One Dollar and Five Cents Pt. I

So, with each of the card shows i go to here in Portland, OR, I tend to notice the same dealers at each event.  They tend to have the same stuff.  There is the vintage guy, the mcfarlane figurine guy, the supplies guy and the guy selling 80’s junk wax.  There are also guys that bring loads of stuff in $1 and nickel boxes.  These guys are the ones with all the hidden gems, but require so much of your time.  Typically i quickly look through a row, maybe two of these boxes but just don’t have the time or motivation to peruse through thousands of cards i have no interest in.  This past Saturday though i made a point to stop and look.  I had a list of items i was looking for and since the show was closer to my home i could use the extra 30-45 minutes that would have been dedicated to travel and devote them to looking through a million cards.

The great thing about these boxes for me is that i see cards from the period where i didn’t collect and think, ‘when the hell did this come out?’  Plus you always manage to find a few gems in these boxes.  The guy at the Portland show that has the best boxes to pick through comes up from Salem which is about an hour away and somehow has tons of new stuff each show.  I have no idea how he gets these cards or where he puts them when he gets home, but there are at least 20 boxes that are laid out on his table.

If you have the dedication to go through them you can always find stuff you are looking for and will never walk away disappointed.

My goal with this search was to find some Redskins that are missing from my binders and anything else i thought i could use.  Here is a peek at some of the good stuff.

These two guys were well before my time, but research tells me that they were great Redskins and immortal football players that are now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Charley Taylor and Slingin Sammy Baugh (who apparently is from the same area in Texas where RG3 grew up)  Full circle.

89 PS Taylor and Baugh

Ken Houston was a dominant player in his day and played a major role in a few big games with the Dallas Cowboys back in the day.  I remember when that rivalry was an actual rivalry.  It’s hard to call it that when one team is the doormat of the division, but that is changing now with ‘ol Bobby Three Sticks.  Remember the double bar face masks and airbrushed logos on the helmets?  We’ve come a long way since 1979.
79 T Houston and Riggins Leaders

The thing that’s great about these two cards is that they are pretty similar.  These photos are from the era when it was good to be a Redskin fan and when people hated to go against them in RFK.  The Hogs, The Diesel, The Fun Bunch…and Joe Theismann with the single bar and both legs fully operational.
83T 92P Theismann and RigginsThe next couple of cards has a special place in my little black heart.  1985 was the very first year I purchased a pack of cards and they were the 1985 Topps Football cards.  The landscape cards with black borders.  Black border cards are the absolute worst possible design for 9 and 10 year old boys.  At one point I had this complete set, but for some reason decided it needed to be beaten to shit and all the corners should be rounded rather than square.  Needless to say, i’ve been recollecting them once again, but with the care of a 37 year old man with an addiction to cardboard.  I have always loved this set and it it right up there with the 1986 Topps baseball set as one of my all time favorites.  It could be due to the fact that these were the first two sets i completed and what got me in to it, or it could be that they are timeless designs…you can never go wrong with black, any architect knows that.

85 T Monk and Riggins

Don Mattingly and Whales

This is a post dedicated to one card.  A card that i have wanted since i started collecting cards and a card that has been tagged as one of the many great rookie cards, especially of the modern era.

The Don Mattingly 1984 Donruss Rookie Card.

84 D Don Mattingly

This card may already be in your collection and could have been there for awhile.  It is something that i’ve always wanted but never felt the need to pay what it was selling for and didn’t want to go through ebay to get it.  It had to be in person and in decent shape.  At Saturday’s card show, i found a guy that had a few of them on hand and was willing to give me a fantastic deal on the card.  As you can see it is in good condition, but far from perfect.  There are actually a couple of dents on the surface, but that’s quite all right with me…i’m really not that picky about these kinds of cards.

For me this represents a “white whale” that has been caught and i am happy to have this card as part of my collection.  Finally.

Heritage Box Break Update

So I finished breaking the boxes of Heritage last night while watching ESPN’s 30 for 30 on Jimmy V and the 1983 NC State team.  If you haven’t watched it yet, you really should.  I’m one of those people that can’t get in to much of what ESPN does and haven’t watched Sportscenter since Olbermann was pushed out.  I feel like their programming is only slightly above MTV these days.  The guys at Grantland and Bill Simmons have done a phenomenal job on the 30 for 30 series though and i never miss an episode, including the shorts on the Grantland site.  Opening packs of cards and watching sports on TV way past your bedtime is a little treat for me these days.  Our 6 month old boy is really moving around a lot these days and requires a ton of attention and love during the daytime hours.  I have no problem doing, but it’s nice to have a break at night.  PLUS i have an amazing wife who gives our son tons of love and unfortunately is tasked with the onerous responsibility of getting him to sleep at night.

As i mentioned in the initial review post of this years Heritage, i am a big fan of this set and love putting it together each year.  In the past couple of years, Heritage has fallen out of favor due overproduction and too many SP’s which makes getting the base cards somewhat easy but difficult to complete the whole set.  The boxes i opened were pretty nice and i noticed quite a bit of SP’s that i may post in the future, but i wanted to show off the hits that really caught my eye.  I’ve heard that Heritage was going to add more autograph hits this year and i was lucky enough to pull 4 in the boxes i had.  Not only did i get 4 cards, but i got a good haul of quality players.  Nothing jaw dropping, but nice cards no less.

And there they are…

The first one is David Freese, and he looks as if he is about to get his DMV photo taken.

12 TH David Freese Auto

Next, Mr. Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks.  When i was looking at graduate schools i was trying to decide between the University of Oregon and Arizona State.  This was around the time the D’backs won the World Series and i thought it would be great to live in a major league city, but just couldn’t deal with living in a dessert since i grew up in hot, humid San Antonio for so many years.  So i chose Oregon.  Had i chosen ASU, i would probably be a D’backs fan and be super excited about this card.  But, i am only excited.  He is one of the young up and coming stars and could be a big home run guy in the future.

12 TH Paul Goldschmidt Auto

Next was Lance Lynn.  My second Cardinal.  Honestly, i would have missed this card were it not for the hand numbered 43/64 in the top right.  The red ink auto pretty much disappears into his glove and with my color deficiencies, i can barely make out the Topps Certified Autograph Issue on the name stripe at the bottom.  This could have been done better Topps.

12 TH Lance Lynn Red Auto 43:64

The last autograph is pretty awesome.  Maury Wills.  The auto is nice and placed in a great spot on the card.  You can tell this was done by a professional, someone who has signed a million autos in his lifetime.  This autograph is actually a long time coming for me.  I believe in 1989 i went to a show in Austin, TX where he was supposed to be signing autographs for a small fee.  This was around the same time when i was doing the through the mail autos and thought it would be great to get a veteran player added to my collection…but he never showed up.  I was pretty upset, not Sheldon Cooper vs. Wil Wheaton upset, but upset no less.  I had an 8×10 and baseball all ready for him to sign.  I never found out why he didn’t show up, but attempted to mail the baseball to him a few months later and never recieved anything.  Chalked to experience up as a failure and moved on with my life.  Now we have come full circle.

12 TH Maury Wills Auto

The next few cards are the annual jersey cards from the Clubhouse Collection series.  There were significantly less cards that i pulled than in years past.  Which i am ok with as these cards seem to be uninspired and a little boring.  Here’s hoping Topps does something different with these next year and maybe does larger swatches or better photos?  I don’t know, but something different would be great.

12 TH Neftali Perez Clubhouse Collection Jersey12 TH Tommy Hanson Clubhouse Collection Jersey12 TH Trevor Cahill Clubhouse Collection Jersey

that’s all, thanks.