So, I went to Dr. Wax's card show on Sunday. It was a a sparse and somewhat muted, but determined card show if I ever saw one. According to Dr. Wax (who took on water in his and his mother's houses; hang in there, guy), two of our regular dealers are still MIA, one of whom, Linda (nice lady, has sold me some great stuff), lived in Mantoloking (Google it, it ain't pretty) before the storm hit. Hopefully we hear from them soon. Everyone else and their property is anywhere from "OK" to "man, this sucks", but they're hanging in there.
I spread around a little bit of cash to the local dealers (I've been trying not to buy much of anything lately, except in cases where local merchants can use the business after the storm; threw a few bucks at my local when they reopened, that kinda thing) and picked up a few cards. In the interest of thinking about something other than the storm relief effort for a minute, here they are...
Picked up a couple of nice, cheap Namaths, only my 2nd and 3rd playing-era Namath cards.
Got a Leaf Doc Gooden rookie! Now I have to find the damn O-Pee-Chee one and that friggin' Fleer Update one to finish off the major issues. (I think I have the Topps Super, but I'm not 100%. I'll have to check.)
I don't have a ton of f00'ball relics of my guys, so I was very glad to pick these up. The Jerry Rice, brace yourselves, was a BUCK. Ronnie Brown was even more pricey than that at $2!
I haz a 3D problem. Still need to get more of these little Lineage bastards. Or were they Archives? Who cares? They're 3D.
Put some solid effort into set-building in Fast Eddie's dime boxes. Got myself 35 more '99 Topps, so I'm within 27 cards of the set.
Got a quality handful of '00 Gold Labels of various classes, including my main man Vladimir.
Snuck a couple of Heritage in there, including this awesome Mark Buehrle...
And this terrific card of El Duque.
(PLEASE click on the thumbnail, this image does these no justice.)
Had one more really productive go at set-building. Got within 1 card of finishing the base set on '09 Donruss Americana, and look at the names I picked up! Albert Brooks! Lorna Luft! Michael Beck! Erin Gray! Eric Roberts! Swoosie Kurtz! Ralph Macchio! Jeffrey Tambor! Awesome, awesome set. The only base card I need now is #74, Corbin Bleu, whoever the hell he is (oh, he's one of the High School Musical kids). I'll probably do a Buy It Now to get it over with this week.
Lots of bargains in this month's auction. Signed Dave Winfield and Billy Herman balls going for $20 each, a '99 Yankees World Series team-signed ball for $250, and so forth. Was SORELY tempted to bid on a Johnny Vander Meer framed autographed photo in the auction, beautiful piece (shoulda taken a picture of it, but it went just above the realm of "me eating for the rest of the month" (around $40 for something I don't have wall space for; it's also a time when people need a lot more than sports memorabilia around here, even in a situation where the proceeds were going to charity).
Oh, and I dropped off about 15,000 cards at the Toms River East Little League building, which is serving as a makeshift (but really well-organized) distribution center for aid supplies right now. They're good on most supplies, but they really need distractions for the kids (and some of the adults) so they were really happy to see the cards. If any of you were looking to hit me up for '87 Topps or '92 Fleer, you're out of luck. They went, along with about 8000 mixed f00'ball, basketball and hockey cards from all eras. Next month, if they need 'em, more of that kinda stuff is going to the kids, so last call for any trades involving ridiculously common cards!
As I mentioned in my preview post for this show, Reds outfielder Todd Frazier will be there next month (and is also helping with the auction!), and y'all BETTER come see him if you're in the area and collect bubble gum cards. It will be a great show.