Anyway, my efforts once again paid off handsomely as I headed home with 175 total cards for $47. 170 of those were $0.25 per and the other five were a buck apiece. Not much of a discount this time, but it all evens out.
I'd say the personal keepers vs. trade bait percentage was around 40%/60%, but regardless I ended up with a ton of new stuff to enjoy. That includes a pair over on TMM this evening, plus this bevy of stars:
Junior Griffey. This first bunch includes his '94 Finest base, a quartet of '97 inserts, and a shiny offering from 2000 UD. I still remember pulling some of those Pitcher Perfect cards from packs of '97 Score!
Gwynns has me pretty close to a total of 600, which (spoiler) I'll be achieving soon thanks to Sportlots cards. You'll also see a few more starring Gwynn in a later scan in this post.
A Diamond King and Sportflix insert from '95 have me pining for the good old days of the 90s, while there's plenty more cool chase cards like 2000 Fleer Gamers' Change the Game and '99 Pacific's Team Checklists. Pacific sure knew how to make checklists anything but boring.
By the way, that '96 Circa Access insert was new to me, and I had fun scanning all facets of the booklet-like card:
Larkins I pulled out of these boxes so a certain Jeff will be getting the dupe of the group in a future trade package. As for me, I scored a pretty interesting mix, including a 1994 Score Dream Team Sample (samples are fun!), a Century Stars insert from 2004 Throwback Threads (#d /1500...for a quarter!), and an example of one of my favorite chase cards, Select's 1996 Team Nucleus. These acetate cards look badass and the trios are pretty interesting. Here the '95 NL MVP is matched up with Reggie Sanders and Bret Boone. The former would play eight seasons in Cincy, putting up an All-Star '95 in which he recorded a career-high bWAR of 6.6, while the latter spent most of his solid career with the Reds and Mariners.
It was another good day for my Maddux collection thanks to this lucky seven (plus one!). Most of what you see here is from my favorite cardboard era--the mid-90s through the mid-aughts. Respect was a cool insert from '96 Ultra, and next to that is a successfully exchanged UD Predictor from '95 (again, guessing on the years when scanning). Those are followed up by a '99 Skybox Molten Metal "Don't Call Me Leaf Preferred Steel" Xplosion card and a much more recent Topps Gallery Insert from 2017.
The horizontals feature my second copy (one that hasn't been peeled) of Donruss's '95 Dominators insert, another from Leaf All-Star Game MVP Contenders Gold, a 2000 Pacific team insert, and one of a couple Donruss Estrellas Spanish cards you'll see today.Ripken's group ended up being a pretty interesting one as it paired him up with a couple other PC guys. The solo offerings include a Score Dugout parallel and Ultra Checklist from the mid-90s, another Ultra insert, a second Estrellas card from the early 2000s, and the "Auxiliary" (read: non-CD) version of a 1999 PowerDeck insert. He then gets matched up with a couple other good shortstops on a '94 Triple Play Medalists insert, one being Tony Fernandez and the other, Hall of Famer Alan Trammell. The final three cards are from a Ripken/Gwynn insert from 2007 Upper Deck that celebrates both entering the Hall that year (I attended that induction ceremony!). There's apparently 50 of these and I may eventually try to chase them down.
Verlanders? I didn't mind paying a quarter apiece for 18 new cards of his from 2007 Topps Moments and Milestones, which also let me earn a few points but uploading their scans to TCDB.
Elliott Maddox ('74 and '79) and a badly miscut Lary Sorensen ('79) are 2015 Topps Originals Buybacks. Sabo's is the Gold version of his 2017 Bowman Buyback of his '90 Bowman base. Finally, I found a pair featuring Geoff Zahn from Topps' 2014 75th Anniversary Buybacks: his '75 Topps RC(!) and his base from the following year's set. Not bad!
To those I can add retired 2B Chris Getz's Yellow parallel from his final flagship appearance, 2014 Topps. That leaves me needing six more versions from the flagship/Mini rainbow.
It was indeed another great show for me, and I may just be looking to replicate that success in the western part of my state as weather (and getting my ass up in time) permitting I might be meeting up with John for a show in his neck of the woods, the Kalamazoo area. Here's to another blogger meet-up!