Monthly Archives: February 2013

Million Dollar Question – Where Was The Most Uncommon Place You Found Baseball Cards For Sale During Your Youth?

Million Dollar Question – Where Was The Most Uncommon Place You Found Baseball Cards For Sale During Your Youth?

Let me start by saying that the debut of ‘Million Dollar Question’ last week was a phenomenal success.  Not only was the topic a great kick-off for this new weekly series, but I feel that it also helped connect the ’30-YOC’ readers.  The stories were great, and it was a joy to see how much collecting has impacted us as some of our memories are still vivid 30-40 years later.

For the great readers of this blog, baseball card collecting and the joy it brings is alive and well!!!

So, for this week’s ‘Million Dollar Question’, I want to stick to the theme of collecting during our youths.

And for me, that means the 1980s and 1990s. 

And one of the things about the hobby from that period that stands out the most to me is the desire of non-card companies had of putting their brand name into the hobby – from candy companies to drink companies to cereal and snack cake companies to drug stores – everyone wanted a piece of great the cardboard pie.

In addition to that, we also started finding baseball cards for sale in stores that were a bit more ‘out of the box’.  Yes, as a kid, I could go into my local supermarket, gas station, and pharmacy and find baseball cards for sale.  But I was also able to find them available in pretty odd places too.

So, that is what tonight’s question is – ‘What Is The Most Uncommon Place You Found Baseball Cards For Sale During Your Youth?’

For me, the most unusual place that I was able to find baseball cards was at the arcade.  Right behind the counter, and available for either cash sales or exchange of tickets, I was able to get baseball cards.  So, after a few rounds of ski ball, I could either cash my tickets in and bring home Dracula teeth, Chinese Yo-Yo’s, or baseball cards.  And you know which one I chose – baseball cards.  Every time!!

And each time I left the arcade with a few packs of 1989 or 1990 Fleer baseball cards in my grasp, I always had the same feeling – ‘Wow, I just paid twenty bucks for three packs of cards.’

So now I pose the question to you – ‘What Is The Most Uncommon Place You Found Baseball Cards For Sale During Your Youth?’

arcade counter

Ernie Banks 2003 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic Chicago Cubs Manufactured Patch Card

Ernie Banks 2003 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic Chicago Cubs Manufactured Patch Card

Would you believe that I paid just $1.99 for this card?  Well, I did.  Actually, I paid $2.49 if you divide my shipping costs and apply them equally to the four cards that I bought from this seller.

When I found this one, I thought that the Buy It Now price was a mistake.  Maybe the seller put the wrong price?  Maybe he missed a digit?  But, after searching his other listings, I saw that most cards were priced to sell, and I pounced!!

I picked up four cards in total, all at $1.99 each!

And this one of Banks looks great.  It comes from the 2003 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classics set.  And it features a very nice, and bright Chicago Cubs patch as the centerpiece.

This card is uber-thick, quite possibly the thickest card in my collection…

Have a look:

GU Banks Patch

Nice, huh??

Wait until you see the other cards that I picked up from this seller.  You’re gonna love it – I know that I do!!!

Fergie Jenkins 2005 Upper Deck Hall Of Fame Baseball – Green

Fergie Jenkins 2005 Upper Deck Hall Of Fame Baseball – Green

This is the third card from the Upper Deck Hall Of Fame Baseball set that I have added to my Fergie Jenkins collection.

The first card was Silver.

The next one was Gold.

And now, I have the Green!!!

The card is serial numbered as 73/200 and it is the exact same as the other versions. 

But, as you guessed it, the card features a Green border.

Have a look:



Juan Marichal 2012 Topps Heritage – “Flashbacks ’63 – Marichal Saddles Colts With No-Hitter”

Juan Marichal 2012 Topps Heritage – “Flashbacks ’63 – Marichal Saddles Colts With No-Hitter”

This baseball card is a work of art!!

Have a look:


Some of the many reasons that I like this one:

  • vintage look
  • great image selection
  • commemorates a significant event
  • strong colors
  • sweet logo
  • clever use of pennant for subset title

Love This Card!!!

Alan Trammell 1987 Donruss

Alan Trammell 1987 Donruss

The 1987 baseball season was Alan Trammell’s 11th year in the big leagues.  By the time that the season started, Trammell was already a 3-time All-Star and winner of 4 Gold Glove Awards.


