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!
I always hated University of Kentucky basketball. Perhaps it was just an act of rebellion, of non-conformity, because everyone I knew adored the Wildcats. When you live in Kentucky, you are expected to bleed blue. But I could not stand them. I latched onto Bobby Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers, and I would always root for IU when they played UK.
However, there was one UK player that I looked up to: Rex Chapman.
Recently I uncovered a stash of cards featuring King Rex tucked away in a box in my closet. No, they won’t pay for my kids’ college tuitions, but they brought back some fun memories of the 1988 first round pick for the Charlotte Hornets.
The rookie card:
The second-year, not-quite-as-cool-as-the-rookie-card, card:
The cooler-than-any-other-Rex-card-in-my-collection card (because I love art cards!):
Skybox was probably the coolest set in the world back in the day:
Check out the high-school-senior-pose and the sweater on the back:
Chapman’s most valuable base card in 1991 Fleer, even more than his rookie. You can buy it pretty cheap on eBay…only $20 with FREE shipping!
This was a cool little subset:
And the only non-Hornets card I own of King Rex:
There are only a handful of basketball players that I followed back in the day, and Rex Chapman is among them. Top five favorite? Absolutely. Probably top three even. If I had the cash, I would probably pick up a few more Rex Chapman cards from COMC.