Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Card Show Results: The Non Cheap Stuff

My apologies if this post comes across as a little dull, writing wise, after participating in Robert's 100 word challenge, doing a regular old card show recap post just seems kind of... blah! Since there are a few neat (to me) things in here, I didn't not want to do it, but it just wasn't very exciting to put together, that's all. I'm sure many of you know what I'm talking about, or at least I hope you do.

A couple of posts back I covered the dime box purchases, so as you might've been able to infer from the title, this one will feature the slightly more expensive stuff.

I had seen the Pro Debut mascot patch cards on various blogs in the past, and enjoyed them every time I saw and read about them, but it always seemed like I forgot about them almost immediately after. So up until this point I hadn't seen them person, nor had I ever looked for them online (because of that whole forgetting thing). That all changed when upon arriving to the show, I headed straight for my favorite seller, Jim, who just happened to have a small stack of 2013 patches for $1 each. It only took me a few seconds before deciding to buy all seven of them:

Pretty cool, huh? All of them are numbered to /120, save for the gold Strike, which is numbered to /50. I can guarantee that this won't be last time you see these on this blog.

I also came across another interesting Pro Debut item, this time from the 2015 edition:

I know what you're thinking, and the answer is... why yes, yes I did, I bought dirt! But not just any dirt...

... you see, this dirt that has been maintained by THE Ray Sayre! Now you understand why I had to have it, right? Right? If not, all I can say is that for me, this is just a very fun card. This one set me back $3, which was tied for the second most expensive thing I bought. I know there's some sort of joke here about the Wahoos and paydirt, but it's just not coming to me, so I will just have to move on.

I probably didn't need these 2009-10 Panini Crown Royale Living Legends relics, but for $1 each, why not? I already have a few cards from the regular non-jersey Living Legend insert set, so I was already familiar with the design, of which I have a fondness for.

Try as I might, I could not get the image on this 2010 Topps patch to show up any better, so you'll just have to believe me when I say that it is much clearer in person. The tiger in the middle is really neat, and for $1, I had to have it.

I have found my new favorite shoe related relic set, in the form of this 2001 Absolute Memorabilia Ground Hoggs set. Not that I'm big into shoe cards mind you, but before finding this card and subsequently seeing the rest of the cards in the set, I would have said my favorite shoe related release was the 1999-00 Hologrfx Shoetime set. And from what I've read, these are actually somewhat scarce, and collected by many.

Here is a side view showing the chunkiness of the shoe bit.

Look at that. They actually show you shoes from which the piece came from. That is probably the biggest reason why these are now my favorite shoe related cards. Unfortunately Lamar Smith doesn't seem to be the greatest of people, but a lot of athletes aren't, so what are you gonna do? Priced at $3, I consider this card a steal touchdown.

At a dollar, this was the first time I had spent more than ten cents on one of the Platinum Diamond parallels, but being one of the legends variations and knowing that it's priced considerably higher on various online venues, I wasn't going to be walking away from it for a buck.

Since I have decided to start pursuing both the '97 and '98 Donruss Signature Series autographs a little more actively, I couldn't pass on Magglio, or his $2 price tag. Full disclosure though, when I bought it, I was under the complete impression that he was still playing. I don't know if it's because I'm that out of touch, or if I was thinking of someone else... but apparently Mr. Ordonez retired in 2012, and is now the Mayor of the Juan Antonio Sotillo Municipality in his native Venezuela. Which if I'm not mistaken, now means this qualifies as a cross-collectible.

Normally I don't seek out printing plates, in fact I have ever only bought two, so buying three at this particular show was a bit out of character for me to say that least. But this was also the first time I had ever actually seen any at a show too, so for $3 apiece, I figured why not, even if I only knew who one of the three players were:

Grandpa Boone was the only one of these three guys that I was familiar with. It's unbeknownst to me why, but I have much interest all things related to the 1948 Cleveland Indians championship team, so I thought this was a kind of a neat thing to get. It's a heck of lot easier to see in person than it is in this picture too.

I haven't watched a current NFL game in two years now, so young Mr. Stinson is/was completely unknown to me. He won three national titles at Alabama, one as a redshirt, one as a backup, and one a starting defensive linemen. He was drafted by, and is still currently a member of the Arizona Cardinals.

Laveranues Coles was a receiver who played eleven seasons in the NFL, a large chunk of that with the Jets.

Despite the size of this show, I had virtually no luck in the vintage department. Don't get me wrong, there was plenty of it to be had, it was just one of those time where the prices didn't seem to match the conditions. And as I mentioned in the previous recap, I wasn't feeling so great, so I was in no mood to deal with anyone that didn't have their stuff priced (but did have a Beckett at the ready) or the people that had their stuff marked at full Beckett price... but would make me a good deal if I put a stack together. With that being said, I did manage to snag a much needed tall boy from the 1969-70 set:

It looks a little rough, and it is, but you couldn't get one even in this condition for the five dollars I paid on eBay. The majority of my set is in far better shape than this, so I may try to upgrade this one eventually. With the edition of this card, and the four I just got from Sportlots (next post), I'm down to 35 needed for this set.

And the back...
...there, for any checklist fancier's out there, don't say I never did anything for you:)

Thanks for taking a moment to look at my page.


  1. Great find on the checklist. I believe that's the 2nd or 3rd hardest card to find in the set...I don't remember for sure. I have a copy with better corners but checked, unfortunately. I really like the manupatches as well. I know most don't. They are just cool to me.

    1. It's good card to have even in rough and/or marked condition as it, along with most other vintage basketball cards, continues to climb in price.

  2. That Lou Gherig diamond is a real beauty! Nice grab.

  3. Nice haul. Those dollar mascot patches are magnificent.

    1. Thanks! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I will able to find more at that price in the future.

  4. I think before the printing plates you were about at the price of a blaster. That's pretty good in my book. I like the mascot patches. The first one looks like Grover at a 4th of July party. The Prince Hal and Ordonez cards are also great.