Before I get down to today's post, I just wanted to mention a couple improvements (at least I think so) that I made to the blog the last couple days.
The first is an upgrade of my "Collecting Links" section, which mainly includes my personal collection scans. I moved my existing scans to Picasa Web Albums and got everything up-to-date there, including captions and tags. That section now has the Michigan PC broken up by sport and also includes new groups, such as my baseball autographs and rookies.
I also added a new section a bit further down highlighting my completed trades with other bloggers. I've seen other writers do the same and decided it was high time I did. They go reverse-chronologically and the links take you to the posts where I discuss and scan what I received. If I left you out please let me know, but as far as I can tell, so far I've linked to every trade with a blogger that I've posted about so far. I hope this is a feature some of you enjoy, and even more so, I hope that leads some of you to work out deals with these great traders, all of whom I most definitely endorse.
Ok, card show report time:
As promised yesterday, here's my PC haul from Sunday's card show. Like I mentioned, I ended up with 16 trade bait cards and another 16 for myself (totally not on purpose) for $90. This group includes a few slightly higher-dollar cards because, obviously, they're for my collection and I wasn't going nuts throwing money at trade bait.
This doesn't happen terrible often, especially at card shows, but I managed to nab a couple Michigan baseball hits:
I'm sure you'll be surprised that this'll be the majority of my pickups yesterday. I hadn't been to this show in a while so I wasn't sure what to expect about availability and pricing (considering the Wolverines are a relatively local team there) for my guys, but I did pretty well, plus I managed not to pick up any doubles by accident.
all the cards featuring this image, but of course I didn't take parallels into account. A shinier, lower-numbered version of one I already had, but at a very nice price, and the card looks great anyway. Not a bad start out of the 4 for $10 group.
Amani Toomer from the same set.
Derrick's bio reads a lot like Braylon Edwards: Michigan WR wearing #1, 1st round pick by the Browns. He finished his career with 40 TDs, having played for four different teams, which is a decent career in my opinion.
John Navarre 2004 Sweet Spot Rookie Signatures Tier 2 auto helmet RC: As with the Marlin Jackson I picked up last week, I didn't realize these were being made back then, but I'm making up for lost time whenever I find them. I know not all of you are as happy about these, but they just make much more sense to me than this year's baseball leather slabs--this is a card-sized version of an autographed mini-helmet and I think that works well. By the way, this is Navarre #7 for me, and all of them are autographs--not bad at all.
Marcus Knight 2000 Fleer Autographics auto: The last card (alphabetically by first name) in the bunch was another first for me: a Marcus Knight autograph. Knight was a WR for our '97 championship team before a brief NFL career that saw him make his way to arena football before becoming a WR coach at Valparaiso, where he's apparently still employed. So here's another player that didn't exactly star in the NFL but is more than welcome in my collection!
So there you have it--one card show, 32 cards to show for it (stupid lack of worthwhile boxes...). Please feel free to leave comments letting me know what you think--whether you consider me part of the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked or your new sports card overlord. And as a reminder, please check out the available trade bait from yesterday--about half of it is still available.