As I mentioned on Sunday, I went to my local card show this weekend. Indeed, I found a bunch of cards, as always, that I needed for my various collections.
It seems, though, that I find a ton more vintage than I ever find of more recent cards that I need. I guess that's because vintage cards sell to a wider audience than, say, a random Pacific set from 1997. Of course, I need both, so I don't mind all the vintage. But, I'd love to get those 1990s cards too.
Guess I'll have to go to a National Convention for that. Maybe next year. Or the year after.
One of my normal vendors whose table I stop at -- a guy who was at Vandy at the same time as me -- always has quarter boxes of more recent cards. I picked out a few Gary Carter cards I still needed from the early 1990s/late 1980s.
While I was digging out a few other cards to go with this (that, unfortunately, I had already), another guy walked up and started talking. Talk turned to the Topps Desert Storm set from 1991. The dealer has a fair number of cards from that set, so he brought out his box and the other guy started looking through them. He happened across a card that both of them knew I would snap up:
Teddy Higuera Desert Storm was hardly a card that I thought I would come home from that show with, but there it is. I have my doubts that I'll ever put together a complete team set -- whether having just one card from my player collections or two -- but that brings my total number of Desert Storm cards to 2, as Teddy joined Robin Yount, an eBay purchase. And Teddy was much cheaper -- $2 for it seemed like a pretty good deal to me.
I'm going to come back to this vendor later this week, because I bought a ton of vintage from him.
Right next to this table was the "15 for $1" box table. It also had a 50 cents apiece/5 for $2 box, a 25 cents apiece/6 for $1 box, and a 15 cents each box. That allowed me to fill in a few random holes in my collection:
So, I think that's my 2015 Topps Base set complete. And that Braun from 2011 finishes off the Topps base set from that year too, so it was worth the quarter I paid for it.
These four were in the 50 cent box. It didn't bother me to pay that for these four cards, either. I have to admit, though, that I never noticed how poorly painted Carlos Gomez's uniform is on this photo. I guess I should be happy that it's not the same photo as all the 2015 cards have had!
More 25 cent fun. Surprisingly, I needed this Select league leaders card (and still can use another one of them for my team set).
Finally, how about a Gary Carter "Scott Cunningham" card or a B.J. Surhoff Broder Rookies with the Cartoon back card from 1987? Again, if you'd told me that I would be coming home from this show with these cards -- priced 15 for $1 -- I'd have thought I'd had the best show ever.
To be fair, perhaps it was. But, I'll try not to drag it out too long.