Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Some random cards to go along with some random thoughts (blog-bat-around?)

I have had a couple of different blog related things on my mind lately, and I've got some random cards that were pulled from the 25-cent boxes at last month's card show, hmmm... what to do? I know, let's combine the two and make a super long post that most people will probably won't end up reading all the way through. Sounds like a plan!

2003 Bowman Heritage Black Facsimile Signature #142
Some of you might not be aware of this, but there's been a blog-bat-around making the rounds. Having not participated in one before, I kind of wanted to give this one a go, but probably won't, if only because... I'm slightly confused by the question, or at least I became so, after I started reading the posts of others.

So far I've seen three different interpretations of this topic -- there's been the "What I'm currently working on (card wise)", "What I collect (card wise)", and "What I collect (cards and non-card stuff) -- so, which is it? If it's one of the first two, then I don't really understand it's purpose, and by that I mean, if somebody wanted to know what I collected and/or what I'm currently working on (card wise), they could just scroll up to my want lists and see what's what, which would then make a blog post on the subject sort of unnecessary, right?

Now if it's supposed to be about what I collect in the broader sense...

2018 Topps 1983 Topps Design #83-89
... then that's a little different, and normally I'd be all about doing such a post, but right now is probably the worst possible time for me try that kind of post, at least with pictures and all (without pictures it would really be boring). You see, the bulk of my stuff is still in boxes (toys, statues, coins, stamps, etc.).

I've mentioned it before, but when I moved to Tennessee a couple of years ago, I had to leave my super awesome ginormous display case behind, as it would've never survived a cross-country journey. I have only just recently acquired two display cases (the two combined still aren't as big as my old one), both need some repairs, which I've waiting until the weather warmed up to do, which it has, but I just haven't started working on them yet. So for the moment, everything gets to stay in boxes.

I'm also not sure that Night Owl had that kind of post in mind, and judging by the lack of views on my non-card posts as of late...

2007 SP Legendary Cuts Legendary Americana #LA-64
... I'm not sure that's what kind of post that reader's had in mind either. And besides, I don't think that I could even fit everything that I collect into one post. Not to mention, what about all the stuff I have that other people might consider a collection, but I don't? I mean I probably have close to a thousand (maybe more) movies on multiple formats, does that count as a collection? Some people would say yes just because of amount that I have, I on the other hand, don't consider them as a collection, I would just say that I might be a bit of a film fanatic that's all (and normally all those are out on shelves, but I had to take everything down and move it to other rooms for the upcoming painting of the living room... see bad timing all around)

I have quite a few records (vinyl) as well, so is that a collection? Again, I don't consider it to be, I just like music, so I have a lot of it. And what about all the stuff that I've bought over years that I only did so...

2017 Topps Archives 1959 Bazooka #59B-14
... because I thought that if I didn't, it would end up getting broken or thrown away. Case in point, I have a handful (maybe more) of different 100+ year old demitasse saucers that have been bought over the years. Is that a collection? I don't think it is, in my mind I was merely trying to save them from a world that no longer cares about such things. And that's just one example, I have quite few things that fall into that category. So you see, even if want to, how am I suppose to participate in this kind of blog-bat-around? Especially when I don't even know what the parameters are.

1994-95 NBA Hoops Big Numbers - Rainbow #BN11
I realize too that this blog-bat-around might also be kind of a "getting to know you better" sort of thing, but I feel like I already know what everyone collects (card wise), so it doesn't really do much for me. If we're all trying to get to know each other better, I'd much rather see people make lists of their all-time favorite movies, songs, television shows, etc. And not like the "this songs reminds of this card" type of thing, just straight up lists. I probably don't have enough pull to influence others to follow suit, but I will most likely do a number of just such lists at some point in the next couple of months, and not because I think anyone will care to read them, no, it'll be just because it sounds like it would be fun thing to do.

1997 Score The Franchise #3
I mentioned the lack of interest/views on my non-card posts, but that's only half the story, as interest/views seem to be down in general as of late. I don't know if it's a cyclical thing, or if it's because of all the non-card posts, or if folks have just gotten tired of my schtick. Some bloggers might try and fix such a problem by finding out what the readers like, and then doing more of it... at this point though , I can definitely say that I am not one of those bloggers.

