Daily Archives: January 6, 2014

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – 4/5 Cards From The 1997 Topps Roberto Clemente Commemorative Set

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – 4/5 Cards From The 1997 Topps Roberto Clemente Commemorative Set

I bought these four cards from the same seller that I picked up the 1989 Topps Andre Dawson coin from.

As I mentioned in that post, his table was full of vintage oddball stuff  – and I rummaged through a majority of it.

I came across these four cards of Roberto Clemente and I was immediately intrigued.

Have a look:

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Upon reviewing the cards, I saw that they were numbered as RC1, RC2, RC3, and RC4.  I immediately wanted to know if I had a full set, but the dealer did not know.  Still, I bought them all with the goal of learning more when I got home and was able to get online.

Well, research shows that this is a 5-card set.  They were randomly inserted into packs of 1997 Topps Series 1 and Series 2.  And they are not that rare – you could find one in every twelve packs.

As for card #5, I will have to seek it out so I can complete my set!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – Ken Griffey. Jr. 2013 Bowman Sapphire Rookie Re-Print

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – Ken Griffey. Jr. 2013 Bowman Sapphire Rookie Re-Print

Wow, talk about a card that stands out, this one is the shiniest card that I spotted at the show.

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This card is from the 2013 Bowman Sapphire Rookie Re-print set, and it features his famous 1989 Bowman rookie card.

The shine is unreal – between the shade of Blue chosen and the high-gloss finish, the card actually reflects light!

I paid $1.00 for the card – not sure if that was over or under-paying, but I was not going to simply pass this one by.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Lot Of 3 Panini ‘Induction’ Cards w/Stargell, Ryan, & Henderson

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Lot Of 3 Panini ‘Induction’ Cards w/Stargell, Ryan, & Henderson

More future subset inspiration from the same seller!!!

I was able to score three cards from the 2012 & 2013 Panini ‘Induction’ set – starring Willie Stargell, Nolan Ryan, and Rickey Henderson.

Check it out:

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Just like the ‘High Praise’ cards that I showed off in the prior post, the ‘Induction’ set has long been on my list of modern subsets to go after and complete.

These three cards will give me a head-start in that process – and I am hoping that during the 2014 collecting year I can knock out all of these sets.

 

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Lot Of (2) 2012 Panini ‘High Praise’ Cards

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Lot Of (2) 2012 Panini ‘High Praise’ Cards

I was able to find a few cards in a dime box that will help push me into a few more subsets when I am done building the ones that I am currently working on.

The first lot is from the 2012 Panini ‘High Praise’ set and I was able to snag two cards – Robin Yount & Whitey Ford.

Have a look:

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These cards are super-nice, and I really like the layout of the card with the horizontal design.

This subset has been on my list to collect since it was introduced in 2012.

Consider this an unofficial step #1 towards that goal.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Derek Jeter 2007 Topps ‘Flashback Fridays’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Derek Jeter 2007 Topps ‘Flashback Fridays’

As soon as I saw this card, I threw it into my ‘Buy’ stack.

I’ve never seen this card design before but I was immediately intrigued by the look and design of the card.

Have a look:

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The card comes from the 2007 Topps ‘Flashback Friday’ set.  I know this now because I did a little web research on it.   But at the show, I had no clue what I had found – I just scanned around for more cards from the same set but I did not yield any more cards.

More web research reveals that the set was issued in 2007 as a hobby-shop exclusive.  5 cards were inserted into packs and each week a new pack was available only at the hobby-shop level until the full 25-card set was dispersed.

I was able to find a picture of the pack as well.

Here it is:

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Pretty cool.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – 2013 Bowman Colin Moran ROOKIE CARD!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – 2013 Bowman Colin Moran ROOKIE CARD!!!

Sure, he is not a household name, not even in Miami.  But, the expectations for Colin Moran are pretty high.

He was the 6th pick in the draft, chosen by the Marlins to be their future third baseman.

Moran had a solid career at the University of North Carolina, and he was the ACC Player Of The Year in 2013.  He played in the Arizona Fall League for the Marlins this year and he did fairly well, even homering in his first at-bat as a professional baseball player.

I was very excited to see that Colin was included in the 2013 Bowman set this year, and I picked up his rookie card from one of my favorite dealers at the show.

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3B has long been a hole in the Marlins’ defense.  Since losing Miguel Cabrera and Mike Lowell, the ‘Fish’ have yet to truly find a replacement at ‘The Hot Corner’.

Hopefully Colin Moran is that answer!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – Andre Dawson 1989 Topps Coin

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – Andre Dawson 1989 Topps Coin

I have seen these fly across Ebay for several years but have never taken the plunge on one of them.  No specific reason why, just was hoping to see on in person before confirming if I wanted one.

There was a seller at the show that had a table full of ‘Vintage Oddball’ stuff.  And it was all priced to sell.

I was able to snag two of these coins:

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The coin comes from the 1989 Topps coin set.  The set contained 60 coins in total with a nice mix of players and teams being represented.

The sets were sold complete, in nice presentation boxes and can be found pretty regularly on Ebay and other memorabilia sites.

I am happy to finally land the Dawson coin for my collection!

Baseball Card Show Review

Baseball Card Show Review

Well, I attended my first Saturday baseball card show in more than a year this past weekend.

I was eager to see what the mix of dealers and collectors was on a Saturday afternoon versus my normal night of Friday.  And to be honest, the scene was not much different – similar mix of people and dealer displays.

But, I did pretty well.  I scored a new Dawson for my collection.  I added some neat modern cards.  And I scored a vintage card that has been on my ‘Want List’ for the better part of five years.

So, sit back and relax – and check back with your buddy at ’30-YOC’ all day long as I will be showing off my loot from the show throughout the day.

Let’s Go!!!

CONTEST TIME: Predict the Percentage Of HOF Votes Greg Maddux Gets And Win!!!

CONTEST TIME: Predict the Percentage Of HOF Votes Greg Maddux Gets And Win!!!

Alright guys and girls, welcome to the first contest of the year at ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

And this one is going to be a blast, I promise!

Early next week, the Hall of Fame is going to announce the results of their ballot for the Class of 2014.  And while nothing is an absolute certainty, it is a very safe bet that Greg Maddux will be elected to Cooperstown on his first ballot.

Maddux, considered the finest pitcher of his era, has the credentials to match many of the sport’s greatest pitchers and he deserves to be selected as the ‘lead player’ to be enshrined into the class of 2014.

But, how many votes will he get?  What percentage of the voters will choose him?

Care to guess?  I hope so, because that is what this contest is all about – Predict the Percentage of HOF Votes Greg Maddux Gets And Win!!!

To enter this contest, submit your number into the comments section of this post.  All entries must contain a decimal, so if you think is going to get 100% of the vote, you must submit 100.0 as your number.  And if you think he is going to nab 95.5% of the vote, you must submit 95.5.  It’s that simple.  Also, once a number is chosen, it cannot be taken again so choose wisely and quickly.

The person whose number is closest to Maddux’s actual tally, without going over, will win.

The prize?

Greg Maddux baseball cards, of course!!  Have a look:

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Sound like fun?  Great, let’s play.  Submit your number into the comments section of this post and let’s go!!

I will keep the entry window for this contest open until Tuesday night at 9:00PM EST.  And I will post the final list of the players and their picks on Wednesday morning.

Good Luck to all!!