My favorite stat from Trammell’s 1987 baseball season – .343!

Trammell his .343 during the 1987 season, a career high!  In 151 games played, Trammell collected 205 hits over the course of the season.  Trammell finished in second place for the American League’s batting title in 1987 to Wade Boggs, who hit an amazing .363.

My 55th Marlins Team Set Caused Me To Add A 2nd Binder To The Collection….

My 55th Marlins Team Set Caused Me To Add A 2nd Binder To The Collection….

I knew that this day was coming, I just did not know that it would come so soon.

I have collected 55 different Marlins team sets thus far, and that number is just too large to be held by a single 3-ring binder.

As you can see, my current binder was starting to outgrow its intended use.

Marlins Album 1

So, on the way to work this morning, I made a quick detour and stopped at the Wal-Mart that is nestled perfectly between my son’s school and my workplace.

I picked up another binder and immediately got to work to make this a more manageable situation.

I opted for a Black binder, to stay true to the origin of my Marlins passion.

Here is what my team set collection looks like now:

Marlins album 2

A lot easier to handle, and a lot lighter too!

The sets are still in year order, and then alphabetized by brand.  I opted to make a split pretty much went right down the middle.  This allows for me to still go after everything I want and expand my collection the way that I intend to.

Oh, and since you know that I am super-organized, I had to go the extra step by tagging these two albums properly!!!

Marlins album 3

As this collection grows, another album is sure to come. 

Hopefully I can find an Orange or Teal one!!

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #16 – Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #16 – Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies

I am working on this set because I find it to be the most appealing of the subsets issued by Topps in 2012.

The cards feature bold colors, great images, and a unique horizontal design.

I especially like the ‘Career Day’ theme as it pays homage to some of the greatest individual performances of baseball’s elite players.

Card #16 – Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies


The Career Day – September 3, 2006.  On this day in 2006, Ryan Howard dominated the Atlanta Braves in not one, but two games.  Facing the Braves in a double-header, Howard connected for three home runs in Game 1, his only 3-HR game of his career.  In the 2-game stint, Howard went 6-for-8 with 4 RBI.  The Phillies won Game One 8-7 and lost Game Two by a score of 3-1.

Progress – 16/25

Brooks Robinson 2002 Topps American Pie – ‘American Sluggers’

Brooks Robinson 2002 Topps American Pie – ‘American Sluggers’

I’ve never really cared for the Topps American Pie sets.  I find them a bit hokey…

Still, every once in a while I will find one that looks great.

So, if you look beyond the stars and stripes that make up the border of this card, you will see a great photo of Orioles’ legend Brooks Robinson.

Have a peek:


I am having a hard time figuring out what is going on in the background of this card, but it looks like it could be a tropical storm!!

The color image on top of a Black and White background works really well for this card.  It allows for all of the Orange accents that are part of Robinson’s uniform stand out nicely.

1972 HEADLINE: Cardinals Deal Steve Carlton To The Philadelphia Phillies

1972 HEADLINE: Cardinals Deal Steve Carlton To The Philadelphia Phillies

On this day in 1972, the St. Louis Cardinals traded Steve Carlton to the Philadelphia Phillies for Rick Wise. 

Carlton spent the first seven seasons of his major league career with the Cardinals and at the age of 26 was just starting to establish himself as a strong talent in the National League.

When joining the Phillies, he would elevate his game to another level and become an elite pitcher in the sport.

Carlton would go on to pitch 15 seasons for the Phillies.

calrton photo

Happy Birthday Ron Santo!!!

Happy Birthday Ron Santo!!!

Today we celebrate the life of Ron Santo who would have turned 73 years old today.  It’s still very saddening that Santo is no longer with us – but the greatness that he left with the Cubs organization, the city of Chicago, and to the world of diabetes education and treatment will live on forever.

One of Chicago’s favorite sons, Ron Santo enjoyed suiting up for the Cubs for 14 years as a player and then for close to 20 years as a radio and television broadcaster.

A popular player on the field, Santo was an All-star 9 times during his 15-year career.  And today he is as popular as he was during the 1960’s and 1970’s. 

Happy Birthday Mr. Santo!!!