Being the card addict that I am... I wasn't able to walk away without spending some of the money I brought to the show. After hanging out a little over eight hours at the show, I ended up making five purchases from four different dealers.
In an effort to keep this post a reasonable length and to conserve a little time, today I'll be showing off my first two purchases which came from the same guy.
Purchase #1: Dollar Bin $15
I've seen this dealer before, but I'm not sure if I've ever purchased anything from him. His setup included a bunch of display cases with higher end cards, a shoebox filled with quarter cards, a pair of monster boxes containing higher end cards marked 75% off, and two super monster boxes filled with dollar cards.
My eyes were originally drawn to the Brett Hull rookie card that was sitting on top of one of the dollar bins. Anyone else remember this card selling for $50 back in the early 90's?
2019-20 Panini Prizm Sensational Swatches #SS-ADV
The vendor mostly had 90's stuff in his boxes, but I did pick up a few basketball relics from this past year. I also found a few 90's parallels and inserts. Here a pair of hall of fame refractors I couldn't pass up for a dollar:
1997-98 Finest Silver Refractor #275
1997 Finest Silver Refractor #106
The guy also had a few dozen autographs he supposedly acquired in person at Spring Training. I picked up a pair of signed Sandy Alomar Jr. rookie cards, a cool Bert Campaneris Mother's Cookies card, and this rookie card of Robin Ventura:
1988 Topps Traded #124T
Out of all of the non-certified autographs, this card looks the sketchiest. None of his 90's pack pulled autographs come even close to looking like this one. However, I found a similar looking signature that was slabbed by PSA/DNA, so there's a chance it's legit.
1998 Skybox Premium Autographics #NNO
I would have loved to pull any Skybox Autographics card from a pack back in the 90's. Jeff George isn't one of the greatest quarterbacks of his era, but he was the first overall pick in the 1990 NFL Draft. There was no way I was passing up this autograph for a buck.
There are a few other cards that I'd like to talk about from this purchase, but I think I'll discuss them in future posts and move along to the 2nd autograph I purchased from the dealer.
Purchase #2: Josh Donaldson Autograph $7
2014 Topps Triple Threads Rookie and Phenom Autographed Relics #103
Donaldson was a huge fan favorite among Oakland A's fans and seeing him on cards featured in Green and Gold stirs up many fond memories. But it also reminds me of the disappointing trade that shipped him off to Toronto back in 2014.
This card was sitting in the guy's 75% off bin with a $30 price tag. I stood there going back and forth on whether or not to buy this card. Ultimately I grabbed it after I noticed that I only have two other autographs of Donaldson sitting in my A's collection.
Well that wraps up the first part of my card show recap. I'm planning special posts for Saturday and Monday, so I probably won't get around to the second half of my card show pickups until next Tuesday or Thursday.
Happy Thursday and sayonara!