Daily Archives: December 3, 2012

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – Lot Of 6 Vintage Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Cards

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – Lot Of 6 Vintage Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Cards

After getting used to seeing Ken Griffey Jr. in so many modern releases wearing his Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds uniform, it was nice to find some cards of Griffey in his Mariners uniform.

And I have to say that I don’t have too many cards of Griffey in my collection so these cards are a welcomed addition.

Have a look:

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Of the lot, my favorite is the card from the 1992 Topps set.  I don’t believe that I have seen this card in more than 15 years.  It was nice to reconnect with it.

Best of all, these six cards set me back just sixty cents…

🙂

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – Cal Ripken & Brooks Robinson 2005 Donruss Leather & Lumber

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – Cal Ripken & Brooks Robinson 2005 Donruss Leather & Lumber

You may recall that last month I scored a pair of cards from the 2007 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts set that featured Cal Ripken Jr. and Brooks Robinson.  The cards are sweet, and it was fun to grab the pair of them from the same bargain bin at the same time.  Those two cards cost me twenty cents.

As luck would have it, I found consecutive cards of Cal and Brooks in a bargain bin at this show too.

And they’re from the same set.

And I paid twenty cents for the pair.

And they look great too!

Have a look:

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I will make this something I look for again at the next show I attend.  Hopefully the streak will continue!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – 2001 Topps Mariano Rivera ’50 Years Of Topps’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – 2001 Topps Mariano Rivera ’50 Years Of Topps’

Mariano Rivera has been in the news recently as he signed a 1-year deal and will be coming back to the New York Yankees for the 2013 baseball season.  Rivera will be 43 years old when the season begins, and he looks to end his career on his terms after missing the entire 2012 season due to a torn ACL.

I saw a lot of Mariano Rivera baseball cards in the bargain bins on Friday night.  Each time I pulled one, I found a better looking one to replace it.  I found it as a fun challenge to try to score the best looking card I could find of ‘Mo’, and I replaced the card 6-7 times during that process.

And then I found this one and the game was over!

Have a look:

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This card is beautiful.  The image is crisp and clean.  And the Gold logo and lettering looks fantastic against the Forest Green background.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – A Nice Stack Of John Smoltz & Tom Glavine Rookie Cards

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – A Nice Stack Of John Smoltz & Tom Glavine Rookie Cards

Just like the Randy Johnson rookie cards that I showed off a few hours ago, these two studs fall into the same category – Guys that I cannot get enough of.  Especially when each cards costs just ten cents each.

In total, I scooped eight cards.  Here they are:

3 John Smoltz rookie cards:

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5 Tom Glavine rookie cards:

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Score!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Duke Snider & Jackie Robinson 2004 Upper Deck World Series Heroes

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Duke Snider & Jackie Robinson 2004 Upper Deck World Series Heroes

I have yet to declare that this is a set I want to collect until it is complete, but when I can add cards from the set to my small stack for just one dime each, I will do so.

It just so happens to be that these two cards were back-to-back in the bargain bin.  And it also happens to be that the two players are Hall of Famers and among the legends of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Have a look:

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Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Lot Of 2 Randy Johnson Rookie Cards

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Lot Of 2 Randy Johnson Rookie Cards

There always seem to be a few rookie cards lurking in the dime bins at the card show.

Some are rookies you would not want for your collection.

Some are rookie cards that you already have and need no more of.

And some are of legendary, Hall of Fame caliber pitchers that dominated the sport for almost two decades.

There was no way that I was going to let these slip by me.  Yes, I have them already in my collection, but for twenty cents, I would consider this a pretty wise investment!

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And if there were more at that price, I would have scooped them up too!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Johnny Bench & Don Mattingly 2004 Fleer Greats

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Johnny Bench & Don Mattingly 2004 Fleer Greats

Two eras.  Two generations.  Two MVP’s!!

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Two men squatting – LOL!!!

I have always been a big fan of the 2004 Fleer Greats set.  And I am really digging these two cards.  The crouched position that these photos have captured offer us a great and unique view of the legendary Johnny Bench and Don Mattingly.

While the Bench shot is obviously a posed one, the Mattingly shot must have been taken while the ump is cleaning the plate, the batter is tying his shoe, or the grounds crew is fixing the mound – I LOVE IT!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – 5 Modern Card Lot Of Kirby Puckett

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – 5 Modern Card Lot Of Kirby Puckett

These five baseball cards were pulled in sequence, 5 cards in a row.

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My thought process went something like this when I saw card 1 through 5:

‘Yes, Yep, OK, Uh-huh, Oh Yeah’

I have always enjoyed baseball cards of Kirby Puckett, and I do not have too many modern ones.  This was a nice way to add a few to my collection, and I would call this fifty cents well spent.

Of the lot, my favorite card in the group is the 2004 Upper Deck Timeless Teams – Legends.  I love those old Powder-Blue uniforms and the Red helmet that Kirby is wearing really takes me back to when he ruled the sport!!

Great haul!!

Baseball Card Show Review – And It Is Not Pretty…

Baseball Card Show Review – And It Is Not Pretty…

I attended the December baseball card show on Friday.  Yes, Friday was technically in November, but the weekend is classified as December and that is when the show officially takes place.

When I walked into the show, I was very surprised by the lack of dealer tables that were set up.  Yes, the ‘main’ show is on Saturday, but I had been used to seeing 15-20 dealers set up on Friday.  At this show, there was no more than 12.  Many are the guys that I have become accustomed to seeing, and even a few that I have become friendly with.  I did not see any ‘new blood’ with any of the dealers that were set up at the Friday show.

I also had a very hard time finding anything that I was specifically seeking.  Very few affordable vintage dealers.  I did not see anyone with the new 2012 Panini Cooperstown cards either.

Ultimately, I spent almost 90 minutes at the show, and less than $10 left my pocket.  All of my purchases were from one dealer, and each and every card came from his $0.10 bargain boxes.

Did I score some good cards, sure!  Did I score some great cards, maybe!  I was just hoping for some more variety and some new dealer tables to shop.

Ultimately, I am still happy that I went to the show.  While I may not have filled any ‘needs’ for my collection this time around, I did pick up some great bargains.  There is NO amount of internet shopping that will replace the enjoyment that I get from rifling through boxes of cards. 

Also, keep in mind as I unveil my purchases to you that each and every card that you will see cost me just one dime.

I already know that I will not be attending the show in January.  This weekend’s show is NOT the reason for that announcement.  I have plans that have been set for a few months now and knew that I would be out of town during the weekend of the new year.

Maybe the shows will turn around in 2013.  Maybe I need to find a way to get to the Saturday show and see what the difference is.  Time will tell…

In the meantime, stay tuned to ’30-YOC’ all day long as I will show off my haul from the show.  If you are a fan of the stars from the 1980s and 1990s, you will surely find something you will like.

Thanks for reading.

Happy Birthday Lee Smith!!!

Happy Birthday Lee Smith!!!

Lee Smith turns 55 years old today.

I am a big fan of Lee Smith’s – he is one of my favorite relief pitchers of all-time.

With 478 career saves, good for 3rd place in major league history, I consider Smith to still be a very underrated and underappreciated player.  And with so many records being broken by today’s group of relievers, I have to wonder how Smith would do if he was playing in today’s game.

During his 18-year career, Smith tallied at least 30 saves 11 times and 40 or more saves 4 times.  A closer like that would be an All-star in today’s game and he’d be earning a minimum of $10 million per year.  In contrast, Smith was an All-star just 7 times and the most he made in any one season was $2.8 million.

Happy Birthday Mr. Smith!!!   You are still valued and appreciated by this baseball fan!!!