Thursday, May 17, 2018

The City Wide Yard Sale Strikes Again

Since today was my normal weekday off from work (I work 4/10 hr days), I decided to reward myself for spending the morning and part of the afternoon doing some heavy duty yard work. After cleaning up and having a quick bit to eat, I decided check out some of the early goings-on as part of the city-wide yard sales this weekend. I figured today would be a good day to go out as the remainder of the weekend has rain and storms in the forecast on and off all three days. My five year old decided to go out with me as well, so with him in tow, I hit up the two stops I'd planned on today and found some pretty interesting stuff.

The first stop was an older house who messaged me on Facebook earlier in the week and said she had five tubs of cards available. That was enough to make me stop by and take a look. What I found was a mess, boxes of cards big and small (even some 1600-ct boxes) completely unorganized and mixed together in all sorts of storage containers ... shipping boxes, plastic tubs, and even a laundry basket. Needless to say, this was going to be a chore to sift through. I asked the lady what she wanted for the cards, she said that she'd already had someone make an offer on them but was holding them so I could look through them. I dug through, found a few boxes that were mainly baseball (there was a lot of football and basketball junk wax) and offered her ten bucks for the three plus a Joe Montana Starting Lineup figure. 

Here's the aforementioned Joe Montana figure. It's seen way better days and the bubble that houses the figure is pretty much nearly detached. I'll probably just relieve the figure of his misery in living in a plastic bubble and put the cards into the football section of my collection. I can only imagine how this box got so beat up.

The final stop of the afternoon wasn't far from the initial stop. I found the house, stuffed back in a corner of a newer development and talked with the guy I got a lead from on Facebook. He said he hadn't brought the cards down yet but took me up to where he was storing everything while my five-year-old played with his son, who I gander was the same age. Anyway, to say that my jaw dropped when I hit the floor was an understatement. There were giant stacks of 3200 count boxes that were numbered and strategically labeled along with some miscellaneous stuff on a shelf. I felt like I was the guy from Pawn Stars trying to make a deal. I knew immediately I was in over my head as there was way too much to dig through. So, I quickly ran through a few things in my mind and settled on a few items.

First thing I decided on was this 3200 count box of cards from 1982. He said that he was selling by the box for five each. That's a pretty fair deal so I pretty much grabbed the first one I saw. I took a quick look when I got home and it looks like there's cards from each major set that year ... Topps, Donruss, and Fleer along with maybe a few miscellaneous cards.

There were also a few smaller boxes, again five a piece. I couldn't help but notice this box was overflowing with wrestling cards from the 90s. So, I nabbed this as well. I'm really looking forward to going through this.

I noticed there was a decent collection of bobbleheads so naturally my conversation went to that. He said he had a few duplicates and presented those to me. I settled on this Amir Garrett bobblehead from the Louisville Bats from last season. So far this year, Garrett has been a good addition to a Reds bullpen that is pretty much held together with duct tape and hope.

One other thing that was part of the massive collection the guy was portioning off was unopened wax. Yes, unopened wax. There were multiple boxes of Topps Big, some legends set (I think Pacific Legends but not sure) and one box of 1989 Bowman. I'm not a big fan of Bowman must for another five spot, that was thrown in the deal too. So, with everything it was $35, I countered with $30 and to my surprise, he took it! He even helped load the cards into my car. We talked a little after, he provided his number and mentioned he would do trades for stuff as well and if there was anything I was interested in, he'd dig through and let me know.

I'd say overall for a grand total of $40 I'd say I did pretty well and I've got a nice amount of stuff to dig through. I think I'll spend the rest of the yard sale weekend on my front porch (provided it doesn't rain) and observe the traffic chaos on the main road from afar. If it does rain, well, then I've got a nice little project to work on then.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Frozen In Time

After tearing open some hockey repacks (two of which I've featured and one yet to come), I have these loose packs laying around. As I did with the baseball ones from previous repacks, I've just decided to open these in one fell swoop instead of pack by pack. These cards have been, well, frozen in their packs since they were sealed so time to see what's inside.

First pack is the 1990-91 Pro Set, apparently the hottest cards on ice or so the pack says. And so far, there's not a whole lot here but I do have a new Devils card to add to the mix. I like the design on these as they're very colorful. The top and bottom borders correspond with the players team and the half circle on the bottom is the teams secondary color. That being said, they're still not the best as the card stock is pretty flimsy.

Only one player I recognize here, that being Sergei Federov. I do like the get-up on Frank Pietrangelo though.

There's a few fun cards in this last batch. I like the Marcel Dionne card and the Oilers Stanley Cup championship card. Also, how often do you see cards of referees? That's pretty neat.

