I'm not sure about you... but finding a bargain at my local card shop is like finding a needle in a haystack. Please don't get the wrong idea. I completely understand the hardships of running a card shop and their attempts to compete with the internet. Unfortunately, the ones in my area lack the ability to offer competitive pricing.
In fact, the only things I usually purchase at my LCS are supplies and the occasional oddball insert. But last Saturday, found a guy selling a 1976 Topps football card set on Craigslist, so we decided to meet at the local shop. While I was waiting, I decided to kill some time looking through the owner's 5,000 count boxes. They were labeled 25¢ per card, but he told me he'd only charge me 10¢ per card if I found anything.
Two hours later... which includes the fifteen minutes it took to meet the Craigslist guy... I walked away with 200 dime cards. There were a handful of Tony Gwynn cards I didn't have, along with a handful of cards for my students. But the bulk of the haul was a stack of additions to my 90's insert binders. Here's a sample of my haul:
1999 SPx "Star Focus" #SF2
2000 UD Ionix "BIOrhythm" #B12
2000 UD Ionix "Reciprocal" #R45
1997 Bowman Chrome "Scout's Honor Roll Refractor" #SHR15
2000 UD Ionix "Atomic" #A10
More 90's Baseball Parallels
1997 Flair Showcase "Row 0" #29 Joe Carter
1996 Donruss "Silver Press Proof" #133 Mariano Rivera
1997 Pinnacle Certified "Mirror Red" #94 Dwight Gooden
1997 Pinnacle Certified "Mirror Blue" #20 Bernard Gilkey
Topps Basketball Black Gold
1993-94 Topps "Black Gold" #18 Shaquille O'Neal
1993-94 Topps "Black Gold" #19 Anfernee Hardaway
1993-94 Topps "Black Gold" #23 Chris Webber
2000 Bowman Chrome "By Selection Refractors" #B8 J. Smith/T. Pinkston
1997 Absolute "Leather Quads Gold" #16 Hill/Frerotte/Kaufman/Johnson
Hasek & Hull
1997-98 SPx "Bronze" #4 Dominik Hasek
1994-95 Finest "Division's Finest Clear Cut" #15 Brett Hull
In terms of Beckett value, I scored big. But let's be serious... 90's inserts & parallels just don't command the attention they once did. Which is a blessing in disguise, because I'm a huge fan of them and always will be.
Attention Cardboard Collectors: If you want to dump your 90's inserts & parallels of stars & superstars for 10¢ a piece... I'll buy them all day long.
Okay... it's your turn:
How many local card shops are within 15 miles of where you live? How often do you visit them?
Happy Thursday everyone... and sayonara!