As for the comfortingly familiar, though, I had a blast pulling stuff for my many PCs, landing 49 cards of six players. In all I snagged 60 from his 5/$1 box and nine that were a dollar apiece, giving him $20 for the bunch. Here's what I got:
First is a trio of the Grandyman. The former namesake of this here blog stars on one of the $1 cards I picked up, a low-numbered 2008 Topps Moments and Milestones Blue parallel. I know there's multiple versions of each card so it's not as rare as it looks, but it was still fun getting a favorite player of mine on something /10. Meanwhile the $0.20 entries were a Rediscover Topps Gold buyback of his 2014 Topps base, plus a numbered offering from the short-lived original return of Stadium Club in 2008 (#318/999).
Sticking with the G-men, player #2 is Griffey on a nice pair. My second dollar card is an excellent Dufex insert from 1998 Pinnacle called Spellbound, and this is the first of Ken's seven issues which spell his last name. He's joined in that 50-card set by the likes of Ripken, Gwynn, Frank Thomas, and others, and I wouldn't mind finishing up a few of those names!
Joining that is one of his two appearances in Upper Deck's 2008 Masterpieces base set. The product is one of the many reasons I miss UD nowadays because it continues to impress me even 10 years later. I have yet to track down the SPed second Griffey card from this set, by the way.
Tony Gwynn was a winner today, just not the winner (more on that soon). Here's eight of the 10 cards I found of Mr. Padre at this show. The first five are from a 1999 Pacific Omega insert called Hit Machine 3000, a set honoring Gwynn eclipsing the magic milestone that season. There are 21 cards each numbered to 3000 so I have almost a quarter of the set! These were $1 a pop, a reasonable price in my opinion.
Rounding out the group is a trio of Upper Deck inserts. Curtain Calls was a foil-heavy chase set from 1999 Ovation and it differs greatly from the baseball texture of the base design. The next two come from 2000 Hitter's Club and are called Epic Performances (again noting Tony joining the 3000-hit mark) and Generations of Excellence (again again noting that feat, joined by Wade Boggs who did the same that year).
Gwynn's day ends with a lower-end insert from the kid-centric '98 Collector's Choice, a Mini Bobbing Heads card--and one of my favorite inserts, 2001 Fleer Platinum Classic Combinations. The latter included multiple appearances for several players, and here Gwynn is paired up naturally with "The Man", Stan Musial, on a card numbered 1501/2000. It was worth every penny of the buck I paid for it.
Gwynn's PC got a nice bump but nobody was going to touch Greg Maddux's staggering 30 new cards on the day, exactly half of what I took home! You wouldn't know it by this group, but as I keep teasing, you'll see why in a minute. The first five include '93 Triple Play's Diamond Kings-like Gallery insert, drawn as always by Dick Perez. The final dollar card today is insert #2 from 1995 Sportflix's Double Take chase set, a very cool card that pairs Mad Dog with Jimmy Key, a guy who wasn't in Maddux's class overall but who was quite good, good enough to be the runner-up for the AL Cy Young in '94.
The other three are from the subsequent decade, starting with Upper Deck's 2000 Pros and Prospects Best in the Bigs. "Pinpoint control" is a good way to describe the mound artist. Similarly, Fleer considered the pitcher the Cream of the Crop in this 2003 Hot Prospects insert. Lastly, one of two non-standard size Maddux cards you'll see today is a fold-out Ticket Studs card from Fleer's 2003 Authentix. This ticket-like card noted Maddux would open the season against Montreal in 2003 and that it was likely he'd throw a "pitching masterpiece". Oddly enough he gave up five runs (four earned) in a 10-2 loss, though he'd eventually recover to have another great season.
The biggest reason Maddux was the biggest winner today is a huge pile of 2008 Topps Moments and Milestone cards. They may not be as rare as their numbering makes them look, but for $0.20 apiece I happily added 24 of them to his collection. This scan includes cards highlighting his 20 wins and 199 strikeouts during his first of four straight Cy Young-winning seasons.
Next, this one moves on to the '93 award he won in his first year in Atlanta. I found one card from the 20 commemorating his 20 wins plus 14 from the bunch made for each of his 197 strikeouts.
These last six are from that same group and include the one with the lowest serial number, 002.
That wasn't quite all, though, as I also found this 1998 Sports Illustrated Then and Now Great Shots mini poster, the other odd sized card of the HOFer (and one of three such posters I found that day). It represents card #601 in his collection meaning I'm celebrating another PC guy hitting the 600-card mark!
Among the many, many Rediscover Topps buybacks I flipped through, mainly from 1988 and '89 (what a surprise) was one other PC guy to join Granderson: former Michigan pitcher Steve Ontiveros on his '88 Topps base. I was glad to be able to add something new like this to one of my few PCs for which I've completed the regular checklist. As with Granderson's card it appears to be the Gold version, but it's much easier to tell in-hand rather than through a scan.
The last player in today's post is the fourth member of my non-Tigers PC quartet, Cal Ripken Jr. Only one of the three items I found of him in the $0.20 box was a regular sized card, a Class 2 version of his 2001 Topps Gold Label base. If you're a fan of this design like I am make sure you check out Chris' group break over at Nachos Grande!
You'll remember I mentioned in Maddux's section that I found two other 1998 Sports Illustrated mini posters and these are them. The second is from the same Great Shots insert set as his while the first is from the original Sports Illustrated product's Opening Day Mini Posters. That one has Cal representing his Orioles on a fun collectible that doubled as a team schedule for the season.
Getting all of this and a few other things for a measly $20 meant yet another successful show for me as we head towards the end of the year. Barring anything unforeseen I should be making it back to this show in December and padding my other purchases with big orders from Sportlots and COMC. Thanks to Black Friday I should be doing a bunch of spending on the latter leading to another round of Christmas cards just in time for the holiday season!