On Sunday, I managed to drag myself out of bed and hit a card show for the first time this year. It was run by the incomparable Dr. Wax, and I had a lot of fun there. This was a first show at East Dover, and while the foot traffic wasn't what some of the dealers were hoping for, it wasn't bad, either. Plus, there were giveaway raffles for not only the attendees, but also separate ones for the dealers every 15 minutes, and (my biggest regret of the show is not getting in on this) Johnny G's had meatball subs and sausage and pepper sandwiches available! I'll definitely be at the next show, which is on May 8th (weird day, as, if Beckett's correct, there are 3 card shows in Toms River on the same day; great opportunity to get some deals, Jersey folks!), as I had a good time, and the dealers at this one were pretty cool.
Oh, you actually want to know what I got? OK, fine. As with the rest of y'all, I went into the show with a vague game plan, and didn't violate it too much.
1. Try to pick off something from my top wants.
2. Chip away at some sets, particularly 71-73.
3. See if I can find a Brooklyn Dodger or two.
4. Ditto Seattle Pilots.
5. Find some really cool and/or really weird stuff in the dime-to-quarter boxes.
Amazingly, I was able to nail down all but one of these goals. Not a lot of Brooklyn cards at the show, and what was there was a little out of my price range (I had a REALLY limited budget this time out; I spent $14 total including the $1 admission fee, and that was $4 more than I was going to limit myself to). No worries, as I've gotten plenty of Bums lately, and there'll be other shows!
Without any further ado, let's go point-by-point through the goals:
"1. Try to pick off something from my top wants."
Success! This '93 Bowman Mariano Rivera (his first non-weirdo-minor league card in a Yankee uniform, if I'm not mistaken) was $1. I'm glad I got this one out of the way, because it's a lot tougher to get than you'd think, and with Mo looking all Miami Vice on his rookie card, I think this card's going to go up a lot in the coming years. The scanner cut off a little of the bottom border, if you're wondering. It's actually pretty nicely centered, all in all.
"2. Chip away at some sets, particularly 71-73."
1971? Success! This Don Gullett rookie was a buck, and (pay no mind to the cranky scan) is in pretty nice shape. It was also on my higher priority want list, not quite in the top 20, but definitely a card I wanted. This guy was a badass before injuries got 'em.
1972? Success! Believe it or not, this wonderful '72 George Foster was free! Change was tough to come by when I first got there, and I had a $20 bill and 2 singles on me at the table I got the Gullett and a couple of other $1 cards at. The dealer was like "give me the 2 singles, and catch me next time", which was cool of him, but I made change a little while after that and brought him a single, at which point, after almost refusing the single, he told me to grab another card from the box. I'd been eyeballing George before I hesitated just a bit because the corners were a little worn, but when I went back to the box, I was like "Are you mad, man?" and I grabbed the card.
1973? Success! This Bert Blyleven was from the same dealer as the Foster and the Gullett, and it's in gorgeous shape. I ended up with a few Blylevens on the day inadvertently, because I ran into some in the cheapie bins, too (see below).
I also got my '91 Score Dream Team ever-so-close to being complete, with Frank Viola here...
...and Randy Myers showing off his clean, close shave. All I need now is Robbie Alomar, and I've got one of the weirdest subsets ever completed!
While I was at it, I got the entire '90 Dream Team set for a buck! I'll most likely do a separate spotlight post on this set, as it's as classy as the '91 set was weird.
There were some more additions to some of the sets I'm building, but I'll save those for the section on the cheapie boxes.
"3. See if I can find a Brooklyn Dodger or two."
We already know that I whiffed on goal #3, so let's move on...
" 4. Ditto Seattle Pilots."
Seattle Pilot cards (well, card, anyway)? Success! This was another $1 special from the Gullett/Foster/Blyleven table. Dealer there had a ton of reasonably priced pre-'80 cards. With this, I've got all the low-number '70 Pilots done, and I'm within 6 cards of having every base Topps Seattle Pilots card. Plus, it fit within my "one Seattle Pilot card per month" budget that I mentioned here!
"5. Find some really cool and/or really weird stuff in the dime-to-quarter boxes."
How's this? I'd say it's a success at $.20. It's got big creases at the bottom left and top right corners, but it's centered well, bright, the corners are sharp and it's a friggin' second year Mike Schmidt card for less than a quarter! Funny thing is, I missed it on the first pass I did through the box it was in! I don't think it was a mistake, and the dealer in question counted through the stack of cards I pulled, so, booyah!
From cool to weird, here's Motorboat (or, on this card, Motor-Boat) Jones! Ol' Motorboat never made it to the bigs, but he did make it onto this gem of a card, which was a dime.
I got this Mariano Rivera and about 9 others from the same dime box. Pretty happy about boosting that collection.
In the same set of boxes, I put about 8 more dents in my Cramer Baseball Legends collection, including Walter Johnson here!
Back at the 20 cent box, I got a couple of '78 O-Pee-Chees, including ol' Captain America of Les Expos here, and Cecil Cooper, but I figured I'd show off the Expo given the card's maker.
Look at that crazy alternate card stock bilingual goodness!
I rounded out my visit to that box with some early Donruss. I got '81 and '82 Blyleven, and a few more '81s including our friend KONG!
Nice shot of him in front of the ivy at Wrigley.
There was one other item at the show that I spent pretty much the entire show eyeballing. It was my last purchase of the day, and my most expensive at a whopping $3. It didn't fit into any of my goals for the show, and it's not even a trading card, but it is awesome. Behold!
Yes! It's ORIOLE REGGIE!
It's got a mailing label on it and there's a little bit of edge wear, but it's in great shape otherwise. The subscription card is still inside, and the interior pages are gorgeous! I've actually looked at a few of these on eBay, but it's always easier to pick something like this up when it's right in front of you, isn't it? Awesome way to wrap up a day at the card show!