Saturday, February 7, 2015

2/7/15 card show report: I'll PCing you later

As has become fairly common for me recently, I hit up the monthly card show at the Taylor Town Trade Center, about a 30 minute drive for me.  As has also become fairly common, although I spent lots of time flipping through boxes, I really didn't spend much at all--just $17.  The damage was 44 quarter cards, four that were $1, and one that was a whopping $2.  Per usual most of that was trade bait, but I do have a few things to show off over here and on TMM.

I happened to be flipping through the $2-or-6-for-$10 box of the guy from whom I'd made my large initial purchase from this set last year when I came across this Gehrig.  It's one of just three I still needed so now I'm just lacking the Ruth and Musial cards, a very exciting development for me.  I may even be able to finish the set very shortly now!  The price was fantastic, too--I was looking at upwards of 3-4 times this amount online.

The rest of today's cards all go towards some of the PCs I wrote about in my previous post on Thursday:
Kirk Gibson 1995 SP Championship Classic Performances
Huh, I wonder what game this card is commemorating?  It's fun to see the different designs that go around this iconic shot.  By the way, I'm pretty sure I have the die-cut version from way back when I was supercollecting Gibby before I even knew that was a thing.  Also, back then he didn't have nearly as many cards as he does now.

Ken Griffey Jr. 1997 Ultra Gold Medallion
Does this card scream "Junior Griffey" or what?  There's Kenny with his trademark backwards cap look grinning with his bat in his hands, and this Gold Medallion parallel of his '97 Ultra card would fit right in for his encyclopedia entry.  By the way, this set arrived the same year Griffey won his only MVP after clubbing 56 HR for the first of two consecutive years; in fact, between 1996 and 2000 he went for 249 dingers!

Tony Gwynn 1993 Leaf Heading For the Hall
Tony Gwynn 1996 Fleer Road Warriors
Tony Gwynn 1996 Pinnacle Aficionado Slick Picks
Tony Gwynn 1998 Topps Stars Bronze (#0562/9799)
Tony Gwynn 2003 Leaf Limited (#203/399)
I didn't mean to have this kind of field day with Gwynn--it just happened!  I was certainly happy with my luck, though, picking up five cards covering about a 10-year span, including the 2003 Limited card from after he retired.  Then again this reminds me of the work I have ahead of me, scanning around 160 cards from my completed sets, not to mention a ton more singles!

Cal Ripken Jr. 1996 Fleer Checklists
Cal Ripken Jr. 2000 Topps (#238C) and Topps Opening Day (#107)
Finally, here's $0.75 worth of Ripkens.  The '96 Fleer Checklist had a fun picture of the Iron Man on it, so why not?  And the Topps/Opening Day pair was a happy coincidence.  I couldn't remember exactly which version(s) of the former I have since there are five different variations honoring different moments in his career.  Since this is the one I found and it's probably my favorite, I gladly spent the quarter on it.  I hadn't realized that the same year's Opening Day set featured a similar card (with no variations), though one that highlights a slightly different moment.

And yes, putting these with the rest of Cal's cards made me realize I'll really need to break up the work of getting his stuff scanned so I don't go insane.

I was a bit disappointed that I didn't find more to bring home with me, but I still left with some cool PC stuff for me and a bit more trade bait, and now I have whatever else I would have spent leftover in my budget to use elsewhere, so that's a positive.


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    1. Totally agree, and I'm thrilled to have collected during that era. I can actually still remember getting excited about pulling inserts from boxes!