Adventures in Card Show Shopping

My son and I took a little trip north after church today for a card show at a Holiday Inn. It was free to get in, and by the time we got there several of the dealers had already packed up and left. It is NFL Sunday after all. But there were still a few around, and we got some pretty good stuff (in my opinion).

First, a few cards to knock off my set want lists…

And quite a few Cincinnati Reds cards for 5-10 cents (only a handful pictured)…

A cool little set featuring “The Big Red Machine” players…

A Kurt Stillwell card I had never seen before…

An Eric Davis “Collectible Plaque” (display easel included)…

(Trying to decide whether I should free this thing from the beat up packaging or not.)

And a box of 1990 Pro Set Series I…

The box is already busted. Took us less than 10 minutes to rip open all the packs. I’ll be honest, I was looking for the Jeff George draft pick card. I never got it as a kid, and it would have be sweet to pull it out of this box (even though it’s worthless). Alas, it was not to be found. Not in the box, anyway. I found it on eBay and overpaid for it, along with the Jeff George Falcons, Jeff George Patriots, and Keith McCants Falcons cards. We did get the whole Super Bowl subset out of the packs, but we’re missing a few of the base cards. I’ll be posting a wantlist as soon as I have them sorted for the Pro Set cards we’re missing from both Series I and II (I already had some of those in the closet).

After doing some Googling, I was surprised to see how many variations are in the set. There are probably even more than are listed there (for instance, there are two versions of Super Bowl card #22, one with a 1988 date and the other with a 1989 date…and we pulled both from this box).

Maybe this is why Pro Set disappeared after only a few years. I loved the cards, but there were so many errors and variations…it can be very disheartening for someone who wants to complete a master set. I haven’t decided yet whether we’re going to try to get all the errors and corrections or just one for each card number. What would you do?

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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 October 25, 2009, in baseball, baseball cards, football, football cards and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. The fun part of collecting ProSet was chasing the variations. You’ve got to go for it. 🙂

  2. We’ll see what the list looks like when I get them organized. Can’t wait to get my Jeff George draft cards. I can’t believe I just said that. LOL

  3. The Redskins scored so many times in the 2nd quarter of that game that the Broncos probably felt like the game lasted 2 years.

  4. Never thought of it that way…you might have a point!

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