Ok, so more than three weeks after attending this show I'm finally getting around to showing off the goods because I wanted to get to some trade posts plus my 1000th football hit milestone on TMM. This was another trip to Taylor Town Trade Center, and I actually managed to spend a bit more than usual there--$55--because I had some nice like digging up more trade bait and PC stuff. I made two purchases of $5, but most everything was from quarter, $0.50, and $1 boxes, giving me a nice mix once again.
As usual I have some to share on TMM as well, but here's what's relevant to those of you that read this here blog:
Not a bad little group there, eh? Best of all, the set includes my favorite design element: college photos! And non-airbrushed ones at that.
Speaking of rookies, I managed to do pretty well in the quarter and $0.50 boxes, landing this pair:
Adrian Beltre 1997 Bowman RC
Ken Griffey Jr. 1989 Bowman RC
Though it's not in mint condition I happily added another copy of Griffey's oversized '89 Bowman rookie to my collection.
While I'm on the subject of Griffey (man, these segues are just writing themselves today), I found a fun cheap insert of his too:
Ken Griffey Jr. 1996 Emotion-XL D-Fense
Collectors from the 90s like me probably remember this oddly-named product and the D-Fense insert, with its framed, matted design. Not a bad add to my Griffey PC.
While I was at it I found one card each for three other baseball PCs:
Kirk Gibson 1998 Sports Illustrated World Series Fever
Fleer's SI sets included some fantastic photography and design, like this cool base card of a more obscure moment in World Series history that I scored for my Gibby collection.
Lou Whitaker 2001 Topps American Pie
Sweet Lou got into the act too with this '01 American Pie base. This was one of Topps' goofier sets that mixed baseball with pop culture way before their A&G/Gypsy Queen crapfests that are the hobby's version of Bill Simmons. I love the photo of a young Whitaker with a great career ahead of him, though.
Barry Larkin 1997 Finest Bronze Refractor
Finally, it's Refractor time! I don't remember which box I pulled this from but either way it was amazingly cheap--try finding Larkin Refractors for less than $1 on eBay or COMC. The '97 set featured one of the product's best designs and I love how much the shininess enhances it.