Thursday, May 5, 2022

Cheap and fun

 I picked up around 225 cards at the card show last week.  The vast majority were dimes, but there were a few .25, .50 and even one $3 card in there!

Here are about 30 of the 225 cards I picked up.

1. Todd Van Poppel - TVP was a big, big name in the hobby for about 4 months in the early 90s.  Wasting a dime on this one for nostalgia was worth it.
2. Jose Canseco - total proof that Canseco's muscles were all natural!
3. Albert Pujols - My 1st Dodger's card of Pujols!!  Numbered too, soo cool for a dime.  I also grabbed several other Dodgers Pujols cards at this show.
4. Ichiro/Pete Rose - Strange design for a card, but Rose and Ichiro were both monster players.  I like it.
5. Harmon Killebrew - #d /99, seemed like it was misplaced in a dime box.  
6. Clayton Kershaw - Topps Tek are weird to me, but an insert of a beast like Kershaw wasn't making it past me.
7. Miguel Cabrera - OK, this one was 50 cents I believe, but a nice, thick, strange die cut like this is right up my alley!
8. Adrian Beltre - another weird, thick die cut.
9. Joe DiMaggio - another 50 center, this die cut is as awesome as the others.  I wish they had used a different color in the background, but oh well.

All kinds of oddballs!  All dimes, as you might expect, but well worth it to me.  About half of these are numbered on the back to some number, usually 5000-10000 or so.

I had never seen the sets that the Glavine, Ryan and both Pucketts are from before.  And the others are pretty cool too.

10 cards in a bag for a dime.  Sweet!  As you can see, the set is still sealed in the bag.  I'm considering setting them free.  It's not like this set is going to be worth big bucks any time soon, and I think I would rather just enjoy the cards.  Back in the mid 80s, Clemens was my brother's favorite player, while Gooden was probably mine.  Good nostalgia set!

I've seen this card around, but never had a copy.  Just too cute to pass up.

I probably grabbed about 50 'young guys' cards for cheap just to have them someday when these guys have grown up.  A few highlights:
I know Kyle Tucker has been around for a while, but I threw him in this batch of young guys.  I thought the sepia RC and the relic card of his were steals at a dime!  I believe the Glasnow is #d /99.

And the only card I spent more than 50 cents on...

A Dr. J RC!!  Well, not really his RC, but from his rookie year.  This set me back $3.  Fun card!


  1. Looks like a good batch of cards. I really like the die cuts, super cool.

  2. You got a Kyle Tucker parallel rookie for 10 cents? And a relic for 10 cents? That's amazing.

  3. I don't think I've ever seen a relic (other than a manu-relic, and then rarely) in a dime box. I did once buy an AUTO from a dime box, but it was one of those old "Royal Rookies" cards of minor leaguers numbers to something crazy, in this case 6,995. But, hey, it was JJ Putz, so still a thrill to pick up a certified auto of a minor leaguer who would go on to be a Mets closer for 10 cents! But not a relic.

    The Killebrew is pretty awesome too.

  4. Love that Glavine! Topps Magazine had some really cool cards back in the day. I just pulled out my extra issues to see how close I am to completing the card set. As soon as I'm done, I'll show them all off in a post.

  5. Impressive pickups. Ya done good!

  6. Those are some good pickups!

  7. Solid pickups! That Cabrera die cut is awesome!

  8. Great cards at fantastic prices! I love looking through dime and quarter boxes, especially when they are just all random cards from a variety of years.

  9. Great finds at the card show! It is always interesting to see what cards others put in low end boxes. I am looking forward to early June. I am going to a flea market, a card shop and a card show all within 24 hours. By the way, my favorite from your pull is the Pujols gold border.

  10. I've seen autographs in dime boxes, but I don't think I've come across a jersey card for a dime before. Definitely some steals here - that Killebrew is cool!