This one had a bunch of display cases with baseball, football, and basketball singles. There might have been hockey too... but I didn't really take the time to look for them. They also had autographed photos and balls. Most of my attention was drawn to the middle of the shop where there were bargain (unopened) boxes, a pair of dollar boxes, and a few $2 boxes. I ended up spending $9 on singles, but since a few of the cards are for fellow bloggers, I'll go ahead and just show off the three cards I purchased for myself:
2017 Heritage Minor League #52
The Pete Rose milk carton was my favorite purchase of the trip, but this card was right behind it. I've become a huge Juan Soto fan over the past few weeks after watching his highlights and YouTube videos like this one:
How can you not appreciate his confidence and the little routine he does in the batter's box? Add in this guy's commentary and you have instant entertainment. Jomboy is currently my favorite YouTube channel.
Anyways... getting back to the card. It was sitting in the two dollar box and I was absolutely stoked to see it in there. This guy has a lot of upside. Hard to believe he's only 21 years old. Right, Night Owl? Lol. Just kidding buddy.
In addition to the Soto, I also found this Deacon Jones memorabilia card sitting in the $2 box:
2002 Leaf Certified Fabric of the Game #FG7 (#'d 20/50)
Deacon Jones played a little before my time, but from an early age I was well aware of his greatness. I mean... the guy is nicknamed the Secretary of Defense and is credited with coining the term "sack". There was no way I could pass up a piece of his game worn jersey for two bucks.
The last card I picked up for my collection is this Joey Votto memorabilia card:
2018 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection Relics #CCR-JVO
While walking around the card show, I stumbled across another Heritage Clubhouse Collection relic of Votto, but wasn't willing to pay the $2 price tag. However this card was sitting in the card shop's dollar box. Now that's a price I can live with. Like Soto... Votto is pretty entertaining. I've enjoyed watching his personality evolve over the years.
Overall... I was pretty happy with my first card shop experience in a long, long time. The guy who worked there looked like he hated his job, but at least he said "hello" and "goodbye". I was also told that Teammates has reasonable prices on supplies. If it were closer to my house, I probably would visit it a few times a year.
Unfortunately... this will probably be my last card shop visit of 2019... and possibly 2020.
What about you?
How often do you take trips to your local card shops?
And today's bonus question of the day...
What young MLB stars are you excited to watch and collect in 2020?
Looking forward to reading your responses. Have a great week! Happy Monday and sayonara!