and fonts to use for this one.

Best of all, it celebrates Maddux’s return to the Cubs!!!

Here it is:

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – Lot Of 12 Hanley Ramirez Cards

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – Lot Of 12 Hanley Ramirez Cards

While not a stated goal, I am always on the hunt for some new cards to add to my small Hanley Ramirez collection.

My only rule is that I pull them from the ‘dime boxes’.  I have been very successful at doing this at prior shows, and again I did fairly well.

In total, I picked up 12 new cards of Hanley for my collection; spending just $1.20 on them.

Have a look:

Included in the lot are rookie cards, insert cards, and serial numbered cards.  Not a bad haul – especially for just $1.20!!!

🙂