In fact, since my readership seems to be dropping off, I'm probably going to start doubling down on the non-card posts, as they tend to be the only posts that I actually enjoy putting together. And it's not because I'm losing any interest in cards, on the contrary, I've had more fun with cards in the last couple of months than I have in the last few years. It's just that every card post I try to add words to lately just feels like a grind, actually it feels like something more than a grind, but I just can't think of another more suitable analogy at the moment. So I guess I could say, that if you want to know more about what I collect, stick around, as I've only begun to scratch the surface.

And I still enjoy reading other people's card posts, in fact, blog posts and comic books, are for time being, pretty much the extent of my reading material.

2015 Topps Allen & Ginter's Buyback Framed Mini's 10th Anniversary Issue
After hitting the publish button on the last post, I noticed that it was #299, meaning of course, that this one is #300. That may not seem like a big deal to the folks that crank out a post every single day, but I don't, so it is... especially if you consider that during my bout with depression last summer, I was for all intensive purposes, done with the blog. But the depression went away, and I came back.

Speaking of depression, I have felt it trying to get another foothold for the last couple of months, I've been able to keep it at bay thus far, but it's only a matter of time before I can no longer do so. People that have experience with depression probably know what I'm taking about. I don't think it will cause me to stop posting this time, but if my posts become more negative in tone, at least you'll know why. Drugs don't work for me, so really I just have to wait, and let it run it's course, but it will... it always does.

Back to 300th post, I should probably be holding a contest of some sort, but only being aware of this impending (now) mini milestone since two days ago, I didn't have much time to plan anything, much less acquire something interesting to give away. Besides, after the disaster that was my last contest, I'm a little down on holding contests right now. I never mentioned it, but neither winner claimed their prizes from my COMC Black Friday contest, well actually the first place winner did try to claim $15 credit to use during the Black Friday sale, the only problem was... that they waited until February to do so, yep... February. So in the end, all I did was waste a bunch of people's time entering a contest that would end up having no winners. Needless to say, I probably won't be trying that kind of contest again.

[Spoiler alert: I will most likely still do a contest in September when the blogs third anniversary comes around]

1995-96 SP NBA All-Stars Die-Cut #AS27
About a month ago now, I started dipping my toe into the YouTube waters. I've made a couple of videos so far, really terrible videos, so bad in fact, that I won't be directing anyone to my channel on there until I get a little bit better and/or more comfortable making them. I bring this up because sometime in the next few months, I might start doing more card related videos that would be sort of like companion pieces to what I'm doing here on the blog.

Also, if I do get more comfortable talking (literally) to a larger audience, I'm probably going to start doing the card show recaps in video form, as they seem to be taking longer and longer for me to do, I mean I'm still doing this post with cards from last months show in it. The year end COMC stockpile would likely end up being shown in a couple of videos as well, at least then I'd actually get around to showing it all, instead of just the small percentage of it that I usually do.

1994 Score Select Salute #SS2
I guess I really should try to talk about at least a few of these cards: The Clara Barton Legendary Americana was a fun find, but I don't think Nick has to worry about me duplicating his feat anytime soon though. It's hard to believe that after twenty+ years, I'm still trying to find all the rainbow combinations of the Hoops Big Numbers parallel. The A&G framed mini buyback is the first one of those that I've seen in person, I can see why some people would have hated them, but I think their kind of neat. The SP die-cut all-stars are one of my favorite 90's basketball insert sets, with the addition of Rasheed, I think I now have around 2/3 of the set.

How about that Select Salute Dave Winfield? I had never seen one before, apparently it was just a two-card insert set to honor some recent achievements from Dave and Cal Ripken Jr. According to BaseballCardPedia, the odds of pulling that card were 1:360! And you can't really tell from the picture, but it's got that cool creeping shine effect when the card is moved back in forth.

1998 SPx Finite Radiance #253 (error)
And finally we've got a card that Billy might find interesting, an error! As far as errors go, I normally only chase blank backs, but that doesn't mean that I won't pass up any other non blank back errors that I come across. I noticed that something was amiss with this Eric Davis right away, but it took me a second to figure out exactly what it was.

As you can see, there is a cardboard bit (which I've never seen by the way) still covering the medallion in the middle, obviously this card escaped the machine that was supposed to pop it out. For anyone who might not be familiar with the SPx Finite set, here's a side by side to show you what's what:

Pretty cool, huh? It just seems so strange to be able to see the impression of the medallion on the back, but not be able to see it on the front. I wonder how many people would just go ahead and pull the tab off the front? I certainly won't, but I bet that some people would.

My apologies for yet another long and rambling post, it may not seem like it, but I'm really trying not to make these a habit.

