I am a little bit late in recounting this show, as it happened on Martin Luther King day. This is the monthly show set up at the Holiday Inn. This month fatured guests such as Bruins legend Johnny "The Chief" Bucyk, Heisman trophy winner Charlies White, former New England Patriot quarterback, Steve Grogan, current (and on injured reserve Patriot running back, Dion Lewis, and WWE Hall of Famer Junior "Rikishi" Fatu. (Not that I would be getting any of their autographs, but still a nice line up for a tiny local show.
As I have been doing lately, I have been showing up several hours before the official show opening, due to the fact that my favorite dealer generally gets there sometime after 4 AM. There is a loyal group of collectors that meet him there and help him cart in his stuff for first crack at what he may have that is new. On this day, the weather was not too appealing and it was pretty cold and snowy. I got there around 5:15AM and decided I did not want to be encumbered with a bulky winter jacket so I opted to leave it in the car since I was only several feet from the door. It is a solid move if you are deep within the show itself, but, when your dealer is set up directly near the entrance door, not the smartest move, especially when all the other dealers started to show up around 7:30-8AM. That door was perpetually open!! But enough with the weather and onto my task at hand, and my number 1 and 1A plan was to try to fill in as many of my 1970 and 1975 Topps set needs. My main dealer has a system, his older vintage stuff is 15% of book when the stock is new to a show. The following month, those cards drop to 10%. But since this show was not a traditional month off from the last one, the stock would be 12%. I dug into the boxes of his older card but only managed to find around a dozen 1975 Topps cards the most notable being a Steve Carlton. However, I did far better with the 1970s cards as I found 77 more to add to the growing pile that will one day be a set. I grabbed many commons I was missing, and only a few stars the most notable being Juan Marichal. I can't complain as my stack is getting close to being to the point where I switch form a list of cards I HAVE to the actual list of the cards I NEED!!
He also has a box that is purely "Ask for Price" These are cards that as he puts it are more than $3. I glanced through out of curiosity when a few cards caught my eye. I love Hall of Fame players. I love debating on who is in the Hall and in my opinion does not deserve to be. I love to debate who is egregiously omitted from the Hall and should be in there. I even like to debate who may not make the Hall but should not have been booted off the ballot acter their first time due to lack of writer votes. I love cards that depict the Hall of Famers. I was not so warm and fuzzy to them when I was younger, but I really dig them now that I am older. Now a days, it seems producing HOF player cards is a regular thing, but when I saw this 1961 Fleer card, I could not say no.
I am guessing, unless I find the 1960 Fleer, this might be the oldest Gehrig I will ever have the pleasure of owning. Overall, I am not sure I like the floating in the field of red card style, but I was ot born for Fleer to ask my feedback on the design of the set. The rest of the layout of the card is typical Americana with stars, stripes and a pennant. The condition was great for its age, so I am pretty peased with getting my first 61 Fleer. ONly time will tell if I run into additional cards from this set that fit the budget and make it worth trying to put the set together, but for now, I am happy with my one off.
Right after this card was another card set that I have never owned a card from, the 1951 Topps. I really liked the condition of this little fella, the parts where you broke the card off looked fresh and not worn down, and the color was great. Even better was the price, a mere $4 to bring a Hall of Fame legend, and recently deceased on at that in Monte Irvin.
I came up with an idea of showcasing my Fantasy baseball teams by collecting a card from each player that played for my team in a given year. Francisco Liriano is a guy that long been a frustrating enigma for my team. I picked him up in 2005 and in 2006 he started off having a great year leading the league in ERA and going to the All Star game and was on a roll until he landed on the disabled list in August. He end up having Tommy John surgery in the offseason and spent 2007 recovering when he returned he was erratic and bounced up and down from the majors and minor leagues, though there were times he showed flashes of brilliance. The Twins eventually became frustrated with him and dished him to the White Sox where he was no better. However after signing with the Pirates in 2013, he looks to have regained his form. I snagged this Liriano card to represent his first year on the team. Not the most dynamic looking card, but the sig looks great.
After that, I then worked my way through his multitude of .50 cent, 3/$1.00, .20 cent, .10 cent, .07 cent, and.05 cent boxes. There is always lots of great star cards, 90s inserts, and oddball card in there. Even at the low prices, cards can add up. Here are some of the highlights.
I was always a Delgado guy, and I find myself picking up his cards with the intent of using him as trade fodder with Blue Jay collectors. Sometimes the only way to pry a Joe Carter Blue Jay card from a Blue Jay collector is to offer a multitude of other Blue Jay cards that will outweigh having that particular Carter card. Granted, this card is him as a Marlin, but like I said, I always liked Delgado, and for under a buck, why not.