Friday, November 29, 2013

A Grip Load of Gwynn

If you're a Tony Gwynn fan, then this post is definitely for you.  I recently stumbled upon a large collection of his collectibles on eBay and immediately entered the $9.99 opening bid.  A day later, I was the proud owner of this awesome lot:

2004 Tony Gwynn SGA Statue

These were handed out on September 3rd, 2004 at PETCO Park to 46,000 fans.  I'm a huge fan of stadium giveaways and was excited that this particular lot included two of these.  One of them has already been placed on my San Diego Padres shelf in the office.  The other will probably be handed down to my nephew.


July 30th, 2007

The San Diego Union-Tribune honored Gwynn on the front page the day after he was inducted.  They also included a special section dedicated to him and Cal Ripken Jr.

The seller had a few more items relating to Gwynn's induction into Cooperstown... including a copy of the 2007 Hall of Fame Yearbook and the induction program:


Earlier in the year, I offered a guy $7 at a card show for the yearbook and he shot me down.  I guess I should be grateful he did.

2007 USPS Photo/Cachet

This 12" x 16" matted piece was produced by the United States Postal Service back in 2007.  The photo collage and date stamped cachet is going to look awesome hanging up in my office after I buy a frame for it.


The final HOF related item was this special commemorative hat that was signed by Gwynn.  Well... at least I think it's his real signature.

There were a few more smaller items included in the lot like this pamphlet and pin:


But it's time to finally show off the centerpiece of this lot:

October 7th, 2001 Padres vs. Rockies Ticket Stub

This ticket stub might look like just an ordinary ticket, but it's actually from the final game of Gwynn's career.  After doing some research, I discovered that it's the same game in which Rickey Henderson collected the 3,000th hit of his career.  Pretty cool, huh?

Fans who attended the game also received a special commemorative ticket:


It included a special acrylic holder that could display the original ticket, as well as this oversized ticket.

I'm still amazed that I was able to win this auction for $9.99.  I'm guessing that other Gwynn collectors were turned off by the guy's $10.59 shipping fee... but for total price of $20.58, I'm perfectly content with this grip load of Gwynns.

Happy Friday and sayonara!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Giving Thanks

It's been a long time since I learned about the Pilgrims, the Mayflower, and Thanksgiving in grade school.  It's a good thing I collect little pieces of cardboard with pictures and words written on them, because sometimes you can actually learn a thing or two from them.

If you're interested in learning something about Pilgrims, check out card #130 from the 1992 Starline Americana set:



Okay... now that we've gotten the history portion of this post out of the way, I just wanted to thank all of you in our blogworld.  Believe it or not, trading card blogs are one of my outlets when I'm stressed out, frustrated, bored, or sad.

I truly appreciate all of you who take the time to read and comment on my posts.  One of my favorite things about this blog is the camaraderie built through the interaction of people who share a common interest.

I also want to thank all of the amazing bloggers out there who spend countless hours writing entertaining and informative posts.  I never enjoyed reading articles until I discovered trading card blogs.

Happy Thanksgiving and sayonara!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Flea Market Finds #50: 60's, 70's, and 80's Oh My!

When:  Sunday, November 24th
Where:  Capitol Flea Market
What:  Cardboard, Plastic, Metal, Ink, and Paper
How Much?:  $13

I haven't been getting a lot of sleep lately, so I came very close to sleeping in on Sunday morning instead of walking around the cold and dirty flea market.  Then I remembered how important it is to get out in the fresh air and exercise.

There were only two vendors with sports memorabilia, but sometimes it's not about quantity... it's about quality.  And at the end of the day, both of these guys had some of my money lining their pockets.

The first three purchases came from one guy as a single package, but I decided to break it down for this post.

Purchase #1A:  1977 Burger Chef Trays  $4


I have made it pretty clear on this blog and to fellow collectors that I am not a fan of logo-less cardboard.  But these were just too cool to pass up.  They remind me of those Pepsi Glove Discs from the same time period, except for these are a little smaller in diameter and come as part of a tray.


He had a bunch of different teams, but I only grabbed the Oakland A's and New York Yankees.  In hindsight, I probably should have grabbed the Detroit Tigers (for Mark Fidrych) and Philadelphia Phillies (for Steve Carlton) trays too.  Oh well.  Maybe next time.


Purchase #1B:  1968 Fleer Green Bay Packers Big Signs $2


Another oddball item that I've never seen and a great addition to my Green Bay Packers collection.  I probably would have also picked up the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, and/or Pittsburgh Steelers if he had them.  But he didn't.  He had just about every other team except for these four.

If you're interested in learning more about these vintage signs, please head over to The Fleer Sticker Project.  He scanned all of the different signs and wrote up an excellent post. 


Purchase #1C:  Kenner Starting Lineups $4

1988 Kenner SLU Kirby Puckett

1989 Kenner SLU Baseball Greats Reggie Jackson/Don Drysdale

The guy had a bunch of Kenner Starting Lineups for sale, but most of them had damaged packages.  Luckily for me, I don't care.  I have no problems freeing figures from their plastic prison cells and putting them on my SLU shelf, while adding the cards to my cardboard collection.

