Baseball cards on vacation?

I’m a baseball card junkie, I’ll admit it. But I don’t like the shiny, nor do I go nuts over the latest certified autographs or “can’t miss” prospects. I’m all about the cheap stuff featuring players I like and guys from the Reds. If I can buy it for under a buck, I might be interested.

Last week in Myrtle Beach, I stopped at a card shop called Baseball 17. As soon as I walked in, I knew I would be spending a bit of time there. It was just like the baseball card shops I grew up with…boxes upon boxes of cheap cards, 25 cents each or five for a dollar. Other boxes boasted, “Stars 50 cents!” I immediately dove in to a box, and started pulling Reds.

I’m not talking about 2013 Topps or 2014 Heritage. I’m talking old-school…1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s. Five for a dollar! Barry Larkin, Ken Hunt, Don Blasingame, Leon Wagner. Here’s a sample of just a few of the Reds I picked out…

Hunt 1962 Topps

Hunt 1962 Post

Larkin 1992 Fleer

But I didn’t stop with Reds. I found a 1979 George Brett, a 1975 Rangers team card with Billy Martin, and this sweet 1976 3-D Super Stars Dave Parker

Parker

I also spied a 1989 Broders Rookies Ken Griffey card. I have a couple of the 1988 sets, but had never seen a 1989 series before…

Griffey

You just can’t beat that, can you?

Actually, yes you can. This card, featuring three Hall of Famers, set me back twenty cents…

Gibson Marichal Jenkins

Juan Marichal, Bob Gibson, and Fergie Jenkins…on a 1969 Topps card…for twenty cents. I always get a bit jealous of card bloggers who stumble on deals like this.

I also visited the “Stars for 50 cents!” box, and pulled a couple more Gibsons…1969 and 1975.

1969 Gibson

1975 Gibson

I remember the 1975 Gibson card from my grandmother’s house. She had a nice stack of 1975 cards, not sure who they belonged to but I was never allowed to ask if I could keep them. I recall looking at those cards, and I remember seeing the Gibson in that stack. I probably had no idea who he was at the time, but I always liked the card anyway.

The 1969 card has an amusing cartoon on the back, highlighting one of Gibby’s many extraordinary feats from the 1968 season…

Gibson 1969

I had a great time in Myrtle Beach, and Baseball 17 made it even better. I only dropped about $10 there in two visits, but it was great reliving the memories of the card shops of my youth. I can’t wait to go back next year and see what else I can find in the bargain bins.

About JT

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

Posted on April 9, 2014, in baseball, baseball cards and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Wasnt that Ken Griffey Jr card from the Broder series of cards? Pretty much bootleg cards that were printed by the thousands. Every dealer in the late 80’s and early 90’s had lots of them.

    • They were not super rare, but they were not as common as Topps. I picked up a few in 1988, but never saw any in 1989. Granted, I wasn’t old enough to drive so my shopping options were limited, but I didn’t see any Broders besides 1988 where I bought baseball cards, and that year it was primarily because of Chris Sabo.

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