Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The (non-vintage) Hall of Famers

Yes, I'm finally finishing up my posting about the card show purchases that I made a couple of weeks ago. To be fair, I actually did not post every card that I bought at the card show. My overall total spend was $40, and I came home with somewhere in the range of 350 to 400 cards when all was said and done. 

I love shows like that. Cheap, good condition cards that I need.  The downside to this type of purchasing, though, is that it means that I really need to update my collection and get the "bulk" Brewers collection organized.  

I know. Who would have thought that I would say that I need more organization?

This final group of cards I bought at the show are special in many respects. They are all not vintage. Not in the least. But, they were all Hall of Famers that I found in the dime, nickel, and quarter boxes.

Let's start with the 2002 Upper Deck Piece of History of Eddie Mathews, rescued from the 7.5 cent box (the 15 for $1 group). 


The great thing about Hall of Famers getting cardboard love in present day sets is that these cards are easily obtainable for the average person and within the average collector's budget. The downside is that no one will ever again try to collect the "complete Eddie Mathews" collection. There are too many "1 of 1" cards out there -- even of Mathews -- for anyone to make that effort. 

I haven't added much lately to my Robin Yount collection in large part because most of the cards I am looking for these days either are 100% new or are oddballs. That means more buying on eBay or COMC or Just Commons, but I've been spending most of my card budgets at the shows.  But, I did pick up two of Robin's cards at this past show:




That's a 1994 Score Gold Rush parallel of Robin, a card that had eluded me to this point. That elusiveness wasn't based on any active attempts to purchase it, mind you, but rather based solely on availability.  The other card is from Score's "Hottest 100 Stars" set from 1989. I personally don't find this photo makes Robin look all that hot.

Finally, I picked up a bunch of Paul Molitor cards at the show. 














These dime boxes had some great cards to fill in some gaps. Everything from Electric Boogaloo Diamonds to 1989 Topps glossy All-Stars to 1984 Fleer to 1992 Post Cereal (in fact, I probably could have picked up an entire set of the Post Cereal for about $2 by grabbing one of each of the 30 cards).  

I think this purchase shows more that I focused a lot more on Robin Yount than on Paul Molitor in my purchasing so far this year!

As always, thanks for reading.

11 comments:

  1. You know I was thinking the other day how I should try harder at my Molitor collection, maybe even move him up to supercollection status. I was going to offer if you know of any oddballs your looking for I might have a double or two, but looking at your list you've got a great Yount collection. I have a feeling we've faced off on some auctions recently. I also have thousands of Brewers doubles laying around too if your looking to fill any team sets.

    And that Yount Gold Rush card eluded me for years as well.

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    1. CB -- thanks for the offer and the comment. I am nearly 100% certain that you could help me on Brewers team sets. I just have to figure out what it is that I need!

      As for competing on auctions, the only Yount auction in which I bid was on one of those 1989 Bowman Is Back cards and I got outsniped. So I just bought it from another seller. That said, I take peaks at your Yount collection to find things I don't have and the oddballs that escape the normal, run-of-the-mill checklists.

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    2. Oh, and let me know if you need a 1982 Milwaukee Police Set. I have an extra.

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    3. Definitely save that Police set for me. And it wasn't me who snipped that card I got my 89BIB from justcommons.com

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  2. Great finds! I love that Donruss Originals Molitor.

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    1. I think that is my favorite card of the Molitors that I've picked up. That photo has been recycled by Topps -- the 1983 AS insert in Archives last year, for example -- but I like the look of that Donruss Originals.

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  3. That'd be great to come home with that many cards for a relatively low price! I really like the Donruss Originals set- and the Molitor card is pretty sweet!

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    1. Yeah, I really love going to this show because I can go in with not very much money and come home with a true haul of cards.

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  4. I swear I need to come to Atlanta so I can go to this show with you. One of these years....

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    1. Let's meet in the middle near Kingsport,Tennessee -- it's a 5 hour drive for you and a 4.5 hour drive for me. There's a show there on December 7...oh wait...that is probably the same day as the SEC Championship....

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