I stopped at a table at this show that I usually don't visit. It's not that I don't like the vendor; really, it's usually that her table is filled with people when I have money to spend or I spend all my time elsewhere. This time, though, I stopped at the table and happened across the cheap relic box: one row of $1 relics, one row of $2 each or 3 for $5, and one row of $3 or 2 for $5. Unsurprisingly -- since I'm pretty sure there aren't many Brewers collectors around Atlanta -- I found a bunch of Brewers (and a Twin) in this box.
Let's start with my favorite Twin ever:
I feel like this is a Brewers swatch in a Twins clothing. I don't know Twins' uniforms that well, but I just don't recall the Twins having blue pinstripes while Molitor played there. In any event, this card is serial numbered 70 of 300 and was in the $3 box.
That's three Carlos Gomez relics -- two of the "Career High" relics from this year (to complete the team set and the player collection, unless you count color of swatch as a variation) and the "All-Star Stitches" relic from the 2014 Topps Updates and Highlights set. I'll probably have a bit more perspective on his leaving at the end of the season. I hope by then to be caught up with organization after a short 18 to 24 months of work at that point. I think all of these were in the $1 or $2 bin. I can't recall, to be fair, because I got a decent deal on tonight's post as a package.
Now these being in the cheap bin was a little surprising. At the top is a 2008 Upper Deck Spectrum Swatches Orange serial numbered to 75, a 2012 Panini National Treasures card serial numbered to 99, and then two 2008 Bowman Sterling relics -- one that is the base and one that is the Refractor serial numbered to 199. Again, finding these as cheaply as I did surprised me a great deal. Yes, I get that not many people like Braun, but these were great finds for me.
Now, I'm not surprised that I found Yovani Gallardo in the cheap relic stack. Both of these were definitely in the $1 pile. The Gypsy Queen is from 2012, and the Donruss Jersey Kings was from last year's Donruss release.
And finally, this Sweet Spot Sweet Swatch was actually a duplicate to one I have in my player collection. So, into the team collection it goes.
All of these relics were mine for just $15.
That's 11 relics -- including a HOF -- for $1.36 a piece. I felt like I was at a thrift shop.
Yeah, I know. Obvious.
Thanks for reading -- and check in tomorrow for vintage overload!