My trip to the card shop…

My son and I visited one of the local card shops this afternoon, and I walked away pretty happy (as did he). He picked up some singles…Ken Griffey Jr., Chone Figgins (have no idea why he picked him out), Warren Spahn, another baseball guy (can’t remember who though), and Michael Jordan (normally, I’m against basketball cards, but I make an exception for MJ). I picked up several packs, including a few from the dollar bins. Here’s what I got…

1988 Topps

I grabbed two cello packs of these bad boys, even though I already have a ton. I just couldn’t resist the shiny All-Star cards on the top (pictured above). Add to that a Bo Jackson showing through the back of one of the packs, and it was a no-brainer. $1 per pack and 42 cards in each. Even if they are all doubles (which is quite possible), I still got Eric the Red and the HOF 3B Mike Schmidt.

1989 Fleer League Leaders

This is actually a set, 44 cards, and was only a buck. Again, Eric Davis is in the set, as well as Mark Grace, Don Mattingly, Jose Canseco…lots of late 1980s/early 1990s superstars. I would have picked up two if I had seen another box of them, but this was all I saw.

2006, 2007, and 2008 Topps

The 2006 and 2007 packs were $1 each, I think they were series 2, and there wasn’t much to brag about in them. I think I did score a Mantle (I don’t care how much they’re worth, I just like pulling the Mantle cards). I also got a Mantle out of the 6 packs of 2008 I got, as well as the Joey Votto A&G card, a couple of the All-Star Rookie 50th Anniversary cards, an Ichiro base cards and the A-Rod pictured above.

I was pretty happy with my purchases today. And I almost bought…

1988 Donruss Baseball’s Best

I’ve already got this set, but I was thinking the other day about how nice these cards would look autographed. The set was only $5, which I thought was a steal, but for some reason I just couldn’t bring myself to buy it.

When I got home, I hopped on Beckett.com and looked it up (using the “My Collections” tool). The 336 cards in the set all add up to $70.90. $70.90!?!? The guy was selling it for $5…what’s wrong with him? I then headed over to eBay, and found this. Go down to the very bottom, and there’s a “Buy It Now” for $74.99…and that’s for a whole CASE of sets. Not sure how many came in a case, but I’m betting at least 12 or 15.

In any case, I will be making a purchase the next time I’m at the store, just because I really think they would look nice autographed and don’t want to break the set in case someone doesn’t return the cards.

They also have some old wax boxes cheap…1988 and 1989 Score for $5, 1988 and 1990 Donruss, and some football and basketball stuff too. I can’t wait for my tax refund to hit the bank.

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About JT

Christian. Husband. Dad. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on February 21, 2008, in baseball, baseball cards and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Eric Davis is my favorite player of all time. I always thought he should have been the first 40-40 guy!

  2. He was only 3 homers away in 1987! My friends and I used to razz on him pretty bad back then because it seemed like he was injured quite a bit, but many injuries are unavoidable. Looking back, I really appreciate him more now than I did back then.

  3. I sat in dead center field one time at a Rangers/Angels game and this drunk guy heckled the crap out of Figgins. Karma was at the game because Figgins had a big hit to put the Angels on top for good. Plus he made a great catch in the gap to end and inning.

    By the way I love those bargain bins at shops. I don’t care if the product is crap I love to crack it.

  4. I don’t think his choice had anything to do with Figgins himself. I think he just liked the way his first name was spelled. That’s a kid for you.

    But I agree, the bargain bins are great when you have the time to look through them. We were under the gun to get out of there because of a snowstorm coming in, but I plan to go back and spend a little more time there soon.

  5. Nice stuff… I can’t find any $5 boxes around here, they cheapest I’ve found is a box of ’90 Fleer Football for $8. I know a place that has three for a dollar packs though so I’m not hurting for cheap wax.

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