Daily Archives: July 14, 2014

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – Box Of 1988 Score Baseball Cards – YESSIR!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – Box Of 1988 Score Baseball Cards – YESSIR!!!

The same seller with the Marlins goodies and assorted bargain bins had a full table of vintage wax.  And the table was loaded.

I must have walked by his display three or four times before I finally decided to really look and see what he had.

I’ve bought 1980’s wax boxes at card shows in the past, but it has been a while.  And since I have not ripped any modern wax since the Series 1 release of the 2014 Topps set, my desire to tear into some baseball card packs has been building.

So, I checked out his assortment and narrowed it down to a few random boxes.

Eventually, I opted for a box of 1988 Score baseball packs.  The box has 36 packs, and as many of you know this was Score’s debut set.  The packs were packaged in a clear plastic versus foil or wax paper, and you can see the top card on each pack if you focus your attention towards it.

Here is my buy:


The box is a bit tattered, but the packs are more than fine.

In addition to that, the bottom of the box features four cards…


And wouldn’t you know that I got one with Andre Dawson on it!  And Darryl Strawberry and Rickey Henderson too.

Here is a look at the opened box:


And here is a stack of some of the packs…


As for what I am going to do now, I am not quite sure.

While I don’t need all of these cards in my collection, and I have no desire to build this set, I am excited to rip into some of them.

Maybe I will give a few to my boys.  And maybe I will offer up a few of them on my blog.

Time will tell.  But, I can guarantee that when I rip into them, I will share the cards with you right here.

Thanks for reading.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – Awesome Lot Of Sweet Florida Marlins Vintage Memorabilia

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – Awesome Lot Of Sweet Florida Marlins Vintage Memorabilia

A new dealer at the show had a lot of large buckets of ‘stuff’ on one of his many tables.  He had a lot of stuff, and it was all very unorganized.  When I walked by and started peering into the buckets with really digging in, he told me that I could have ‘Any 3 items for $1.00’.  That got me to stop and look.  And I am glad that I did.

While pretty sloppy and unorganized, he did have a ‘Marlins bin’ so that is where I spent my time.

I pulled a total of nine items.  All vintage stuff from the original ‘Florida’ team.  And all neat additions to my Marlins collection.

First, I nabbed an inaugural team button and team pocket schedule.


Then, I pulled some stuff from the 1997 World Series – two mini pennants and a large souvenir button.


Lastly, I grabbed some player commemorative pins that were game-day giveaways during the early years of the team.

I was able to grab pins of Andre Dawson, Edgar Renteria, Livan Hernandez, and a special #715 pin of Hank Aaron.


I have to say that off all of my pick-ups at the card show, these Marlins treats are by far my favorite.  The vintage look and the conjured up memories take me right back to those days – and I love it!

For me, this was the best $3.00 purchase I made at the show.  I’ll definitely have to stop by this dealer’s table the next time I go to a show.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – 2001 Topps Progression W/Jim Palmer

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – 2001 Topps Progression W/Jim Palmer

I have two other versions of this baseball card in my collection – one stars Joe Morgan and the other stars Johnny Bench.

But, I never knew that Jim Palmer was included on one of them as well.

So, when I saw this card, I had to grab it and add it to my stack.



The card features three players, each from the next era in baseball.  The theme and thought is to present the card as a progression of pitchers in the sport.

Of the three, there is no doubt who the star is from this group – gotta be #22.

A great, and very unexpected, addition to my Jim Palmer PC.  YES!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Lot Of 2 Sweet Wade Boggs Modern Fleer ‘Greats’ Cards

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Lot Of 2 Sweet Wade Boggs Modern Fleer Cards

Remember that card of Willie McCovey I showed you a few hours ago?  Well, the other card I scored from the same set is of legendary Red Sox hitter and Hall of Famer, Wade Boggs.

And I also grabbed another card of Boggs from the ‘Fleer Greats’ set – this second card is from the ‘Greats Of The Game’ set and it, too, is fantastic.

Both cards set me back a dime each and I have to think that this $0.20 investment was well worth the money spent.

Have a look:



I told you that they were both sweet.

