Saturday, April 19, 2014

Help Me Fellow Bloggers... You're My Only Hope!

Last Saturday, I purchased a 5000ct. box of cards at the Ohlone College Flea Market for $20.  It was full of low end inserts and parallels, along with a ton of base cards.  But one product caught my attention, so I reached into my wallet and paid the man.

Later in the day, I spent that afternoon sifting through the box, enjoying my purchase, and attempting to build the 2004 UD Legends Timeless Teams set.



The previous owner must have busted a box, because he left two autographs and an expired redemption card for a Luis Tiant autograph.  But that's only the beginning.

Within the box I found 244 out of the 300 cards in the set... which leaves me with 56 cards short of the base set.


That's where you guys come in.  Is anyone else building this set?  If so, I have over 100 doubles available for trade.  Maybe we can help each other out.

Well... that's it for now.

Happy Saturday and sayonara!

Seals, Stamps, and Signatures

I've never watched a single California Golden Seals game in my life.  In fact, I know barely anything about them.  Can I name any of their coaches?  Don't be ridiculous.  Their all-time leading scorer?  No way.  What about one player... any player?  Nope.

But that doesn't mean I'm not willing to learn.  I love hockey.  And the Seals are a huge part of Bay Area sports history.  That's why I decided to start collecting their stuff about six months ago.  And thanks to the generous Mr. Hoyle my collection has recently quadrupled in size.

Check out what he sent last week...

1971/72 Topps California Golden Seals


1972/73 Topps California Golden Seals Set


193/74 Topps California Golden Seals Set


1974/75 Topps California Golden Seals Set


But that's not all.  He also sent me this pair of Oakland Athletics:

1969 MLB PhotoStamp #91 and 1974 Topps Stamps #222

Oddballs are cool.  Vintage cards are cooler.  But vintage oddballs are the coolest.

Thanks Mr. Hoyle!  I should have some Red Sox cards in the mail within the next week or so.


Extra Innings

In addition to Mr. Hoyle's package... I also received some cards from Brett over at Card Collectors World Forums.  He contacted me last month and asked if I collect autographs of former San Diego Padres.

Earlier in the week... he sent me these:


Jared Baker was drafted by the Padres in the third round of the 1992 MLB Amateur Draft, but never made it to The Big Show.



On the other hand, Scott Hairston has played eleven seasons in the MLB... four of which were with the Padres.  In fact, his best years were arguably played in San Diego.

He also sent me a handful of San Jose Sharks cards... and this dual memorabilia card:


At first I struggled to figure out how this card fits into my PC.  I'm not a fan of the Canucks or Blackhawks.  Neither are known enforcers.  But upon closer examination... I discovered that the bottom right corner was dinged.  So I'm guessing that this was intended to be my Damaged Card PC's newest addition.

Thanks Brett!

Okay... it's time to get ready for dinner.

Happy Saturday and sayonara!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Flea Market Finds #60: A Pair of Collections

This weekend I discovered that going to the flea market right after making an ATM withdrawal is not the wisest choice for someone like me.  As soon as I encountered vendors with sports memorabilia... I felt like my last name was Rockefeller and I was king of the world.  In short... I went on a shopping spree.

When:  Saturday, April 12th
Where:  Ohlone College Flea Market
What:  A Card Collection + Random Stuff
How Much?:  $40

Purchase #1:  A Sports Card Collection $20

Within five minutes of my arrival, I found a guy with a bunch of random sets.  In addition to the sets, he had two big boxes of sports cards.  One of them was an old toaster oven box with cards thrown into it.  The other was this 5000ct. box:


I sifted through the box and discovered a bunch of random baseball, basketball, football, and racing cards that included some cheap parallels and inserts.  But it was the several stacks of 2004 Upper Deck Legends Timeless Teams that I mainly wanted.  I offered the guy $20 for the box and a set of 1986 Donruss Highlights, which he accepted without hesitation.

I'll give you a little more details on this box tomorrow or Saturday.


