Daily Archives: August 6, 2012

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – 1974 Topps Mike Schmidt Baseball Card

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – 1974 Topps Mike Schmidt Baseball Card

WHOA!!!

If is not often that a Hank Aaron baseball card would be trumped, but I think that this card does it.

I will call this purchase ‘Me Best One From The Show’ without a doubt.  I paid $10.00 for it, but it is mint, and old, and I love it.

The card also fills a very big void in my new Mike Schmidt collection and to be honest I didn’t know how easy or hard a card like this was going to be to obtain.

The card is Schmidt’s second Topps baseball card and it features a great-looking, vintage Phillies uniform.

Have a look:

A True Gem!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – Hank Aaron 1972 Topps ‘In Action’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – Hank Aaron 1972 Topps ‘In Action’

Ah, yes.  Hank Arron.  Excuse me, Mr. Hank Aaron!

I am always on the look out for new cards (vintage and modern) of Aaron.

And when I saw this one with a price tag of $4.00 I grabbed it without any hesitation.

Here is the card:

Nice, huh??

This card is 40-years old.  I hope I look this good when I hit 40!!!

I am not a huge fan of the 1972 Topps set.  And the picture used of Mr. Aaron on this card is far from spectacular.

But, it is Hank Aaron – one of the most legendary players that the sport has ever seen.

I am really excited to have this card in my collection!!!

YES!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – Brooks Robinson 1975 Topps Baseball Card

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – Brooks Robinson 1975 Topps Baseball Card

Well, the last few posts have featured cards that I bought from a dealer that only deals with modern cards.

And the next three cards I am going to show you will feature cards that I bought from the ‘Vintage Dealer’ at the show.

This guy’s set-up is unreal – glass cases full of baseball history.  Most of the stuff that he features is well beyond my price range, but I still check out his cards at every show I attend and drool.

This time, I dug into a few of his lower-priced boxes.

Here is one of my purchases:

Yep, a 1975 Topps Brooks Robinson baseball card.  And she looks great!!!

This one goes right into my Brooks Robinson player collection.

**take a look at the brim of Robinson’s helmet.  What’s going on there; looks a little short doesn’t it??

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Miami Marlins 2012 Bowman Team Set

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Miami Marlins 2012 Bowman Team Set

Purchases 2, 3, and 4 were all made with the same dealer.  And #5 was too!

As I mentioned in prior posts, this dealer was super-organized with his cards.  And I spent a lot of time in his ‘Marlins’ box.

I pulled a good little handful of cards from this section of cards and in the cards that I pulled was the complete Marlins team set from the new 2012 Bowman issue.

The set consists of 9 cards, with 2 of them tagged as ‘1st Bowman Card’ for the prospects.

Have a look at the set:

I have to hand it to Bowman, the cards are so much better than the version I am more familiar with that debuted in 1989.  The cardstock is sharp, the finish is glossy, and the images are as crisp and clean as any release I have seen.

A great addition to my Marlins Team Set Album.

🙂

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Ken Griffey Jr. 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Ken Griffey Jr. 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter

Even the most organized guy can have a few cards out of place.  And that is not a rib or cheap shot, just a fact.  When you have thousands of cards in just a few boxes, things can get out of place quickly.  Especially when you have a group of shoppers that are not interested in keeping your cards as neat and organized as you are.

I found this card of Ken Griffey Jr. mixed into the Marlins section of a ‘$0.25’ team box.  The Mariners were next to the Marlins – I  easily see how this could happen.

As soon as I saw the card, I scooped it.  I love the vintage shot of Griffey that Topps chose for this card.

A special ‘Thank You’ to the shopper that threw this Mariners card in the Marlins section!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – 2012 Bowman Platinum Miami Marlins Team Set

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – 2012 Bowman Platinum Miami Marlins Team Set

When a dealer is organized, and I mean truly organized, I am prone to spend more time and money with him and his cards than that of other non-organized dealers.

One of the new dealers that I met at the show was uber-organized; my kind of guy.  And I spent a majority of my time and cash with him and his cards.

He had all of the new releases, and everything was organized by team.

I jumped into the Marlins section and pulled out this 4-card team set from the 2012 Bowman Platinum issue.

Have a look:

Not bad for $1.00!!!

Lo Viste!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Johnny Bench 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Johnny Bench 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter

There was a lot of Ginter available at this card show, a lot.

And while I usually happy to see excitement about new releases of baseball cards, I personally am not that big of a fan of the brand.

Still, I am a loyal player collector.  And some of the players that I am faithful to are part of the set so I had to grab a few of them.

The first card I grabbed was this one of Johnny Bench:

The dealer that I bought this one, and all of my Ginters from, had them organized by team.  That is such an easy and convenient way to shop.  I was able to dig through the five or six team sections that I wanted to and then I was all done.

As for the card of Bench, it is a nice one.  But I would certainly prefer one of him in his catcher’s gear with a lot more dirt on his uniform…

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – 2 Issues Of Beckett Sports Card Monthly

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – 2 Issues Of Beckett Sports Card Monthly

There is one dealer at the show that I would call ‘The Supply Guy’.  A majority of the stuff that he brings is supply oriented like sleeves, top loaders, and new publications.

I have been struggling to find a mint copy of the August 2012 issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.  Between the local book store, Wla-Mart, and Target – none of them had this magazine available.

But ‘The Supply Guy’ did.  So, I grabbed two of them..

Why on Earth would I want two copies of the same magazine?

Silly question!!!

BECAUSE I AM IN IT!!!!

Yep, this is the issue and I wanted to have an extra copy or two for myself.

Here are the magazines:

And here is another link to the article that features me and my Andre Dawson collection.

🙂

Baseball Card Show Review

Baseball Card Show Review

Well my friends, another baseball card show has come and gone.

Cash has been spent and the cardboard is home with me.

Overall, I did fairly well at the show.  And while the show’s size was about half the size that I had become used to ( some of the dealers were at the National in Baltimore) I was still able to bring home some great looking baseball cards for my collection.

The three dealers that I spend a majority of my time and money with were not present.  This allowed for me to check out some new dealers and their cards as well as re-visit a few guys that I had not visited with a while.

The result?  Some great modern cards and a few vintage beauties!

Stay tuned to ’30-YOC’ all day today as I will be showing off the full haul for you.

Thanks for reading.

Happy Anniversary Rich “Goose” Gossage!!!

Happy Anniversary Rich “Goose” Gossage!!!

On this day in 1988 Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage collected the 300th save of his big league career.

At home and in front of a crowd of 32,000 Cubs fans, Gossage came into the game in the top of the ninth inning to secure the Cubs victory, the win for Greg Maddux, and save #300 of his career.  The save was his 11th of the year and helped the Cubs secure the 7-4 win over Philadelphia.

In total, Gossage recorded 310 saves.  He currently sits in 18th place on the all-time list.

Happy Anniversary Goose!!!