Friday, November 20, 2015

The Nutter Center Sports Card Show - Part 3: Bargain Bin Finds

It's said that variety is the spice of life ... well, you can't get much more variety that what I found in the bargain bins at the card show a few weeks ago.

My new project, 1981 Donruss. I didn't realize how much I liked these cards until I actually got a few in my collection. There's just something about them to me that screams "hey, these are pretty neat!" Sure, it's not the best Donruss effort ever but it's an affordable debut set that I can definitely get behind and it won't break the bank to build it. I really like the all gold uniform sported by Stargell.

A couple nice cards of Pete Rose as a Philly. The highlight card will go in with my slowing growing 82 Topps set build. I find it fascinating getting cards of former stars of the Big Red Machine teams in their post-Reds years.

A few nice Royals cards. The fountains card is just beautiful. I was surprised the Beltran was hiding in a dime box. Just goes to show you never know what you'll find.

Here's where the variety really starts to kick in. Check out all these random cards that I dug out! Griffey, Sandberg, Andre Dawson, Tony Gwynn, Javy Lopez and Tulo! The red cards of Joe Mauer and A.J. Burnett are serial numbered from Topps Unique, a brand I've never heard of. Tons of cool stuff.

Two guys making an impression in Chicago. Soler is going towards my Stadium Club build and Abreu will get a nice place in my 2015 binder.

Here's a batch of really cool Prizm cards. I know Prizm isn't everyone's bag but for me it's cool looking cards on a budget and that just can't be beat.

Another pair of random cards. Eckersley is one of my favorite non Reds players ever so anytime I can find a nice card of him, I'll gladly pick it up.

If you think all of that was a good variety, now here's where it veers completely off the tracks!

Four really nice Bengals cards. I'm not a big buyers of football packs but this years Panini Prestige is just too nice to pass up.

I could've thumbed through the hockey box for a good 30 minutes but these were the only two I picked out as I have aspirations to get some packs of Series 1 hockey soon. Just in case you're wondering, yes one person had a Connor McDavid rookie card and no, I wasn't about to pay $250 for it.

Vintage hockey is so hard to come by in my area that I'll get just about anything I see when it comes up, even in this case when I have no clue who Ron Schock is.

Kellogg's cards are always pretty cool, especially when they're out of a dime box.

A good variety and sampling of the new Topps WWE Heritage cards. British Bulldog was one of my favorites growing up, Charlotte is the daughter of 16-time world champion Ric Flair and has a big match coming up this weekend at Survivor Series against Paige, and Finn Balor is one of the hottest stars in NXT right now (and has some of the most awesome entrance music ever), plus it's a silver parallel.

The obligatory Reds pickups. Jesse Winker will hopefully be a star for the Reds and he should be ready by the end of the 2016 season. I met Corky Miller at the annual Reds Caravan one year and he's a really cool dude.

Closing out the bargain bin digs with two extremely nice Lou Gehrig cards, one for my Stadium Club set build and the other just because it's a very, very nice card.

Just because some card shows are small doesn't mean that you can't find good stuff. Look what I found after two hours and digging through some bargain boxes. I'd say this is definitely a card show I'll be heading back to soon.


  1. Great stuff! Love the Eck, Kellogg's, and the WWE Heritage(especially the Charlotte RC and the Balor).

  2. I kind of want to grab some of that new WWE Heritage stuff.

  3. That Sutton Kelloggs card is amazing.