1. Cards thrown into Ziploc bags tend to be damaged.
2. Who needs more 1992 Donruss baseball cards?
Bag #1: Vintage Oddballs $4
Right away a nice stack of 1968 Atlantic Oil Play Ball oddballs caught my attention. I had seen these cards before over at Wrigley Wax, but don't think I had seen any in person before.
The concept was simple. Customers who purchased gas were given game pieces that contained two player cards that each had a specific player number. Collect and match specific numbers and you could win prizes.
Just like McDonald's Monopoly game pieces, the winning cards were short printed and are very rare since most people redeemed these back in the day. My stack didn't contain any of the short printed cards. But there were a handful of hall of famers like Frank Robinson, Al Kaline, Lou Brock, Carl Yastrzemski, and Roberto Clemente.
It looks like some (possibly all) of the cards came with two different backs. One with the game piece cover and the other with the official rules.
In addition to the vintage game cards and 1992 Donruss, there were also two sets of 1986 Drake's Big Hitters:
These were originally released on boxes of Drake's products like the Hostess cards from the 70's. Someone took the time to cut these out. Unfortunately both sets are far from mint due to rubber band damage and inconsistent cutting.
On the other hand, it's a pretty cool oddball issue. They contain official MLB logos and have some awesome action shots.
Moral of the story? If you see a bag of Junk Wax Era cardboard sitting on a table at the flea market... it's probably worth the two seconds of your life to flip it over and see if there's anything else worthy on the other side.
Bag #2: Topps Rediscover Buybacks $5
Another bag of sorts. This time it's a team bag filled with 2017 Topps Rediscover buybacks.
1993 Topps #465
It's much less interesting compared to the Ziploc bag, but there were a few cards that I really, really wanted and the guy refused to break up the lot.
The key cards are the high flyin' Fernandez featured above and this Devon White rookie card:
And of course... there were a few vintage buybacks for some fellow bloggers and myself:
That's it. There were plenty of other cards to be had... but I'm trying to cut back on clutter. Here's a peak at the stuff I passed up:
I was interested in this binder filled with early 90's Fleer inserts...
But the $20 price tag was a little too steep for cards you regularly find in quarter bins. Plus, I'm trying my best to reduce the clutter.
This should prove challenging as I'll be hanging out at the 21st Annual TRISTAR Collectors Show at the Cow Palace on Saturday. My goal is to limit my dime box and quarter bin purchases... and hopefully purchase a 1956 Topps hall of famer for my collection. We'll see how that goes.
Enjoy the rest of the week. Happy Thursday and sayonara!