In my last post, I talked about my experience at the Nutter Center Sports Card Show. Now it's time to dive in and take a look at my purchases, starting with the good stuff ...
These are the two "non-hit" singles I bought. I've been searching for an Eric Davis rookie card for a while now and I'm finally happy to have one. The Bench card was a spur of the moment purchase and I'm really glad that I decided to pick it up, it's a beautiful card.
The first hit I purchased was this Joe Oliver autograph from this year's Topps Archives set. This came from the same guy I got the Davis and Bench cards from. Just need the Jose Rijo card to go along with this.
Until I saw these, I wasn't sure what my opinion was of the manufactured relics. Some people hate them, some like them. I was indifferent until I saw these. The Palmer was priced at only 50 cents and the Kiner was $2. I had only planned on getting the Palmer but once I noticed that the Ralph Kiner one was commemorating Ebbets Field, I grabbed them up.
I collect pretty much anything that catches my eye and this certainly did. With the orange patch and the fact is was George Springer, I had to get this.
I love memorabilia from old ballparks that no longer exist so I think that's probably why I picked this card up. It's a seat relic from old Crosley Field where Big Klu reigned supreme in the 50s.
Here's the aforementioned Reds team set from Topps Update. The player selection is so-so but at least I've got a Michael Lorenzen rookie, a few All-Star and Home Run Derby cards, and a nice card of one of my favorite players right now, Tucker Barnhart.
My final major purchase were these factory sealed hockey sets from 1990. The guy I got these from had about five of the 1990 Topps hockey set he was unloading at $3 each. On top of the stack of these sets was a plain white box. Curiously, I asked if it was another Topps hockey set, he opened it up and much to our surprise, it was a factory sealed set of 1990 Score, so I bought that too. Not sure what I'm going to do with these now though. I'm not one to leave cards in their rectangular prisons for too long as I'm of the opinion cards need to be able to be seen, not stuffed in a box. I'm thinking these will go into a binder and I'll save the boxes for extra cards.
Now that you've seen the best, the third and final part is coming up in a few days about the rest of my purchases from the dime and quarter boxes. Stay tuned ...