Monday, September 18, 2017

Maybe I Should Just Stick To Trading

Well, that was discouraging. 

Got everything prepared, hauled it all out to the car, carted it into the show, piled it all on the table, and put my signs up.  And then after about four and a half hours,....


...I carried it all back home.  Every single card.  Didn't sell anything.  Not one.

I thought I had some decent stuff, too.  The Ginter and Gypsy Queen I showed earlier, a couple other years of Heritage, recent Topps with inserts, and some newer football.  I knew there might not be so much of a market for my miscellaneous older baseball and football, but maybe a couple Redskins collectors or something.  Nada.

I put out the few gamers and autographs I had among the boxes, and loose in the front, along with the Bowman Chad Kuhls.  Those were really the only things most people even picked up.  Had a couple nibbles on the other stuff, but no takers.

Guess I just don't collect the popular stuff - Shiny Bowman Rookie mojo.  Kinda knew that going in.  But didn't expect Zero.  Figured there had to be a couple set builders or team collectors coming in at some point.

I could downsize my stock and try again next month, but I'm not optimistic that it would go any better.  Some of the other veteran vendors say it slows down when football season starts (since the shows are on Sundays).  So I don't know.  I might feel better about it later.  We'll see.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Going Behind The Table Tomorrow

Have been spending my usual posting time prepping for selling at my first show tomorrow. 

I think I'm bringing too much for one table, as my car trunk is chock full and there are a few more boxes in the back seat.  A lot of people's collections wouldn't fill their cars, and this is just my extra stuff!  Hopefully I can sell some off - I need the space!  Not going to cash out the whole table, though.  Still a lot of trading potential.

I've got my inventory, extra top loaders, team bags and empty boxes for packaging, and plenty of change.  I think that's everything.  Even made some signs for the back of a few boxes pimping this blog.

If you're in the Hagerstown area tomorrow, stop by and look for my table at the Ruritan Club in Maugansville!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Pre-Nat Show Loot

I've neglected posting my haul from the mid-year Chantilly show.  This show was just a couple weeks before Chicago happened.  You may be sick of me showing my purchases of mass quantities after the National and Michigan Tour 2.0. Just confirms that I have no life otherwise, especially this year. :)

My usual show attire includes dark blue cargo pants with big pockets so I can carry around all this and still look for more.


Unpacked...


Still doesn't look like a whole lot until you sort it and spread it out.


Unfortunately, I don't have closer pictures or scans of the '50 Bowman, '63 Fleer, or some of the other good stuff.  Since it's been so long since I got these (mid-July), and that's the stuff that's most fun to put away, they're already integrated into their sets.  I could do a "state of the set" post if you want to see what I have so far on those....


I did upgrade a few team checklists, and remembered that Minnie was in bad shape too.  Turns out I had already swapped my set checklists, so these are available.  Didn't find the second one (132-295), but if you need any of the others, let me know.


More '74 upgrades and some additions to my '70 set.  Some great markdowns from a dealer named Dave Estright.  Didn't have as much success the second time around at his 90% boxes at the Nat.  But if you haven't been through them the first time, it's worth checking out.


Always love the space program, and this was a great find from Mulk's Sports Cards from just west of here.  This is a combination of the 1969 and 1970 Man In The Moon sets.  It was half off at $25, just missing three cards.  I've since found a couple of them and upgraded a few more.


And finally, a few from the "guilty pleasure" section, namely wrestling Divas.  There are several base cards of the gorgeous love Paige, and a bonus autograph of scarlet-coiffed hottie Eva Marie.

I promise I'm going to try to put together more posts on the philosophical or whimsical side rather than "look what else I got!" for a while, I swear....

Monday, September 11, 2017

Mr. Bob And Friends

The latest shipment from my man Marv arrived Saturday, and it did not disappoint.  Knocking my 1960 Topps needs down to fourteen cards were these beauties.


Mr. "Bob" Clemente heads the list.  This thing is only about 2° from being absolutely perfect.  His buddy Maris is just a little off vertically, but is pristine clean otherwise.

Ferrarese is the odd man out of this group, but bright and sharp nonetheless.  Great cartoon on the back of his:

Hep me, Hep me, I been hyp-mo-tized!

The rest are all high number All-Stars.  Skowron's back says he was out most of the previous year, but is back and clouting clutch hits for the Bronx Bombers.  McCovey is basking in his rookie year glory, looking forward to a Hall of Fame career.  Mathews  never has a bad card, and Kaline is just wondering what he has to do to win the batting title.  The cartoons on the back of the All-Stars are epic.  They cover half the card back, it's awesome.


