[i originally had this post ready to go last wednesday, but it was pre-empted]
i suppose this post could count as an entry in the "blogger national" bat-around - and speaking of the national, have you seen brad's blog's posts! incredible stuff. unfortunately, blogger won't let me comment on his posts, but it was fun to follow his exploits for sure. as for me, it's been a long time since i attended the national and i doubt i will ever get there again. thankfully, there is a monthly card show here in the twin cities that i attended in july. on with the cards!
at the show earlier this year, i passed on a 1995 score hall of gold brett butler card, assuming i had it. once i got home, i found that i did not, in fact, own that card. when i returned to the show the following month, the butler was no longer in the bargain box. i wound up picking the card up in a sportlots order.
well, this time, i came across a 1992 donruss butler diamond kings insert
i set it aside and later checked my wantlists. all my online list said was "dodgers complete" under 1992 donruss, but knowing that this was an insert, i wasn't too sure. i took it home with me and sure enough, i had not added the dk inserts to my want lists. now i can say "dodgers complete!"
as usual, i had made a beeline for a particular dealer and his bargain boxes. the butler was in the 5 for $1 box, along with these cards:
the 5 for $1 box was pretty lackluster, as i think this dealer is seeing that he can price things for more and get away with it. i saw a few cards in his dollar boxes (which were actually seven for $5 boxes) that had previously been in the 5 for $1 boxed. such is capitalism and i totally accept that.
i am a sucker for parallels - even when they aren't dodgers - but was excited to find a 2022 topps julio urias
for less than a buck. i see these things so rarely that i didn't notice topps was changing the print run of these annually like they do with gold parallels.
here are some more cards from the 7 for $5 boxes
a couple of comments on these cards - i have a hard time passing up bryce harper cards, but i don't collect him. the heritage is a high number short print, and the card directly above this is a montgomery card. i like the design of it. the josh hamilton and alex gordon are rack pack exclusives, and i had great success with an albert pujols rack pack card at a previous show, so i bought these two. i doubt anyone still collects hamilton but maybe.
here are some more:
even more 7 for $5 cards:
don't fret - i also found some dodgers in these boxes:
there's a 2013 bowman chrome clayton kershaw, a 2018 panini chronicles phoenix alex verdugo, a 2019 bowman christian santana chrome prospects purple refractor, a 2017 bowman draft chrome gavin lux, and two cards from 2020 topps update - a mookie betts 1985 35th anniversary card and a duke snider platinum players die-cut card. even though i didn't check my want lists, the only dupe turned out to be the kershaw card.
i also added this 70 years of topps insert
i already had the walker buehler card, which was from topps series 1. or maybe series 2.
i was happy to find a couple of silver pack cards - one from 2021 update
there were a couple of weird cards that i picked up from these boxes, like this thing
which is a sage hit make ready card of anthony allen who plays the football. not sure why i put this one in my stack, but i did and now would like to find it a new home.
i also bought these two cards from 2015 panini americana
back to parallels, i rescued these guys from the boxes
finally, i dug through the dealer's "half off sticker" box. here's what i purchased:
2017 bowman's best cody bellinger
this is a neat mini relic card from 2001 bowman heritage
the shine is off of bryant at this point, but not the card.
those were collectively marked for a total of $56, so $28 was the actual price.
now we get to the math...
it was time to settle up with the dealer. i had 10 cards from the 5 for $1 box, 77 cards from the 7 for $5 box, and $28 worth of half off cards. he totaled it up as $41 and asked for $30. um, ok. that didn't sound right but he was so confident that i handed the money over even though i was confused. i walked away and did some quick math and reversed course. basically, he forgot to multiply the 11 sets of 7 cards i took by $5 to get the real total - instead he counted all of those cards as being worth $11. the total should have been $85 - not $41. he asked for another $40, so i still got a bit of a discount from his posted prices ($15) although certainly not the deal he mistakenly let me have at first. i definitely felt better about things after we corrected the sale.
by this time the show was pretty crowded. the dealer whose boxes i was looking through is set up at the back (used to be the front) of the show (long story) so i hadn't seen just how many people had arrived. i walked over to a guy who always has true dime boxes and found 106 cards that he let me have for $10. here are most of them:
i am a sucker for topps heritage inserts and other random colored parallels and inserts.
same goes for parallels. even of marlins.
i picked out four 2018 topps update hall of fame highlights vladimir guerrero cards
i even bought some metallic snowflake cards from 2017 topps holiday
some of the keeper cards from this box are this 2022 topps opening day insert
for the tattooine collection, and a bunch of dodgers
2017 bowman andrew sopko mega box chrome prospects
2010 bowman carlos monasterios blue /520
2014 panini prizm eddie murray
2016 topps adrian gonzalez record setters
2018 topps opening day yasiel puig blue foil
2020 topps cody bellinger choice blue parallel
2019 bowman platinum corey seager
2020 bowman heritage cody bellinger
2018 topps gypsy queen cody bellinger blackless
it turns out i already had the murray, gonzalez, and seager cards, but i wasn't going to bother with the want lists at this point.
i took all the 2018 topps cody bellinger highlights cards the guy had to offer
and was actually bothered by the fact that there were a few black and blue parallels in there because i could have used the base version of those cards.
there's one more of the blue parallels along with some panini chronicles cards from 2018. i don't know how to buy chronicles cards, so this is pretty much the only way i will add them to my collection. the other stuff here are a 2020 topps max muncy hr challenge and a 2021 topps update trevor bauer 70 years of topps cards and some 2022 opening day cards i already had.
after the dime box purchase, i made a quick loop looking for some bargain vintage. i knew going in that i wanted to find some cards for my 1957 topps set build, and i did
in all, these '57s cost a total of $16. it's a but much given the condition but because of the opportunity cost angle, i made the deal. i also bought another card for $4 from this seller, bringing my card show expenditure total to an even $100.
as usual, i've sold a few of the cards i picked up and now the ones i am keeping have turned out to have cost me just my time and gas. heading to the national would cost me a whole lot more!