Mall 205 Card Show

It’s been a while since I’ve been to a card show and since my last post, so I will tackle both in one post this evening!

Each month, we have a show at Mall 205 here in the Portland area.  Not sure why they do these things in a strip mall, but that’s how they do it up here I guess.  Maybe they pick up residual traffic from mall shoppers?  I don’t know.  It provides a great opportunity for me to get new deodorant at Target, some new kicks at the Famous Footwear (remember that name…) and chase it all down with a slice of pizza from the place no longer called pizza schmizza although it still looks like a pizza schmizza.

As of late, I’ve been on a purging phase and have managed to get rid of a bunch of CD’s at the local Everyday Music and have some cash for the card shows.  So, I had a slightly bigger budget than normal for this trip…the excitement builds.  In general, I don’t go to these shows with goals or objectives because I tend to look for the same stuff and hit up the same tables.  This time though I really wanted to pick up some new Robinson Cano and Rickey Henderson cards along with any shiny new Redskins cards I didn’t already have.  I was only successful with the latter goal.

Having gone to these shows for the past couple of years now, I’ve developed a rapport with a few of the guys and gravitate to their tables first.  My first stop is always Tom.  Somehow he manages to have some new Redskin stuff for me each time at fantastic prices.  He’s always personable and friendly as well as having a tremendous amount of great cards.  In my visit with him, he pulls out this triple auto card with RGIII on it that I can only manage to drool over.  No idea how much it was and really didn’t want to know…it was too much for me, but a beautiful card no less.  I walked away with a new orange Kerrigan card and a serial numbered Fred Davis along with a couple other items.

11 TC Ryan Kerrigan Orange Refractor08 DT Fred Davis 33:50

After Tom’s table, I typically just move down the line knowing the other tables I want to visit will have some good stuff for me.  I worked down the line and ran into a new guy, Greg who had some nice stuff to offer.  He dropped a Kirk Cousins auto Prizm and Alfred Morris in front of me…$10…why, yes, thank you.

12 PP Kirk Cousins Auto 204:49912 PP Alfred Morris

The next couple of items I picked up came from a couple of different tables at good prices…can’t go wrong with any RGIII in my mind.

12 Robert Griffin III Game Time Giveaway12 PP Robert Griffin III Rookie Impact

One table I visited was very interesting.  The guy was selling DVD’s, comics and had a box of cards with a really nice and shiny Derek Jeter on top…so I stopped to take a peek.  His sign said ‘this box $1 each’, but he tells me that if I buy 5 cards or more, I can have them for 50cents each…hmmm.  If I buy 4 cards, that will be $4 but if I buy 5…it will set me back $2.50.  I used to be really good at math and from what I can recall it was in my best interest to max out my purchase at this guys table.  Unfortunately, I only managed to pick up 5 items.  4 Jeters and my only Rickey Henderson of the show.

09 T Rickey Henderson SP08 UG Derek Jeter07 TH Derek Jeter Chrome01 BC Derek Jeter

As I worked my way to one of my new favorite table, for some reason I have never asked for the guys name…but I always spend a good amount of money on his stuff.  He always has great stuff and gives you a nice deal…plus he’s really cool.  I was sifting through his 50% off box when I heard some loud cursing.  I turned to see some kid darting out of the aforementioned Famous Footwear with some new Nike kicks in his hand.  The kid was fast, but I can see that corporate check on those sneaks a mile away.

THE KID WAS HELLA FAST!

He was being chased out of the mall by Paul Blart’s slimmer brother, well, slightly slimmer and Segway-less.  This mall cop had no chance, but it was a valiant effort.  I should have offered him a slice of my Hawaiian pizza, they were on sale that day…daily special.

Anyways, back to marked down cardboard.  Homeboy hooked me up with some RGIII goodies along with an Aldrick Robinson auto and a Ryan Torain auto that I’ve passed up many times.  At least I can cross it off my imaginary list.

12 PP Aldrick Robinson Auto11 BS Ryan Torain Auto12 PS Robert Griffin III Die Cut12 TC Robert Griffin III Chrome Mini

Last stop before my wife kills me for being late.  New table, friendly guy and great cards that were marked down to 80% off.  80% off!  Why in the hell would I pay retail when I can get great cards for 80% off!  The guy had a few boxes of nice serial numbered cards with Clinton Portis and Santana Moss cards that I could use for my PC.  Unfortunately most of the cards were in their previous teams kits, but still guys I loved to watch.

