Anyway, Paul made sure it was worth the trip for me in a few ways, starting with that trade. Plus, as I also mentioned in that last post, we got to meet up with Chuck (C2Cigars) from TCDB, which was really cool.
He brought a nice little stack of TCDB customs I'd seen around the site, and I happily took an autographed version of the one you see above. It's a nice reminder of getting to meet one of the nicer guys on the site, and I hope some of you on TCDB trade with him eventually. He was nice enough to bring me something straight off my wantlist: a 1957 Topps RC of former UM football player Lou Baldacci. A terrific addition to my vintage and RC collections, it's my first of the FB/QB/HB/PK, which isn't surprising since he has all of three cards to his name--this one and a couple reprint versions Topps did in 1994. It gives me a completed run on my Michigan Football RC project checklist from 1955-'94, a string of 78 players. Thanks, Chuck!
After the meetup I hit up one of Paul's favorite sellers, a guy who's usually at Taylor, though I tend to spend my money there on my favorite dude's tables. I believe I ended up with $10 worth of quarter cards, including a nice bunch of $0.25 hockey autos that might make for good trade bait.
Then we headed over to the table of a guy I hadn't met before. Paul was nice enough to alert us to his crazy deals, and after talking to him he sounded like a guy having fun and just wanting to sell stuff at ridiculously low prices to people who'd appreciate it. He didn't seem to be aware of the value of current stars and was checking a Beckett or some other price guide, generally in favor of the buyer.
I dropped $38 at his table on a few things for my self and some pretty nice trade bait, some of which will go out eventually, plus a few cards for Paul as well--call it a finder's fee! Here's the stuff I took home with me:
The "90s inserts rule" tag portion of the post covers these two fun inserts from that era. Mr. Padre's is a '96 Denny's Holograms Grand Slam Artist's Proof, which was fun since I didn't realize Pinnacle inserted those into the packs found at the restaurant known for its food being garbage. It's Gwynn on a hologram insert made in the 90s so it's 100% gold to me.
Joining him is Ripken on a shiny (not that you can tell from the scan) chase card from '97 Circa called Icons. In fact, it's funny looking at the image in this post and then down at the actual card with its reflective rainbow foil front. Cal was indeed an icon of his era and the back of this surprisingly thin card lauds him for his professionalism during "the most celebrated baseball feat in recent history. That's great, but I was already sold on 90s insert+Cal+shiny!
Next up we have a couple graded rookie year cards of Michigan QB Brian Griese. Besides the fact that my opinion of grading couldn't get much lower, I just felt like it would be more fun to crack these and see them up-close, so that's exactly what I did, and grouped them with my other football pickup from the guy:
Fellow QB Todd Collins looks awesome on his own rookie year insert, an acetate die-cut 1995 Playoff Contenders chase card called Rookie Kickoff. Reread that sentence and then try coming up with a scenario where that doesn't come home with me! And now we get a better look at the Griese cards from '98. Up top is a Finest Refractor from that year, and despite the lack of film it hasn't been peeled--it's the rarer No-Protectors version! Fortunately I didn't have to take the grading company's word for it as these are easy to identify with one trait: the No-Protectors have the same Refractory look on the back. Please allow me to demonstrate with something that took enough effort that I'd better get a comment from Gavin:
Shiiiiiiny! That pairs nicely with Griese's '98 SPx Finite RC (#1535/1998), which was a bit too reflectively to scan nicely. With that one out of the way I'm short just six of his 39 first-years I'm chasing. Plus I got to celebrate yet another milestone in 2019 by landing my 200th card of the '97 National Champ. Woohoo!
This guy also had a binder full of completed and near done baseball and football insert and relic sets. This Amani Toomer autograph is just my second signature of the former Giants WR, and it hails from 2000 Playoff Prestige's Team Checklists set. It looks like the last 30 of them were signed, and that includes fellow Wolverines Elvis Grbac and Tyrone Wheatley, the latter of which I also own. One of the reasons I spent a lot of time digging through this seller's cards is that I first asked him for a price on this one and he wanted $2. Sir, you have my interest!
Last up from this seller was a very appropriate color for a parallel of a former Wolverine star. Here's a beautiful Blue version of Marty Turco's 2003-04 O-Pee-Chee base, numbered up front 432/500. As usual I'll happily laud Topps when they deserve it, and I'd argue that they knocked this one out of the park (though I'm not surprised since they were still putting effort into their releases back then).
On the way out I made sure to stop by the tables of a guy who always has a huge variety of BCW supplies and some miscellaneous other stuff, because he was asking $3 for opened factory sets of 1990 Topps. That worked for me since the set definitely doesn't warrant paying shipping, which costs more than the worth of the set.
I had most of my PC guys' cards from this one (though not all, which I'll get to in a second!), but scoring the complete set filled a nice gap in my collection: I now own complete Topps flagship sets from 1984-2010, a run I'm fairly proud of. Plus I had plenty of fun getting this set all sorted and in order (they didn't ship that way, I believe) as that gave me a chance to take a closer look at all of the cards.
And, as I alluded to a minute ago, I did end up with a few new additions: two of Tony Gwynn's issues--All-Star and regular--and one of Ripken, also the All-Star subset.
I'd call landing this much stuff at a show that hasn't had much for me in the past an unqualified success and definitely a great way to end 2019. Many thanks to Chuck and Paul for a fun meetup!
As far as shows go I did get to Taylor this month but haven't decided what order I'm going to cover my in-hand stuff, so we'll see when I get to that. In the meantime, here's to another great year of shows and trading!