My father-in-law likes to go to garage sales, and at a recent one he “negotiated” for a free box of sports cards to be thrown in with something he wanted to buy. When my wife told me about the box, I didn’t have very high hopes…I’ve gotten garage sale boxes before, and they are full of junk wax. This one was also full of junk wax, but there were a few gems hidden inside.
Most of the box was basketball cards, but there were a few keepers even among them. Rex Chapman, B.J. Armstrong, Dee Brown, Muggsy Bogues, and Patrick Ewing were a few of the basketball cards I pulled out for myself.
There were also a few Topps Stars cards from 1998…
There was also what appeared to be a retail blaster of 2005 Topps. All the packs were opened, but there were some pretty cool cards inside…
But the best card in the box, hands-down, was a 1971 Fergie Jenkins. Not. A. Reprint.
If it weren’t for a small pinhole just below his left sleeve, this would be a very good condition 1971 card. The corners are nice, no creases, just a small pinhole.
In any case, this was a pretty good box…especially for free!
My 9-year old son has been making some “fun cards” for me, and asked me to post them on the blog. Here they are, along with some of his comments…
“My dad showed me how to change the picture and name of this type of card and that’s what I did. The Cubs have been my favorite team since I guess I started watching baseball and I just asked my dad what are some Cubs players, and I picked Alfonso Soriano. I made this in 2008.”
“I was having fun when I made this card. I believe I went overboard with the decorations and design.”
“This was my very second card I ever made for my dad. I knew he liked Ken Griffey Jr. and I believed that this would rise his spirits.”
“These are homemade Reds signs. My dad’s designs inspired this design. Pete Rose is another one of my dad’s favorites so I believed this would be a good card for him.”
“This was my first Griffey that I made and also the first card I ever made. I was just learning so it was a little bit ragged but my family liked the design so I kept it the way it was.”