Marvelous Marv VB., you are once again the MVP!!

Friday, September 08, 2017

IP By Proxy TTM Auto

That sounds like an automated network protocol setup.  Above my pay grade, I'm sure.

It's actually a quick description on how I got this:



I took my '79 Topps Ron LeFlore to the National hoping to trade something to somebody to get it signed for me.  I wasn't going to be at the show myself on Sunday, so I needed a little help.  Don from SCF had a table in the far corner of the floor and had a few suggestions.

My original arrangement failed when I forgot to leave my extra auto tickets with Don where they could be retrieved later.  But lucky for me, another SCF member, Rick, who goes by Turd Ferguson, took care of it for me.

I always like to get my in-person autos personalized, so when they go into my player collections, it's evident that I actually met the player.  This is the first case where my name was used, but I wasn't actually there.  Still looks great - a nice signature on a classic looking card.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Thoughts-On-Ginter Lead To Hits-On-Lists

Kerry from Cards On Cards started a conversation about Allen & Ginter in a recent post.  I commented with something like "Don't stop now, I just got a big pile of trade bait that you saw in this post.

Got the first wave of Kerry's contributions the other day.


 First up, the always welcome hit to a previous year's straggler inserts.  With a rare photo no less.


Heritage short print of a very serious looking Armando...


Heritage insert of two great pitchers, and a short print of J. Lo's current boyfriend.


 More Heritage.  Coaches and a guy I like even less.  I notice he's not wearing batting gloves.  They must have only had a couple hours to shoot.  He would have had to refasten them between shutter clicks I'm sure.


Moving to football.  Some rare variations from Pro Set.  ESPN 30 For 30 subject Dupree is just a PC, but the others feature text in various stages of obscurement (is that a word?) , missing player association logos, or slightly different color wording (not shown because they were filed away early after much squinting and independent scanning.)  Any Pro Set variation collectors will know what I'm talking about.


And finally, some random Redskins for the team files.  Very eclectic mix.  Thanks Kerry!


Friday, September 01, 2017

Last Stop ... And Best Bargain Of The Trip!

For the last shopping day in Michigan, the destination was All Star Sports in Grand Rapids.  This was my third or fourth trip to the shop in the western part of the state.


It's one of the most organized shops that I've been to in Michigan or elsewhere.  They have singles from several years in the 2000s and throughout the 80's and 90's, plus a lot of current product, and some vintage.  They also carry boxes of current product, and they do a lot with pro team jerseys and custom ones too.



Here's my haul from All Star.


Completed my 2001 Update set except for a few regular player cards and a couple of the Who Would Have Thought inserts.  Also hit some red back 2007s, some current inserts, football set singles, Redskins, and killed a Parkhurst hockey set.  These all came from the set singles, quarter and dime boxes.  Buyback player collection guys were a buck, and a few Heritage short prints for $2.50 each.  Got the Victory rookies fairly cheap, but messed up with the 90-91s and got Topps instead of O-Pee-Chees.  Picked up a few RG3's for about half off sticker price, since he's been so successful.

The bargain of the visit, and probably of the whole trip, was what I call the Gypsy-Ginter box.  There were a few big boxes and binders at the front of the store that were on special sale.  Most were marked "Whole box" or "Whole book" with a regular price of 10 or 25 dollars.  A sheet hanging nearby denoted a sale that drastically reduced these rates.  Don't remember what the 10 buck ones went down to, but the $25 ones were $8.88!  Check out the one I picked up!

All this for just under nine bucks!

For the picture, I sorted them all by year and laid an example card on each run.  The 2014 and 2016 Gypsys, and the 2015 Heritage are just those stacks.  Everything else is the whole row underneath.  For example, the 2013 Gypsy Queens (the grey/green ones in the first row) start under the card laying flat and go to the back of the box. the 2011's are the most populous, at least they will be after I take a starter set out of the 2013 Ginters that presently take up the whole last row.

This box is going to be major trade bait as some of the batches aren't enough to start a set, or are of sets I already made.  I've got 2011, 2012, and 2014 Gypsy already, as well as 2014 Ginter.  The short stacks of GQ and Ginter are likely all for trade.  I'll let you know about the Lineage.  There are some duplicate inserts in a lot of these sets, as well as some short prints.  Send me your lists and let's trade!