If you thought 2020 was a great year... than you were definitely in the minority. However it wasn't completely terrible. While blaster boxes were drying up and card shows were being canceled left and right... collectors discovered and turned to the online dime box... also known as BASEBALLCARDSTORE.CA. I made a couple of purchases before the start of summer. After that... every time I looked for cards there wasn't anything I could really use. By the time June rolled around, I pretty much stopped browsing their inventory.
Then on Christmas Eve, Crazie Joe mentioned that the people who run the online dime box were starting a blog. I decided to check it out and ended up spending $17 (+ $4.99 shipping) on five $1 mystery packs (baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and non-sports), 70 dime cards, and a five dollar multi-sport mystery bag.
Today's post is mainly going to focus on a few of the dime cards for my PC's and the $1 baseball mystery pack. As with most mystery packs that allow the customer to preview what's inside... the key card is right up front and it easily made the purchase worth while:
1959 Topps #466
This card made me regret not picking up four more of these baseball mystery packs instead of grabbing one of each sport and a non-sport pack.
This card is a very nice addition to the vintage binder... especially since I don't own many baseball cards from the 50's.
Here's a look at the rest of the mystery pack:
The Drysdale was the card showing on the other side of the pack. And even though there was a 1989 Donruss card tossed into the pack, the pack itself wasn't filled with Junk Wax Era commons.
I actually needed the Ichiro and the White Sox mascot card for my collection. And I'm sure I can find a home for the Drysdale among one of the Dodger bloggers out there.
As for the mystery pack... I'd say it's well worth the buck. I even have seventeen of these packs sitting in my shopping cart... since with shipping that comes out to approximately the price of a blaster. However I haven't bought them yet. Figured I'd sleep on it for a few days.
Now here are few of the more interesting dime cards I purchased...
1990 O-Pee-Chee #774
Going to a Canadian baseball card shop and walking away without at least one O-Pee-Chee card is like going to a bar and not ordering a drink. Back in 1990... Ben McDonald was one of the key rookies to pull from a pack of cards. These days? Not so much.
1994-95 Hoops #297
I'm not sure how I even stumbled across this card, because I wasn't targeting basketball cards... but I sure am glad I found it. Denzel has starred in some awesome movies. Glory and Remember the Titans are two of my favorites.
Do you have a favorite Denzel Washington movie?
1996 Panini Baseball Stickers #117
I'm always looking to add new Nomo cards to my binder for a dime. This might be a sticker, but that's okay. I don't discriminate.
1991 Legends #43
This was the card that made me click the checkout button. As soon as I stumbled across this magazine card... I knew I was going to place an order.
The rest of the dime cards were mostly football oddball issues and hockey rookie cards. Neither of these things draw many views... so I probably won't waste any time showing them off. However...
Is anyone interested in seeing what's inside the four other "non-baseball" mystery packs?
And while I'm showing off one mailday, I might as well show off a pair of PWE's I received recently too. The first one is from Nachos Grande:
2020 Topps A&G
Chris helped me out by crossing off eight more cards for my set build. I have a ton of duplicates and some inserts, so if anyone out there has any 2020 Topps Allen & Ginter laying around... here's my wantlist:
And the other PWE was a prize package from Gregory over at Nine Pockets:
He recently celebrated the second anniversary of his blog and generously gave away twenty prize packages.