Sunday, June 21, 2009

Flea Market Finds

As some of you know, I just got my driver's license this past Wednesday. To celebrate, I went on a road trip to visit my cousins in Caldwell, Ohio. On the way home Saturday, I decided to stop at the Rink's flea market in nearby Marietta. There were a couple booths/stalls/whatchamacallits that sold baseball cards, and this is what I bought.

A quartet of 1977 Topps I found in the 50 cent box in one guy's booth. All of these fit the groups of players I like to collect.

A 1966 Topps Felipe Alou in the 50 cent box. It looks like someone got hungry and nibbled on the corner.

A 1974 Topps Cito Gaston from his stint with the immortal Washington National League team. This was in the same guy's dollar box.

A 1961 Post Billy Martin. I got this for tree fiddy at another guy's booth. Nice, huh?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Pack Rip: 2009 Topps Series 2 Rack Pack

I was gonna do a video of this pack rip, but I had problems the last time I tried uploading a video to Youtube. If I can figure out what happened soon, I'll video the next pack break I do. On to the cards:

Top half:

386 Jonathan Papelbon
340 Joe Mauer
354 Mike Aviles All Star Rookie (with the white box around the trophy)
472 Bill Hall
518 Chris Perez
569 Ted Lilly (Any relation to Eli?)
628 Diamondbacks Classic Combos (Upton/Young)
351 Chris Snyder
417 Jason Marquis (He's playing for the Rockies now? Who knew?)
TR56 Carlos Zambrano Turkey Red
589 Ricky Romero Rookie Card
379 Mark Hendrickson
475 Chipper Jones
494 Gary Matthews Jr.
462 James Loney (I almost typed Lonely there. :-P )
391 Dan Haren
399 Wandy Rodriguez
376 Rajai Davis (Last I remember, he was on the Pirates.)

Bottom half:

562 Cecil Cooper
578 Adam Kennedy (Another guy who I didn't realize had switched teams.)
618 Brandon Backe
410 Lou Piniella (Sweet!)
517 Kevin Frandsen
464 Bobby Crosby
426 Pablo Sandoval
619 Chris Carter (No, not this one.)
504 Felix Pie (Mmm... pie...)
441 Andrew Bailey Rookie Card
471 Kerry Wood
TT50 Chase Utley Toppstown Blue
493 Ramiro Pena Rookie Card
528 Nick Swisher
646 Chris Iannetta
590 Johnny Damon
502 Yovani Gallardo
421 B.J. Ryan
335 Chris Young, outfielder
624 Ben Francisco

It's not a flea market repack, and none of these cards had fungus on them, but at least I didn't get doubles upon doubles like I did before I quit buying Series 1.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

The One That Got Away

My early years of baseball card collecting were punctuated by many stupid decisions, but none as regretted as the decision I made to trade this card away sometime in the mid 1990s. It was the oldest card in my collection (at least, until I got my 1970 Topps Joe Morgan). I traded this card to one of my friends for a pretty big stack of cards. I thought I got a good deal, but as the years went on, I realized how dumb of a decision I had made.

I was talking to another of my friends online a few days ago about this blog, and specifically how I couldn't think of anything to write about. She suggested that I write about the one card I've always been looking for. I don't have any cards that would fit that description, but thinking about it made me remember this card and how it got away from me. While we were talking, I looked on eBay to see if I could find a copy of it, and I actually found one for $3 (including shipping). Of course, I had to buy it.

I guess all I have to say is thanks Floor, and welcome home Brooks.