Moving on to the following years Pro Set. I've opened a ton of this in the past with boxes of both Series 1 (in French by the way) and Series 2, so I'm a little tired of this product by now. However, I will say this was a pretty decent pack, including Ken Daneyko and Rod Brind'Amour.

The design is much more simple than the 1990-91 design with just a basic nameplate and a team logo. There were also some All-Star cards commemorating the All-Star Game that year in Chicago.

Some old school Sabres to close out the pack with Dale Hawerchuck and Rick Vaive. Also, I should note this is a pack of the French version. Take a look at the fine print underneath Kelly Kisio's name. I'm guessing he was a selection of Minnesota in that convoluted draft in 1991 with the Sharks and the  Stars.

Also, here's a picture of the back, which is very much in French. I can't read or write French, so what that says, you got me.

Moving on to the last pack, it's some 1990-91 Score, which is famous for two rookie cards, Martin Brodeur and Jaromir Jagr. I bought a sealed factory set of this a few years ago because it was three bucks and I primarily wanted the Brodeur rookie. I eventually broke the set, kept the cards I wanted, and sent the rest to either trading buddies or to the local Goodwill.

Nothing much here so far, except for a pretty neat looking Al MacInnis card.

I guess the All-Star cards have the whole multiple exposure thing going on? Anyway, no dice on either the Brodeur or Jagr cards, but I do have two new Nordiques cards to add to the mix. Junk wax hockey really isn't my forte but I still enjoyed tearing into these packs. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Blog Bat Around: What I Collect - An Addendum

A few months ago there was a blog bat around topic brought up by Night Owl about what you collect. There were a number of things, card wise, that I listed in that particular post that I talked about, however, sitting at the office last weekend on a rare Saturday that I had to work, I looked around my cubicle and realized there were a number of things I had there that I collect that I failed to mention. So, here's a quick addendum to that blog post from a few months ago with more stuff that I collect ...

Starting Lineup Figures

If there's one thing I love to get if I can get a good deal on them, it's Starting Lineup figures. I haven't added more to the collection in about a year though but if it's a player I like from the past or a cool figure from any sport, I'll add it to the collection. I've only got two baseball ones right now but these four hockey ones are my favorite. I think the one that wins for most awesome is the Gretzky/Messier double pack with the Stanley Cup floating between them. 


Oh how I love bobbleheads. While they definitely can be expensive (and I flat out refuse to pay $25 or more for one), I've always liked them from when they first became popular again in the early 2000s. These two above are an old Joe Nuxhall one and next to him is Howler, the Coyotes mascot. While he got damaged somehow, it's still a pretty cool piece to have a sometimes mascot bobbles aren't all that easy to come by. Also, there's a Chris Sabo Starting Lineup figure hiding in the background.

Speaking of mascot bobbleheads, here's my newest addition ... it's my high school mascot, a cougar. I got this from the school registration office when we signed my five year old up for kindergarten a few weeks ago. It was sitting on a shelf in front of some framed high school team photos of the past season. I made a remark about how it was neat and the registration lady said "take it if you want, I think we've got a bunch of them". Well, she didn't have to tell me twice!

And here's the last of my current collection, Tony Perez and Mat Latos. While I'm not a big Mat Latos fan, he was a pretty decent pitcher when he was with the Reds and was part of the awesome rotation we had at the early part of the decade with Cueto, Latos, Bailey, Leake, and Arroyo. 


Ok, I'll finally admit it .... I collect Funkos. These crazy little things finally got me to start buying some en masse and while the typical going retail rate of ten bucks is enough for me to go crazy, I have to actually be interested in something to buy a figure of it. Case in point, the Big Lebowski figures. It's one of my all time favorite movies so I just had to get a figure of both The Dude and Walter. Mr. Redlegs came from the flea market and the mascot line is the only baseball Funkos I know of that they've done. Also, while I'm not a huge fan of the Penguins, the Sidney Crosby figure was a Secret Santa present from a co-worker last year.

I don't always keep them in the box either. That's the nice thing about the Funkos is that they look good both in and out of the box. I forget the name of the tall Ghostbusters figure of Ray at the left but it know it's made by the same people who make Funkos. Plus, of course there has to be Ecto 1 and Winston nearby.

I do like the fact that Funko has a line of figures from horror movies and I just couldn't resist taking them out of the box. Previously, these had been part of my annual Halloween "mood display" at home but I took a different route to that display last year, so I made these part of my Halloween decorations at work. They were such a hit with co-workers I decided to leave them up the whole year round.

And since they all didn't fit it one picture, here's the rest of them. I've really got to find some more of the Universal Monsters figures and I hope there's one of Dracula floating around out there somewhere.

So, that's a quick addendum to the "What I Collect" blog bat around from a month or so back. While I know this stuff isn't exactly card related, it's still some pretty neat and fun stuff that I probably should have included in the original post.