Barry Larkin 1996 Score (#5)
After showing off 36 Larkins the other day I suppose just one is a drop in the bucket, but it's still significant to me, even if it's "just" a base card. This is one of three in that year's Score entry--another typically strong one from that manufacturer--along with this subset. Make it 314 of the star SS.
Vida Blue-Gene Tenace 1970 Topps RC
I was flipping through my favorite vintage dealer's discount boxes when I saw this excellent multi-star RC. Old rookies are generally my favorite type of vintage to pick up, especially the multiplayer versions, and you just can't go wrong with this pair of Oakland greats. Blue might not be a HOFer but he put up nine great seasons with the A's that included an MVP/Cy Young combo of a season in '71 and rings from 72-74. Tenace, whose #1 comp is former A's/Tiger Mickey Tettleton, was an above-average catcher for a good chunk of his 15-year career, the first eight of which he spent in Oakland. He won the same rings Blue did and was even named MVP in the '72 tilt.
Jim Northrup-Ray Oyler 1965 Topps RC
A different seller let this other vintage multiplayer RC go for cheap, and I couldn't say no to this rookie of former Tiger great Jim Northrup. Jim spent the first ten-plus years of his career with Detroit and won a ring with the '68 team. Oyler, a very light-hitting SS, was also a contributor to that team. Another great add to my rookie collection!
Curtis Granderson 2007 Topps Allen and Ginter Autographs auto
Lastly, I managed to add another autograph to my Granderson PC. I dislike about 98% of what Topps does with Allen and Ginter, but these framed autographs are still fantastic. And can you believe that I picked up this signature of the former Tigers fan favorite at a show about 20 minutes from downtown Detroit for just $4? My 85th Granderson is my 6th hit of the current Mets slugger and just my second featuring his signature.
Here's hoping I have this much luck next month! For now, look out for more COMC pickups soon.