Daily Archives: July 8, 2013

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – Lot Of 2 Andre Dawson 1985 7-11 Slurpee 3-D Coins

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – Lot Of 2 Andre Dawson 1985 7-11 Slurpee 3-D Coins

There was one dealer at the show that had nothing but oddball stuff at his table.  It was not very organized as it was just sitting in colored buckets, but I was intrigued by all of the 30-count and 40-count set boxes that were familiar to me from my youth.

In the mix, he had a lot of neat things to check out – including 4-5 vials of disc/coin cards from the 1980’s.  I asked if they were being sold as a set or individually and he told me that the sets had already been broken up and to feel free to jump in and check them out.

So, I did!!

And I rescued these two:

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Both are from the 1985 7-11 Slurpee 3D Coin set, and both feature Andre Dawson!  I scanned them both with the hopes of being able to capture the changes that occur when these neat little coins are tilted.  I was not able to snag the full images, but I think you can see that the coin features both an action and a close-up shot of Andre from his time with the Expos.

I did not have these in my collection prior to the show, so I easily consider this my best purchase of the night!!!!

And the dealer told me he would bring more next month for me to sift through – YES!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – Lot Of 2 1993 Topps ‘Top Prospects’ With Chipper Jones & Mike Piazza

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – Lot Of 2 1993 Topps ‘Top Prospects’ With Chipper Jones & Mike Piazza

I have yet to review these cards to see what they may be worth, but when I found them back-to-back in a ten-cent bargain bin, I made the small investment strictly out of curiosity.

I’m a fan of Chipper Jones and I really enjoyed watching his entire career.  As for Piazza, he was a Marlin for five game in between stints in Los Angeles and New York – I am not a fan, but for a dime, I figured I would let that pass this time around.

The cards are from the 1993 Topps set and both feature the headline of ‘Top Prospects’.

Check them out:

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An interesting fact from each:

– The Chipper Jones card has him as a Shortstop prospect
– The Mike Piazza card also features Carlos Delgado as a catching prospect

Pretty cool!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Lot Of 3 2013 Topps Archives ‘Tall Boys’ – Boston Red Sox: Evans, Burks, Middlebrooks!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Lot Of 3 2013 Topps Archives ‘Tall Boys’ – Boston Red Sox: Evans, Burks, Middlebrooks!!

I did much better with the ‘Tallboys’ set at the show than any other that I was going after.

I was able to find three cards for my set, and it is really odd that all three feature players from the Boston Red Sox.  The cards cover three eras of Red Sox baseball – the 1970’s, the 1990’s, and the present time.

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I like the cards.  I like the consistency of the approach with the same colors being used for the team too.

Not a bad way to take a chunk out of my ‘Want List’ for the set!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Giancarlo Stanton 2013 Topps ‘Chase It Down’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Giancarlo Stanton 2013 Topps ‘Chase It Down’

I may have passed on adding another card from the ‘Archives 72 Basketball Design’ set to my collection, but I was not going to let this one get by me.

I’m still unsure if this is a set that I want to collect, but I do like the theme.  ‘Chase It Down’ is a fantastic name for a card set that depicts outfielders diving for baseballs.

This is the Giancarlo Stanton card from the set:

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He’s far from an elite defender.  He’s more like an adequate one.  But, he does make some pretty nice plays – and as you can see above, he is not afraid to put his body on the line to ‘go get one’.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Dave Winfield 2013 Topps Archives ‘1972 Basketball Design’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Dave Winfield 2013 Topps Archives ‘1972 Basketball Design’

I was only able to find two cards from the 2013 Topps Archives ‘1972 Basketball Card Design’ subset at the show.

One of those cards featured Giancarlo Stanton and I already owned that one.  The other one was Dave Winfield’s card from the set – so I scooped it up!!

The card looks great, and I am very happy with the image selection that Topps used for the card.  I love that Padres hat that Winfield is sporting!!!

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Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Sparky Anderson 2013 Panini Golden Age

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Sparky Anderson 2013 Panini Golden Age

While at the show, I found a seller that had a decent sized stack of cards from this year’s Panini Golden Age set.  I’d seen the cards on the web, but not in person so I was eager to check them out.