It's the first time I've seen this guy at Capitol, but he mentioned another flea market he sets up at.  I'll definitely be checking it out and hopefully he still has a few of those trays I mentioned above.


Purchase #2:  Manon Rheaume Autographed 8x10's $1


Remember the guy who sold me the 1984 Donruss set and the San Jose Sharks photo inserts the other weekend?  He was back again.  This time, he had a lot less stuff, but I managed to find these two autographed photos of the only female to ever play in a NHL exhibition game.

Neither of these photos are perfect.  The autograph on the left is personalized to Boo Boo and the silver ink used on the other photo is starting to bubble.  However... it's kind of hard to pass up 50¢ autographs of one of the greatest female hockey players to lace up skates.


Purchase #3:  Turn It Up A Notch VHS Tape $1


Don't laugh too hard.  I typically don't buy VHS tapes anymore.  But while browsing this lady's items, I noticed out of the corner of my eye that this tape was autographed.  Upon closer inspection I recognized former 49er's running back Roger Craig on the cover and gave the lady four quarters.


Purchase #4:  The Nightmare Before Christmas Monopoly Game $1


Do you ever find a deal that's too good to pass up... even if you have no use for the item?  This was one of those purchases.  Although the board game wasn't shrink wrapped, it's obvious that it hasn't been played.  The money, cards, pewter tokens, and plastic houses/hotels are still sealed.

I'll most likely take this out to the flea market in a few weeks and flip it to recoup some of my money.

Happy Tuesday and sayonara!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Don't Believe The Hype!

I can't believe I'm about to say this.  But I finally realize that Public Enemy's Flavor Flav is a very, very wise man.


Once upon a time, he spoke to me through music and said, "don't believe the hype".  Yet I chose to ignore him and carelessly dropped a lot of hard earn money on pieces of cardboard that were nothing but "hype".

If you collected cards back in the late 80's, then you're probably familiar with this card:

1989 Pro Set #47

At the time of its release, I wasn't really collecting football cards.  I'd buy a pack every now and then, but most of the money I earned working at Thrifty's was spent on baseball cards.

However 1989 Pro Set and their error cards and variations lured me like a moth to a flame... and symbolically burned me too.

There's no way of knowing how much money I spent in search of the famous William "Refrigerator" Perry Pro Set card.  But it's safe to say, I wasted a nice percentage of at least two or three pay checks.

What made it so famous?  Well... Pro Set produced and released a Perry card in their first series product.  Unfortunately, Mr. Perry hadn't signed a contract with the NFL Players Association, so they were forced to pull his card from production and replace him with Perry's teammate Ron Morris.

The outcome?  Collectors started buying up Series 1 packs of 1989 Pro Set in search of the short printed variation.


According to The Official NFL Pro Set Card Book, collectors originally paid three figures for this totally "hyped" up card.  I never ended up pulling one, but earlier this year I found one online for a few bucks and grabbed it.  Beckett still lists it in their price guide at $15, but completed eBay auctions usually end in the $5 to $13 price range.

It's actually nice to see that it has somewhat retained its value.  At least it's not a common.  But I just can't help but remember the effect this card had on my wallet when I was younger.  The good thing is I'll typically stay away from "hyped" up cards or products these days until things die down and prices become more reasonable.

What are some of your favorite cards that were at one point or another overly promoted for one reason or another?

 Happy Sunday and sayonara!

Friday, November 22, 2013

I Crave The Wave

For over twenty years, I've wanted to add the 1984 Donruss baseball set to my collection.  And after last weekend's flea market purchase, I'm five cards away from fulfilling that dream.


1984 Donruss has always been one of the more popular sets from the 80's, because it has so much to offer.  It introduced the hobby to their famous Rated Rookies subset.  The set featured a fresh new "wave" design, a bright turquoise card back, and solid photography.  Donruss even included inserts (Living Legends) into their packs for the first time.

But to me... the thing that separates this set apart from most of the other sets produced in the 80's is the fact that "demand" still outweighs "supply".  Outside of the 1980 Topps set, I can't think of another regular issue base set from the 80's that sells for over $30 on a regular basis.

Maybe 1982 Topps?  Possibly 1983 Topps?  1989 Upper Deck?  However... I picked up both of these Topps sets at the start of the year for $25 each and have seen the iconic Upper Deck set at the flea market on several occasions for $25.

But I have never seen the 1984 Donruss set at that price.  Well... at least not until last weekend.

And the only reason I was able to secure it for $12 is because I was convinced that the empty spots within the binder were reserved for the key rookie cards.


Surprisingly, they were all there.

However I still need these five cards if anyone has any base cards laying around:


2 Dave Concepcion (DK)
3 Dwayne Murphy (DK)
5 Leon Durham (DK)
178 Jim Sundberg
294 Tony Armas

It's your turn.

Are you a fan of the 1984 Donruss set?  Why or why not?

What's your favorite baseball card set from the 80's?  Why?

Happy Friday and sayonara!