Outside of meeting up with some friends and talking shop, I pretty much walked into the show with two things on my mind:
#1: Find a 1973 or 1974 Topps Baseball Card Set
#2: Avoid Dime Boxes
I managed to fail twice. The guy I've purchased vintage sets from in the past wasn't at the show. And I stumbled upon some really nice dime boxes that were loaded with tons of cool cards for my collection (and some of yours). However... I don't want to spoil the surprise, so I just picked a few of my favorites to share tonight.
#1: 1988 JALFCO Johnston Cookies Reprint #5 10¢
Reprint or not... this card is beautiful and well worth the ten pennies I spent on it.
#2: 2010 Topps (Legends Variation) #489 10¢
I recently left comments on a couple of blogs in regards to these particular variations in the 2010 Topps set. The variations are easy to spot, because they're all legends... which is why I had no problems with pulling this card out of the dime box.
#3: 1974 Topps #333 10¢
There weren't a ton of vintage cards in these particular dime boxes, but I managed to scoop up a few hall of famers including this one featuring two guys who made it into Cooperstown on their first ballot.
The other two cards I'll share were a little pricier. Right next to the guy with dime boxes, there was a gentleman with autographs and memorabilia cards for two bucks each. I ended up grabbing eleven for $20.
#4: 2012 Finest UFC Finest Moments Autographs #FMDC $1.82
I've been thinking about starting a Daniel Cormier collection for awhile now. He's the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and he trains right down the street from me at AKA in San Jose.
#5: 2006 Flair Showcase Fresh Ink #FI-AG $1.82
There's a good chance that one day Mr. Gates will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which means that I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to grab his signature for less than $2.
I'm sure I'll eventually show off more of my purchases in future posts. However... I wanted to wrap things up by saying thanks to Brady over at St. Louis Cardinals' Cardboard for this huge box of cards:
There were a ton of goodies... but here are a few of my favorites:
Unfortunately... I ran out of my house this morning without this grocery bag filled with Cardinals stuff for Brady's collection.
Sorry Brady! I totally dropped the ball. I'll make sure to bring it out to TriStar in a few months. It was great to see you and catch up. You too Mr. Haverkamp!
Well... it's way past my bedtime. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.
Happy Saturday and sayonara!