Ultimately, the set is not for me.  Some of the cards are nice, but there is not enough baseball-related material in the set for me to get excited about it.  Between the other sports, celebrities, and historical figures – I will pass.

But, I was able to grab this card of Sparky Anderson.  I like the look of the card, but I know it would look better if there was a White ‘C’ on Sparky’s cap!

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Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – Lot Of 4 Christian Yelich 2013 Topps Pro Debut Baseball Cards

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – Lot Of 4 Christian Yelich 2013 Topps Pro Debut Baseball Cards

I am the farthest thing from a prospector.  My preference has, and always will be, been going after the legends of the game that helped shape the history of this great sport.   And it is safe to say that 99% of the money and time I invest into my collection stays true to that method of collecting.

However, I have been hearing about Christian Yelich for a few years now and I fully expect for him to get called up towards the end of this season.  He’ll get a chance to face big league talent, and if all goes well he will be on the Miami Marlins roster in 2014.

I scooped these four cards for $1.00.  Not a huge investment, but one that Andre Dawson told me is worth making.  When discussing the future of the Marlins and their youth in the minors, he told me that Yelich is ‘the real deal’ and will be a nice fit in the outfield next season if he keeps doing what he’s doing.

And that is enough for me…

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Baseball Card Show Review

Baseball Card Show Review

As you may recall, my weekend plans started on Friday night with the local baseball card show coming to town.

The show was at a new location and while the room was quite a bit smaller, it was much better suited with quality lighting than what I had been used to at the show’s prior location.  It is also quite a bit closer to where I live – taking only 20 minutes to get there versus the normal 35-40 minute drive I had been making for the better part of three years.

As for the cards, there was a lot of stuff to look at.   And with a smaller room, it felt like there was less space to spread out and get going – but I still managed to pull some cards for my collection.

My haul was not quite as large as what I would have liked, but I was able to knock out a few needs for my collection and I will show them off throughout the day.

Stay tuned and enjoy!

Happy Birthday Jerome Walton!!!

Happy Birthday Jerome Walton!!!

Jerome Walton turns 48 years old today.

Jerome Walton was a text-book leadoff hitter – A player that was able to hit for average, get on base consistently, and steal bases. During Walton’s rookie year, he hit .293 and had 24 stolen bases. In addition to that, he also set the major league record for consecutive games with a hit by a rookie with 30 games. Walton became a fan favorite and wound up winning the Rookie of the Year award in ’89. The kid with the ‘unusual batting stance’ looked like he was headed for stardom and was going to help make the Cubs winners.

Unfortunately, the exact opposite happened. Walton’s best year was his rookie season and his star quickly faded as he became more and more inconsistent at the plate. In less than 3 seasons with the Cubs, Walton lost his starting job and was not granted a contract extension. Walton then went on to play for 5 different teams in 6 seasons and never was able to get consistent playing time. He still showed that he had better than average offensive skills, but he was never able to earn a full-time job. Jerome Walton retired from baseball after the 1998 season.

Happy Birthday Mr. Walton!!!

Andre Dawson 2003 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic – Classic Greats – On-Ball Auto!!!

Andre Dawson 2003 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic – Classic Greats – On-Ball Auto!!!

I see cards like these pop up all of the time on Ebay while shopping for new cards of Andre Dawson for my collection.  I already had one, but since I am trying to build the ‘Ultimate Dawson’ collection, adding more is something I would like to do.

The problem with these kinds of cards is the pen/ball combination used.  Some just don’t work either the leather does not hold the autograph.  Or the pen used was not a good choice.  And I certainly do not want to smudged or faded version in my collection…

There are a few that have withstood time.  And this one from the 2003 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic set is definitely in that category.

Have a look:

DAWSON AUTO BALLCARD

The autograph is clean and has not faded in the least bit.  I may have had to pay a little more for this ‘crisp’ one, but at least knowing that it is 10 years old and looks this good ensures that it will last.

SWEET!!!