Fleer did great work with each of these ‘Greats’ sets.  I’m happy that they can be had affordably as that means more cards for my player collections.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Rod Carew 2005 Topps Pristine ‘The Legendary Years’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Rod Carew 2005 Topps Pristine ‘The Legendary Years’

I have a very small selection of cards from this set.  But, the 2005 Topps Pristine ‘The Legendary Years’ set is really, really nice.

I’ve got Dawson cards from the set.  And Jenkins, too.  And I have a Reggie Jackson card as well.

And now, I have a great-looking Rod Carew card too.

Have a look:



What’s not to like?  One of the best hitter of all-time.  A sweet afro.  A great-looking old-school Twins cap and jersey.  And a card finish that is both stunning and unique.

Not bad for ten cents.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Willie McCovey 2001 Fleer Greats

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Willie McCovey 2001 Fleer Greats

I’ve always been a sucker for the ‘Fleer Greats’ set.  If I run into one that I don’t already have, I am pretty much guaranteed that I will be buying it.

Especially when the card is in a ‘Dime Bin’.

This time around, while sifting through modern cards, I found a card of Willie McCovey from the 2001 Fleer Greats set.

Have a look:



Lovin’ It!!  I really like how the player’s image really stands out on these cards.  And the bat and ball logo in the lower-left corner has always been a favorite of mine.

Give me a few hours – I nabbed another card from this set of one of my favorite hitters.  It’s a doozie!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – Lot Of 58 Card For My 1975 Topps Set Build

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – Lot Of 58 Card For My 1975 Topps Set Build

My favorite vintage dealer really hooked me up this time.  When I approached his table, I was greeted with a handshake and a message of “I’m happy you’re here. I picked up another box of 75s and I kept them separate for you”.  You could imagine my excitement…

So, I jumped right in and immediately started pulling cards from the box that were on my list of ‘Needs’.

And by the end of the box, I had 58 new cards for my 1975 Topps set build.  For $20, I knocked out another 10% of the set – in just 30 minutes.

Here is the stack:



And as always, it is mixed with commons, team cards, rookie cards, All-Stars, and stars.

And you’ll have to wait to see them all as I plan to launch each card in the same manner that I have been – one at a time.


Baseball Card Show Review

Baseball Card Show Review

Well, after missing both baseball card shows from May and June, I was pretty excited to attend the July show.

And I was equally excited as I exited the shows as I definitely found some new and neat gems for my collection.  And when I say ‘new’, of course I mean old…

I was at the show for a little less than two hours, sorting and sifting through boxes and boxes of cards.  I pulled some decent stuff for my vintage player collections, and a ton of cards for my 1975 Topps set build.

In addition to that, I scored a few Marlins goodies that would make any fan smile, and lastly, I hauled in some special vintage wax.

Ready to see the entire haul?  Cool.  I’ll be launching a new post every 90 minutes for the remainder of the day until I show you all of it.

Buckle up, it is gonna be a fun ride!

1968 HEADLINE: Henry Aaron Crushes Career Home Run #500!!!!

1968 HEADLINE: Henry Aaron Crushes Career Home Run #500!!!!

On this day in 1968, Hank Aaron belted the 500th home run of his amazing baseball career. This milestone came at home and in Atlanta against the San Francisco Giants. In the bottom of the third inning, Aaron crushed a 3-run home run off of Giants’ pitcher Mike McCormick giving the Braves a 3-0 lead and giving baseball another member in the historic ‘500 HR Club’.

For the day, Aaron went 2-for-4 with the home run and a single. He drove in three runs on the day while scoring another.

This game also featured another future member of the ‘500 HR Club’ – Hall of Famer, Willie McCovey.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Aaron!!!

1967 HEADLINE: Eddie Matthews Joins The ‘500 Home Runs Club’

1967 HEADLINE: Eddie Matthews Joins The ‘500 Home Runs Club’

On this day in 1967, Eddie Mathews joined the exclusive ‘500 Home Runs Club’.

After playing 15 years with the Braves organization, Mathews bounced around a bit between Detroit and Houston to finish his 17-year major league career. It was in 1967, during his time with the Houston Astros that Mathews became just the seventh player in big league history to collect 500 home runs.

He did it on July 14th in 1967 when he and his Astros teammates were on the road in San Francisco to take on the Giants. In the top of the 6th inning Mathews hit a huge home run off of future Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal and the rest was history. For the game, Mathews went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI and 1 run scored.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Mathews!!!