Saturday, September 3, 2016

An overdue card show post

Last Saturday saw me attending my first show in about five months now. Now I know that no one is wondering why I haven't been to show in so long, but I'm going to tell you anyway, the answer is rather has been crazy hot and Nashville is not a fun place to be when it's been this warm.

Summer started here (and I'm assuming in most other places in the South as well) in mid to late April, and by all accounts it has been on average at least ten degrees warmer than is normal, per day, during most of that time. Even where I am, which is at around the 1900 ft elevation mark, it has been averaging over 90 degrees with a real feel of over a 100 degrees since basically May.

And this past Saturday was no exception with the temperature at 95 degrees and the real feel of 105. I really wasn't in the mood to attend this particular show, but I have been in desperate need of supplies and there is a guy there that has just about the best prices on such things, that I have seen.

Also, since everyone seems to be gearing up for the end of September show, which is supposed to be the biggest one in their history (120 tables) I didn't know what to expect as far as dealer turn out goes. But it turned out to be sell out show, with what seemed to be even more people attending than normal, which made the room even hotter (and whiffier, but I won't go in to that).

The last thing I will mention before getting to some pictures, is this show was a bit unusual for me in that I didn't buy anything over 25 cents, with most of it being from the ten cent boxes. Not that I'm complaining, it's nice to go to a show and only spend a little over $20 on cards for a change, and the total cost of the supplies that I went there for was $22 (I wanted to make sure I didn't need anything for a while again).

So after all that, here is a small sampling of what I got:
This one through me off when I first saw it. I mean obviously it's a 1971 Kellogg's 3-D of Billy Williams, but it's a piece of hand cut cardboard and definitely not 3-D.
Not until right before going to google for help did I realize that it must of been the card pictured on the cereal box advertising the card inside. After getting no help from google (as usual), I went to eBay and found four or five more cut out cards from the 1971 series, but I still don't know how many different cards were featured on the boxes.

This '66 Gonzalez and '72 Buford were the only two vintage set needs that I was able to get. Both are in pretty good shape considering they were only a dime apiece. There wasn't much vintage to be had this time, except for the couple of sellers that are always there with crazy Beckett prices attached to their stuff. There was also a new seller there with a 3200 ct box full of really great stuff that wasn't priced, but since he couldn't even look away from his phone to acknowledge me, I just walked away.

Buybacks for a dime are always a welcome sight.

A whole bunch of set needs!

I almost always buy any of the Topps parallels that I find in the dimes boxes, but I still find it a bit surprising that something like this 2011 Update Blue David Ortiz can be found for such a low price. And I recently decided to start working on the Chasing History insert set, as it doesn't seem like it will be to hard to complete. This Gary Sheffield brings me to a total of 7 or 8 now, only around 140 to go!

I feel like I could do an entire post on what I like and don't like about this 1986 Louisville Redbirds Mascot card, maybe sometime in the future I will, but for now the image alone will have to suffice.

Even though I don't really have any interest in keeping it, I still couldn't pass on this Broder Pete Rose for a dime.

It's kind of nice being so late to the A&G party, because I can find cards like these three from the 2010 set, and still get a great deal of enjoyment from them.

I'm not actively pursuing these 2003-04 Fleer Ultra Roundball inserts, but since moving here, I have acquired about 3/4 of the set through dime boxes.

How about a 1998-99 Molten Metal Xplosion Joe Smith for 10 cents? That's what I call a good deal. This parallel set is very high on my priority list right now, easily in the top five, as far as sets I'm pursuing goes.

Eight 1994-95 SP Premium Collection inserts, which is eight more than I have seen in quite a few years.

I have been working on the 2013-14 Prizm set and any of the parallels that I can find cheap, but I don't really know if I will be actively looking for cards from any of the other years worth of Prizm. That being said I still picked up a few of these 2012-13 Prizm Prizms...

...and about dozen Prizm Prizms from the 2014-15 set...

...and three blue Prizms, which are numbered to /99 (these shouldn't be able to be gotten for only 10 cents each), also from the 2014-15 set...

...and from the same year these two blue mojo prizms...
 ...and these wicked cool die-cuts, both colors are numbered to /139 (and as a side note, I would like to applaud Panini for including Louie Dampier in a modern set)...

...and finally from the 2014 set, around 25 yellow and red mosaic prizms. Even if I'm not looking for them, it's hard to pass them by when there priced that low.

Even though I'm not a big fan of the retro insert craze, I was compelled to pick up this 2013-14 Fleer Retro Fleer Metal Precious Metal Gems Red numbered to /150 for a quarter.

I'm still on the fence when it comes to the various Panini Crusade sets, much like Prizm, there seem to be an awful lot of parallels to chase and I don't really know if it's worth the effort. These came from the same vendor as the above Prizm, I grabbed about 20 base cards from the 2013-14 set, which are the blue and yellow, and 5 of the red parallels which are #'d to /349.

 And also this 2014-15 Panini Excalibur Crusade Camouflage.

I have been slowly picking up parallels and inserts from both the 2014 and 2015 donruss sets. Here are a couple of the swirlorama parallels from the 2014 set.

Some Scoring Kings from the 2014 donruss set...

...and some Kings cards from the 2015 edition. I really like the canvas like texture on these cards.

This was my first time seeing cards from the 2013-14 Panini Timeless Treasures set. With base cards as thick as these are, and numbered to /299, I'm guessing the hobby boxes weren't cheap.

Another first for me was this 1997-98 Upper Deck Diamond Vision card of Jason Kidd. I must admit I'm slightly disappointed in the motion feature of this card, I thought they would bi similar to the 1997 Topps Screen Plays, but there not even close to being as fluid as those are.

Since I was done with the show relatively early, just a little after 10am (the inside of the card had to be at least 150 degrees already), I decided to eat my lunch (I always bring my own) early and stop at a thrift store before heading home. Even though this particular thrift store isn't one of my favorites, I hadn't been there for at least six months, plus it's easier to get back to the highway by heading in that direction. I didn't end up finding much (as expected), but I was able to walk away with a couple of videos that were new to me:
So far I have only watched The Deadliest Art, which was really good, it had clips from quite a few movies that I hadn't seen-a few of which I am now on the lookout for.

Thanks for taking a moment to look at my page.


  1. Replies
    1. I hate to admit it, but the shiny colors are really starting to grow on me.

  2. Another Doyle Harris sighting. Awesome find!

    1. I must admit to being slightly perplexed by your comment. Is there some sort of Doyle Harris blog thing going on that I am unaware of?

    2. Someone blogged about him a while back. This led to me tracking down a copy of one of his cards for my PC... although I have a different card (maybe a year earlier or a year later).

    3. Thank you for the explanation. Now that you have mentioned it, I do seem to recall seeing a card of Mr. Harris on someone else's blog sometime in the not too distant past.

  3. I actually like the Williams cutout. I gave a Yaz piece cut from a 69 Topps box. Great hoops action

    1. I really like it too! Since it's a cutout, it really reminds me of the Post cards. I really hope that I will be able to find a few more at some point at a reasonable price, as the one's listed on eBay seem to be a bit on the high side.