Card Show Spoils

I haven’t the time to pontificate about how much I enjoyed the card show.  I had very few goals, and those that I did have were exceeded.  So much so, that I can’t say one bad thing about that day.  True, I didn’t get any Fisk autos or relics, but what I did walk away made up for that.

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Jimmie Foxx is one of those legendary players that remains an important part of the hobby, and for that I am grateful.  Panini Cooperstown is consistently putting out cards that appeal to my type of collecting habits.  Numbered 10/25, this cost me $1.


Cards that are this vintage never make it to my want list, as I have no concept of what I am looking for.  But these two were kind of thrown in with a larger purchase.  If I bought a certain amount of cards, the dealer would throw in some vintage cards for “free.”  These were the only two Boston Red Sox cards he offered, so I accepted.

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While Derek Norris is a current catcher that I do collect, I have never sought after his cards.  But when I got this for less than $2, I felt like I couldn’t afford not to buy it.  It is, after all, a Topps Strata relic, that came from a real game.  The fact that, that is a selling point bothers me.  Shouldn’t Topps be using jerseys from an actual game?  And I don’t want to hear about this being a jersey worn by the player pictured, as that isn’t the case.  When I went to the authentication website, this popped up:

Hologram number JB139109 was located in the MLB Authentication Database under SWATCH OF GAME-USED JERSEY.
Session Product Description:
Session Date: August 19, 2015

How mad would you be if you bought one of these based on it being worn by a certain player?


Perez is riding high right now, and I have a nagging suspicion that his ride is almost over, but he is a great catcher and this was another cheap acquisition.

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Since I have returned to the hobby, I haven’t seen a lot of Varitek relics.  Part of that is due to his retirement at the end of the 2013 season.  However, he rarely gets the respect he deserves, so he hasn’t been included in a lot of recent products.  While it is just a plain white swatch, it is much larger than most other relics, and it is from the “good ol’ days” when Upper Deck labeled this as game-used.

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This has to be one of the more appealing relics that I own.  I have seen a few other “Tools of the Trade” relics online, but they are mostly out of my price range.  This one, numbered 006/150, fit my budget.  Who wouldn’t spend $4 on a Gary Carter relic?

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I have heard rumors that the Sox may trade Pablo Sandoval to the Padres for James Shields, and nothing would make me happier, especially, as that would open the door for Brock Holt to get more playing time.  I know that most wouldn’t consider him as a valid All-Star selection, but I think he is a rare talent, similar to Ben Zobrist, just without the power.

I found a cache of David Ortiz relics.  As his final season is upon, I felt that I needed to add to my meager collection.

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At less than $2 each, these had to come home with me.


Napoli has bounced around the league throughout his career.  He now finds himself playing for Cleveland and his days of playing catcher are far behind him.  But I still remember seeing him play catcher in Texas back in the day, and I have fond memories of him as a member of the Red Sox, so don’t judge me for spending $3 on his autograph.

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While Gypsy Queen autographs aren’t appealing to me, generally speaking, picking this up for less than $3 is a bargain too good to pass up.

The next two autos would generally have been outside of my price range, but thanks to winning a door prize, I picked up both for $40.

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To date, this is my only David Ortiz auto.  There are things that could be better, such as no logo and the sticker auto, but I am happy with the purchase.  Numbered 43/49, this 2015 Diamond King is one of the better cards that I own.

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Needless to say, living in Texas has its drawbacks when it comes to collecting Astros cards.  Just about every table, with the exception of the vintage dealers, had Carlos Correa cards for sale at outrageous prices.  Since most people are obsessed with Correa at the moment, it seems like Altuve’s cards have dropped in price.  Originally this was priced at $30, but with my door prize, I had some extra cash to spend.  Though it doesn’t exactly fit my collection habits, and is one of the more expensive cards that I have ever bought, I am content with it.  However, that doesn’t mean that I couldn’t be talked out of it for the right trade.  I won’t list it on the Trade Bait page, but know it could be had, if you play your cards right.

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6 Responses to Card Show Spoils

  1. Mark Hoyle says:

    Nice looking Foxx. He’s one of my PC guys. Just picked up a 1933 Tattoo Orbit card of his


  2. shoeboxlegends says:

    Great haul all around, but those last two cards are especially drool-inducing!


  3. Josh B says:

    Nice haul!

    I do think that Norris / Middlebrooks jersey is an error, or a mistake on Topps’ part. I’ve actually checked all the Strata jerseys I’ve gotten (a whopping 7), and they are all linked to the correct player.

    Funny story, though… I was in a group break and had the Red Sox. It was a monster haul for the Sox – two Pedroia jersey/autos (still have one if you’re interested), two Swihart autos, and a Hanley jersey card. I checked all three jerseys… and it turns out that the Hanley was from one of two games I attended at Fenway last year! That one definitely ended up in my PC. 🙂


    • jaredwillden says:

      I too thought it was weird, as I have read many bloggers that have busted Strata. Pedroia is one of my favorite players, though his autos are usually outside my reach when it comes to prices. However, I am interested in at least talking about trading.


      • JoshSamBob says:

        Hey Jared –

        Sorry for the delay in my response. Happy to deal you that – and/or a bunch of other Sox cards. Drop me a line at joshsbob ….a………..t….// gmail.



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