Purchase #2:  2012 Coco Crisp Chia Pet SGA $5


I've wanted one of these for awhile now and I'm stoked to finally own it.  Unfortunately, it didn't come with the seeds... but thanks to Amazon Prime, everything I needed to start growing Coco some hair arrived by Monday afternoon.  Stay tuned.  I'm going to start a little science project and will keep all of you in the loop.


Purchase #3:  Vintage Sport Magazines $10

Sport Magazine (September 1948)

Sport Magazine (October 1952)

I really love vintage magazines... especially when they feature hall of famers on the cover.  They're not in great condition, but they're over sixty years old and were reasonably priced.


Purchase #4:  Vintage Star Wars Action Figures $5


I was collecting Star Wars figures long before I started collecting cards.  I found this bag sitting on a table when a lady pointed out that they were all original from the 70's.  She also mentioned that each figure was complete with the exception of Obi-Wan's plastic cape.  Best of all... these figures are stiff and probably were only played with a handful of times.

With these five figures, I now have almost twenty vintage figures in my collection.

That wraps up day #1 at the flea market.  I almost skipped the flea market on Sunday because I was so tired.  But I forced myself to get out of bed, get some fresh air, and of course spend more money.


When:  Sunday, April 13th
Where:  Capitol Flea Market
What:  Another Collection
How Much?:  $60

Purchase #1:  Trading Card Collection  $13 + $80 + $7 - $40



It's that time of the year when people are cleaning out their closets and dumping their junk at the flea market.  In other words... it's a collector's dream.

I purchased all of these cards from one vendor who was dumping a bunch of collectibles that included hundreds of Kenner SLU's, sports magazines, unopened wax boxes, and boxes upon boxes of cards.  Actually this is a combination of three separate purchases and a sale that helped recoup some of my cash.

It started with me buying the green box above that included over 80 autographs and memorabilia cards. As I sifted through the box, a guy kept looking over my shoulder to see what I was looking at.  Eventually he moved on and started looking at other things the vendor had for sale.  After a few minutes of negotiations... I ended up grabbing the whole box for $80.

I also picked up a box of 1993 Flair Baseball and a 1993 Topps Traded Set for $13.


And last, but not least... I emptied my wallet and gave the guy my last $7 for a huge stack of comic card holograms from the early 90's.

In all... I spent $100 at the guy's booth.

I loaded up my backpack and started walking away when the weird guy who kept asking me about the cards approached me and asked if I was interested in selling him the box.  I told him that there were a bunch of cards that I wanted to keep, but offered to sell him everything else for a fair price.

Here's what I kept:


The guy ended up giving me $40 for a bunch of autographs and memorabilia cards, including a few multi-colored patches and an autographed printing plate of some basketball player.

I spent way over my budget this weekend, so I'm in the process of recouping more of my money from the comic cards... but I'll save that for another post.

Happy Thursday and sayonara!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cream of the Crop!

On Saturday, Andrew over at Need More Cardboard showed off his 2012 Goodwin Champions card of the lovely Natalie Gulbis... which inspired me to show off my favorite female golfer:

Okay... this makes it seem like I actually follow the LPGA, which in fact I do not.  But I love to golf and I'm a huge fan of women, so it made sense for me to add this card to my collection:

2005 SP Signature #38

I purchased it from Tromp's Sports Cards the night that Creamer sunk this amazing 75ft. putt:


That's one of the sweetest putts I've ever seen... and she made it with the tournament on the line.  I'm not sure what's prettier... the putt or the person who sank the putt.

One thing is for sure... the stars were aligned that evening.  A few hours after seeing the highlights on ESPN, I noticed this card was on sale for four bucks and the rest is history.

Happy Hump Day!  And sayonara!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Jackie Robinson Day > Tax Day

2005 Upper Deck Mini Jersey Collection Replica Legends #JR

Every February, I teach a unit on the Civil Rights Movement to my eighth graders.

1956 Topps #30

And every February, I learn to appreciate everything that Jackie Robinson had to endure while breaking the color barrier in baseball.

1990's Apple Think Different Poster

And although I consider myself to be a positive role model, a hard worker, and a person who tries his best to be an "upstander"... if I were in his shoes, there's no way I could have persevered they way #42 did.

2010 Topps Chicle #235

Thank you Jackie!