Thanks for taking a moment (or two) to look at my page.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

You can buy a lot of mini's for $30 A Week

I sent Robert, of $30 A Week Habit fame, a PWE with a couple of cards in it a few weeks back, which he said he was surprised by, so what does Robert do? He goes ahead surprises me with an almost immediate bubble mailer in return, a bubble mailer that contained more than a couple of mini's:

I have been scanning a lot more of the cards for my posts as of late, which some might say is a good thing, gives the blog a more professional look and all, but as you'll soon see, this is one of those times that I really should have went my normal cell phone camera route. Apparently my scanner doesn't like vintage cards, glossy cards, and now... Topps A&G!

Bad scans aside, this was a nice little selection of 2011's (all the other A&G in the package was from 2012). I don't know why, but mini inserts just do something for me, I especially like the mini Antonio Meucci

This group features a couple of interesting cards: King Felix, a Josh Willingham that somehow escaped the clutches of Wes, and a Yoenis Cespedes rookie. Also, is Cespedes is still a big deal? It seems like he was during his first couple of years, but now it feels like I haven't heard anything about him in during over past couple of seasons.

Hey, it's Bryant's older brother! By the by, did you know that in less than two months time, Greg will be turning 72? That seems kind of crazy, but he still looks amazingly good for being 71.

It's kind of tough to see through the terrible scan, but the Cabrera and Jimenez are gold bordered, which as I have just learned, were a parallel only available through retail packs. I had a couple of those already, but didn't know what the deal with them was. I suppose I'll have to create a separate list for those... thanks Topps!

Robert must've taken the time to scroll down my list some, as he included a couple of black borders for my, just in it's infant stages, A&G Black Borders frankenset, which by the way, is an idea that I freely admit to ripping off from Matt. I had few from various years, so I figured why not do something with them... I do wish that Topps would've stuck with the solid black borders though.

The 2011 Topps Kimball Champions set is one that I didn't know about until I found a Juan Marichal at a card show last year, after which I decided that I'd kind of like to work on the set, but had yet to acquire any more since that first Juan (get it?). Thanks to Robert though, I now have four more, which leaves me with only... 145 to go.

Thank you again for all the great mini's, Robert. You really didn't need to send anything in return, but I'm awfully glad you did anyway!

Thanks for taking a moment to look at my page.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Bookstore Bonanza #3

It's hard to believe that it's been three months since I last did one of these. It's also hard to believe that it's been three months since I last hit the Book Cellar, but according to the date of my last post in this series, that's how long it's been... time flies etc. etc.

As usual, this will be an all VHS post, especially since that's my primary reason for going to this particular bookstore. Although I did actually find a couple books of interest during this most recent trip, but with so many in my "to read" pile (more like shelves) already, I decided to pass on them as I have no idea when or if I will ever get around to reading them, and unread books do tend to take up a lot of shelf space that could easily be used for something else.

This is one of those "flew under my radar" kind of movies. I suspect that I'm not going to like it, but I certainly don't mind taking a chance for fifty cents.

Hadn't seen this in quite a while, definitely not one for the kiddies... although I don't know what Charles Bronson movie would be :)

Somebody wasn't kind!

I have only seen this picture once, and I didn't particularly care for it. Now granted that was right after it came out on video all the way back in 1995 (god, has it really been that long?), and I watched it over at a friend's house with his family -- and his dad, who was a really great guy mind you, but he had the terribly annoying habit of talking through entire movies -- so my one viewing of Johnny Mnemonic may have come under less than ideal conditions. I also didn't remember the tape being orange in color, which even after 23 years (23 years!), is still really freaking cool.

Haven't seen it, but it looks really good. No matter how hard I try, I'm never going to be able to catch up on everything that came out before I was born.

This is the pilot movie for the short lived television series. Life lesson #839: You can never go wrong with Carl Weathers!

Here we have one those "how come I didn't already own this" kind of films. I have like half a gillion (yes, gillion) movies across multiple formats, but somehow I didn't own Bullitt... that's just embarrassing!

Of all the tapes that I got the other day, this was the one that I was the most excited to find. I have been wanting to see this movie for quite a while now. I can remember reading about this film in a book (just don't ask me which book), and being most intrigued by the plot (it's not your average psychic tracks a killer picture, there's a twist!), but I just hadn't ever come across it anywhere... until now. I have wanted to see it for so long that I'm almost afraid to watch it, which I realize might sound a little silly to some, but I just really don't want to be disappointed by it after all this time.