01 UD Santana Moss Game Gear Jersey510:100004 DE Clinton Portis Throwback Threads 18:150

02 TP Clinton Portis Jersey

04 PP Clinton Portis Jersey 39:100

04 DE Clinton Portis Jersey 36:25002 UD Clinton Portis XL Rookies01 QL Santana Moss02 TD Santana Moss 139:199

All in all, a great show that included great deals, food and a petty crime.  Can’t beat that at all.  I ended up staying under my budget and walked out a happy guy…plus it was sunny and warm on a March day in Portland, Oregon.  Life is good

One last thing, I couldn’t help but notice this sign and think of The Chronicles of Fuji.

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Hogs out!

Free Cards!

Hey kids, i just scored some free cards! Ain’t life GRAND!

One of the great things about Dave and Adam’s card world is the free stuff they send when you order from them, love it.

With my jumbo ’13 Topps box and presell Heritage stuff, i got four blaster boxes of 2011 Rookies and Stars. I bought a few of these cards last year and wasn’t too impressed with them, but hey, free is free. I was hoping to pull some Redskin inserts i don’t have yet…didn’t really happen, but managed to get a couple cards i didn’t have for my team sets. Also pulled a couple jersey rookie cards and some weird ass burnt orange or red or whatever color it is, I had no idea these were a thing.. Can’t be too rare as i got 4 of them in the 4 boxes. All in all, not a bad group of cards. Most of them will end up getting sorted and put away in boxes, never to be seen again until i can trade them or find some time to post them on the ebay.

Here is the notable haul for your viewing pleasure.

The Redskin collective. Funny thing about these cards is that they all came in the same box along with the Hankerson (below). Can you feel the heartache in the face of Aldrick Robinson and his photoshopped jersey, the kid looks befuddled! I needed this card, so i feel good about it, just not comfortable with his look on this one. The other card i didn’t have was the McNabb card. The reason i didn’t have it was because i refused to purchase it on a few occasions. I liked McNabb as an Eagles QB, played well but never great. So when he was traded to the Redskins a couple years ago, i about shit a brick…sideways. This old crapper is coming to play for my team? Seriously? Luckily he played poorly from the get go, so there were no long term plans to keep him around…AND it opened the phenomenal RGVIII phase, that’s Rex Grossman, number 8. That’s a whole ‘nother other post.

Redskins cards

Here is the Hankerson card.  I wish this guy would get rid of the alligator arms, could be a great receiver for years to come for the Redskins.

Leonard Hankerson Rookie Revolution

So, i was speaking to my wife and apparently these cards look gold to her. Burnt orange, Red, gold…don’t really care. They are just odd to me, especially the way Best and Breaston are slowly bursting out of the faded edges. Nothing much else to say. I may do more research to get an idea of print run on these or who they were meant for (target, wal mart…) or not. They are what they are.

Burnt Orange background

The next group is the shiny and somewhat glossy Longevity cards. I think these are a much better parallel than the gold aura gems from above. Panini managed to do some killer super font type branding on these guys, but I think it works nicely here. They are numbered to 249, so that’s good. The two QB’s are marginal at best, so I don’t expect these guys to skyrocket in price. If there’s a Texans fan out there, I got a card for you!

Longevity of 249

Last up are the jersey cards. I have somewhat of an affinity for really thick cards. Their nice and hearty plus they always have a different sound to them. Almost a little hollow sounding…or tinny? Not sure. Both guys are WR’s and were rookies as the name of the set would suggest.  I know Greg Little has shown some flashes of brilliance, but it’s been tempered by McCoy and Weeden’s ability to get him the ball.  The back of the card mentions his fanatical attraction to Anquan Boldin and Andre Johnson, which is great because they are both fantastic WR’s…not sure if Little can get to their level, but he’s still young.  He is also wearing double zero, which is not good for binary coding…gotta think he could have picked some number, any number and would have been ok, right?

Greg Little Studio Rookies 291:299

The other guy is just that…the other guy.  I think i heard of him on last season’s hard knocks, but don’t really remember.  His cut jersey is a little nicer and he appears to have numerous tattoos.  When are they going to come out with tattoo cards?  They could call be rip cards called tear for tats or something more witty than that.

Clyde Gates Rookie Revolution Jersey 187:299

that’s all i have for now.  I have a couple more box reviews i want to do and should get another few posts in soon, hope you are reading whomever you are.

enjoy. -HTTR!