Saturday, November 17, 2012

Jaybarker's Draft

I recently received my loot from the recent Jaybarker's Junk draft.  These drafts are always good cheap fun...for the cost of a bowman chrome rack pack, I scored the following eclectic mix of cardboard goodness:

A 1959 Robin Roberts and an 1969 Billy Williams.

A 1969 Ruben Amaro and the ERA leaders (featuring Tiant) which is in really nice shape.

Reuss and Messersmith with teams I don't associate them with.  

Some well loved 78's of two great pitchers (love the stache that Eck is sporting - not to mention his cool Cleveland windbreaker under the jersey).

And finally two future hall of famers.

I love these drafts because of the eclectic mix - things you probably would not seek out, but your glad you found once you see them...

Thanks Jayabarker's Junk for a great draft.   

Sunday, November 4, 2012

One Man's Trash...Is Another Man's Treasure

I recently attended a card show in Chantilly, Virginia (just outside of DC).  Collector's Showcase of America hosts a pretty big show every 4 months or so, and there are usually some pretty big name autograph guests and a pretty large number of dealers. 

October's show was disappointing from a collector traffic standpoint (there was nobody there) but for a browser and a bargain box digger, it was just fine. 

I spent a good amount of time digging through one dealer's box of jersey cards - marked $3/card.  As I was merrily flipping through the boxes the dealer was showing off some of his higher-end modern jersey/auto cards to another dealer and negotiating over prices.  Most of the prices they were discussing were in the hundreds of dollars (which, quite frankly, I just don't understand when it comes to a modern card with a sticker autograph).

In any event, when I finished digging and presented my haul to the dealer, he asked to see the cards so he could see "what was moving out the junk box".  I responded with the title to this post "one man's trash is another man's treasure..." which caused him to stammer and apologize...but I assured him I was only joking.

Anyway, these were the $3 "treasures" I scored....

First - two phan phavorite Phillies (I don't see a lot of Lefty relics and for $3 I thought this was pretty cool)

And a couple of Rollins (I really like the way the Gypsy Queen relics look - particularly the framed minis)

An some Iggles.... (great action shot of Jackson, and the multi material Kolb looks pretty cool).

More iggles....I like the jumbo swatches.

...and more Iggles (the cards with football pieces are an interested change to the typical memorabilia card)

While I was digging, I couldn't resist picking up a few NFL stars that either are (or once were) on my fantasy football team - the Harrison did not scan well (it is foil board and numbered out of 99).

I had Curtis on my team back when he was with the Pats....

....and Jamaal the year he broke out....

Hope you enjoy the "garbage".