No synopsis on this one, as everybody should already be very familiar with it. I have multiple copies of The Great Pumpkin, but I didn't have one in an orange clamshell, so... now I do!

All in all, this turned out to be another really solid outing, if I don't say so myself. Found a couple of neat things, including something that has been long sought after, added some new blood to my ever dwindling "to watch" shelves, for me it just doesn't get too much better than that.

Thanks for taking a moment to look at my page.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Old cards from an old card show

It's only taken me three and a half weeks to get to it, but here it is, the vintage portion of my purchases from the almost a month ago card show.

Before diving in, consider yourself warned, it's really long, a bit on the rambly side, and probably full of typos (way too long to proof read), so with that in mind... bon appΓ©tit:

The first table I hit, was literally the first table you saw when you entered in to the smaller of the two gyms that made up the card show. The only other time that I had seen this dealer, was at the last big show that I attended way back in September. If you click on that link, this was the guy who had the 3/$1 vintage boxes, which I had did pretty well at, so of course I was psyched to see what he had brought this time.

I looked at the sign, saw 3/$1, so I went to work on a two row shoe box, pulling out cards left and right. When I was done with the box, I proceeded to start removing cards from a binder of '61-67 Topps that he had apparently added to the mix just for this show. About halfway through the binder, another patron showed up and started to talk with the seller, asking him what kind of stuff had he brought for sell. The dealer mentioned this and that, and then said "oh yeah, and all these over here (pointing n my direction) are 3/$2", 3/$2? I looked back at the sign, and I'll be darned if it didn't say $1 each or 3/$2.

Clearly this was a case of me seeing what I wanted to see, because I could of swore it said 3/$1. Talk about a record scratch moment!  At this point, I had already made a stack of 30-40 cards, but at 3/$2, those cards became a lot less appealing, not to mention now quite a few of them would be considered overpriced. Now that I knew they were more expensive, I had to go through and figure out which ones were still worth getting. I ended up keeping seven, including the three 61's above, I decided to stop working on the set last year, but I'd still like to complete the manager's subset.

Here we've got a sunset card and an almost sunset card. The '63 Pumpsie is technically not a sunset card, but it is the last card of him to be issued while still on an active roster. He's got a card in the '64 set, but he spent the entire season (as well as the next) in AAA.

The '64 is truly the last card for Bobby Shantz, he went 1-3 for the Cardinals before being traded to the Cubs, before finishing up the season with the Phillies.

The '66 set fell by the wayside last year as well, but I still had to have this Astro Aces card. And Max Alvis is a high number (#520), so that was a pretty nice find for my set.

Even though I ended up getting far less from this seller than I had initially thought, I'm still pleased with the seven cards that I did walk away with, but man oh man, if they had truly had been 3/$1...

This next dealer was one whom I hadn't ever seen at one of the shows before. His tables were packed with people, and his prices seemed to be all over the place. With everyone seeming to be jostling for position at their respective boxes, I could tell that I wasn't going to be spending very much time here, and I was right, five minutes and three cards later... and I was done.

I've mentioned before that I'm under no illusions in regards to thinking that I will ever be able to complete the 1953 Topps set, but I still enjoy picking up cheap decently conditioned singles when I can, Ken Heintzelman was the only one found that fit those requirements (he was $2). I hadn't been familiar Ken in the least, if anyone's interested, I found this nice write-up on the Baseball in Wartime site.

I didn't see too many 67's during my brief stay at these tables, but I did find this awesome Tribe Thumpers for fifty cents.

Even though it's not on my want list, and I rarely mention it, but I am collecting the '72 Topps set, albeit very slowly. If I were to have sat down before the show and made a list of my top five most wanted cards from the set, this Cubs Team card would have been on that list. It's not a high number, and it's not really worth (monetarily speaking) anything, and I'm not a Cubs fan (not a hater either), but I've just always liked it from the moment I first saw it. And now after forking over two quarters, I can cross this one off that non-existent most wanted 72's list.

There were probably more deals to be had from this dealer's offerings, but like I said, too many people and not enough personal space! Maybe some other time.

The next couple of 1971-72 Topps came from the same guy that I got my Dr. J rookie from a couple of years ago. His usual spread is made up of 20-25 monster boxes, full of nothing but vintage from the three major U.S. sports, and everything is a $1 each. He's got some higher priced stuff as well, but those monster boxes are what he is known for.

This show was different though as all of his $1 boxes were now $5 boxes, which was kind of disappointing. I suspect that he might have bought another large vintage collection (he does that fairly regularly), that was probably nicer than his normal offerings, so why not try and get a little bit more for them. I sort of half heartedly looked through a box or two, saw a couple of interesting things, but not interesting enough to pay $5 apiece for.

All was not lost though, as he had a small display set up at one end of his tables, this display had a bunch of cubby holes in it, each of which contained an 800 ct box of cards from various sets... and all those cards were one dollar each.

I went through a number of the boxes, but the only one that I ended up getting anything from was the 1971-72 Topps basketball box.

This Bob Lanier rookie, condition wise, is a little rougher than the majority of the cards that I have for the set, but the price was certainly right, and I just really want this set to be done... maybe I'll try to get an upgrade at some point, and maybe I won't, I'll figure that out at some later date.

Bob Lanier is one of those player's you really never hear about anymore, which is kind of amazing seeing as how he's a hall of famer who just happened to averaged a double-double (20.1 ppg, and 10.1 rpg) during his 14-year career.

After getting this quintet, plus one other from COMC last week, I am now a mere 13 cards away from completing the set!

These two came from Jim's (favorite seller) 25 cent boxes, which is where pretty much everything else that I have already shown came from. He doesn't usually have a lot of vintage, so these were a nice surprise. I already had the '75-76 Elston, but I thought it might be in better shape than the one I already had -- it wasn't -- so sometime in the near future, it will be sent out with a TTM request.

Normally I like my '77-78 Topps to be in a little bit better shape than the Grevey above, but it's a gray back, so I was willing to make an exception.

After finishing up with the quarter boxes, I moved over to Jim's boxes of "hits". It was while I was going through those boxes that I started noticing the wares of the seller who was setup just to the right of Jim. It was the stuff in the glass case that initially caught my attention, as I was seeing vintage cards of star players for, get this, reasonable prices!

Anybody who's ever been to a card show knows that when you see vintage cards of star players in a glass case, 9.9 time out of 10, those cards are going to be overpriced, and by show's end, will remain unpurchased.

I continued to go through Jim's boxes, but I found myself leaning to my right in order see more of what was in that case, all the while becoming increasingly more nervous that someone was going to swoop in and clean out that case before I had a chance to really see what was all in there. With that in mind, I asked Jim to hold on to my cards and that I would be back to look through the rest of his boxes, which he didn't have a problem with (he's cool like that).

Now to that case... or so I thought!

As I was sliding over a couple of paces to my right, I happened to notice a small box that was sitting on top of, and towards the back of the case that I was so desperately trying to see more of. This box looked like it was holding maybe 25-30 cards in top loaders with a "$1 each" written on it... which I almost couldn't comprehend the meaning of, and not because it was a dollar box, no, I was having trouble because there was a 1952 Bowman Casey Stengel staring at me from the front of that box!

It was probably only a few seconds, but it felt like minutes as I picked up the card and turned it over, then looked back at the "$1 each" in black sharpie, back to the card, back to the sign, rinse and repeat. I just couldn't process it, and to one in particular I said aloud "I can't believe that no one has bought this for a dollar! I was then brought back to earth by the seller's curt reply "well, it could be yours for just one dollar". Great I thought, "another crotchety old guy, cause there just ain't enough of those wandering around". If I hadn't wanted the card so much, I would've walked away right then and there, because I just don't have the patience to deal with rude people anymore.

Even as I type this post out three weeks after the fact, I still can't believe that I got this card for a buck, I mean sure it's got a little a paper loss on the front, but who cares... it's still an amazing card!

After finding this card, I had visions of more spectacular finds being had from this box, such was not the case, as I did pick up a few more things of interest, but nothing that was on par with Casey.

This '59 Duke has certainly seen better days, but for $1, he'll make a nice placeholder until I'm able to find a better copy.

There were about seven or eight really nice looking 72's grouped together, if they were low numbered commons, a dollar a piece wouldn't be a very good price, but I thought I might have stumbled upon a couple of high numbers, so I of course had to turn them over to check. No high numbers, but a couple of the backs were lighter in color than the others, and you know what that means right?

OPC! I'm not actively collecting the '72 OPC set, but this is the first time that I've ever come across any vintage (In my mind, that's '73 or older) OPC, so I couldn't not buy them.

I've gone back in forth wondering whether or not that $1 box had already been hit or not, as I didn't even get to it until like four hours into the show. On one hand there wasn't very much there look through, but on the other hand, I can't imagine that somebody would have left a '52 Bowman Casey Stengel behind. Either way, I'm happy to have gotten what I did from it, although in retrospect, I realized that I didn't turn over any of the 65's and 66's that were in there... and now I can't help but wonder if they might have been of the OPC variety too.

After going through the box, it was time to finally see what was to be had from that case. One thing that struck right away, was that it didn't look like anything had been bought from the case yet, which as I would learn just a couple of minutes later... was an astute observation on my part. It was also, as I would learn, the reason for the seller's initial coldness. He was just a little annoyed that all these well priced things weren't moving, and he really seemed to warm up to me once I mentioned, while checking to see if I already had one of his, that I was working on the 1960 Fleer set. From that point on, the ice was officially broken.

It's a Stengel hot post! This "59 set me back $2.

Ooh a Larry Doby sunset card for $2, yes please! Larry only played in 18 games for Detroit in 1959, before being traded to the White Sox, so his final card could've just as easily been with Chicago.

Another hall of famer for $2.

This '62 Yogi was the card that originally called to me from the case as I was looking through Jim's cards. Normally, even in this condition, I wouldn't expect to this card at a show for anything less than $10... this had a $3 sticker on it.

Not only is this my first vintage Yogi, but it was also a very nice addition to my glacially slow '62 set build.

Even though I'm still a long ways away from completing the '69 Topps set, I have been very fortunate in the last couple of years to have found quite a few of the high numbers for some very reasonable prices -- in fact, heading into this show, I was down to needing just eight -- two of those eight being Fergie Jenkins, and Bobby Bonds' rookie, which just happen to be two of the pricier cards from the sixth series.

As you can see, Fergie is no longer a need. This fairly nice example was had for $5, which is around $5-$10 cheaper than it would normally go for.

That marks the end of my case purchases. I probably could have gotten a few more things, especially for some other folks, but some other people were finally starting to take notice of this dealer's wares, and it was getting late. Both of which were signs that it was time for me to move on.

After leaving this guy's table, I could tell that I was just about "showed" out, even on a good day, 3-4 hours is really all I can handle, and at this point I was over the three-hour mark. Before I left though, I knew that there was one more dealer that I had see, since his tables always seem to be the most crowded, I had intentionally waited until I was ready to leave before making my over to them.

If you clicked on that "September" link near the top of the post, than you'll have read about the husband/wife duo who's tables I hit last. For those not interested in reading a really long old post, the short of it is, they only sell vintage... lots and lots of vintage! They only set up at the big shows, and they have the largest spread, usually along one of the back walls, that way they have more room for the plastic shelving units that are chock full of vintage sets in binders. And I don't know how many glass cases they have on their many tables, but even those are nearly bursting with stacks of cards from basically any vintage set that you can think of.

I find their whole set-up to be quite overwhelming, between the sheer amount of cards, and all the people frantically searching for that "one" missing card (at least that's how it always seems to me), it's just too much for my anxiety to handle.

In that link to my older post, I talked about their discount box, which was all I really wanted to look through, especially since it seems to be the only thing that all the other people aren't looking through. Once I was able to find a spot to squeeze in, I was pleased to see that the small box of discounted stuff, had been replaced with a small tote (which was bigger than the box) of discounted stuff (I should of taken a picture). I should also probably mention that the prices of the cards in the tote, even though heavily discounted, still range in price anywhere from $2-$50, so there really is something in there for every budget.

I found the above 1957 Topps Hank Aaron almost immediately, set it aside, and continued looking. I did find a few more things of interest, but at that point I was nearing the end of the cash that I had brought with me, so I had to make a decision, either a couple of cheaper cards or... a '57 Hank Aaron, which by the way, I had no doubts as to it's authenticity, which is important, what with the large amount of fakes floating around and all. As you can tell by the picture up above, it ended up being not much of a decision.

The price on the sticker said $33, I offered $25, the guy countered with $30, and after thinking about it for half a second or so, I accepted. I had sold a thing on the eBay a few weeks before, and since said thing went for more than I thought it would, I had a little bit more paper folding money to splurge with. I'm sort of half-heartedly collecting the '57 set, so this was a really nice addition to that. And even if I don't end up sticking with the set build, this card was still a really nice addition to my collection.

I still have two more show posts to do, but now that it's been so long, I don't really know if their worth doing or not. On top of that, I've been on an all-card kick as of late, and am feeling the need to switch it up and do a few non-card posts, so...

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