2011 Allen & Ginter #AGR-JM - Joe Maddon Framed Mini Relic - $2.15
I had seen this card posted on quite a few blogs back in 2011 and have always wanted a copy for myself. Joe is one of the best coaches in the game and I love the swatch, which comes from some crazy plaid traveling suit he had the team all wear if memory serves me right. I may end up trading this one away someday but for just over $2 I couldn't pass it up. Plus now my COMC blaster even has a hit.
2008 Goudey #HPC-22 - Nolan Ryan Hit Parade of Champions Mini - $1.58
There are quite a few Nolan Ryan cards in today's post, as you'll see shortly.
2011-12 Upper Deck Artifacts #110 - Ron Francis Short Print #'d/999 - $.92
Even managed to sneak in a Hartford Whalers card. This one will be making an appearance on my other blog at some point, as soon as I find the time to research whether or not there are any other Whalers on the '11-12 Artifacts checklist...
2010 Topps Opening Day #M4 - Wally the Green Monster Mascot - $1.00
You could definitely make an argument that I overpaid a bit for this one, but I really didn't mind. I want to track down all of the Wally cards that exist out there eventually.
2007 Topps Opening Day #190 - Wally - $1.00
Speaking of which, here's another that I snagged for an even dollar.
1993-94 Upper Deck SP #70 - Wayne Gretzky - $1.25
Wayne is one of the last big-name cards I needed to knock off the 1993-94 SP set, so I happily shelled out a buck and a quarter for a mint copy of this card.
2008 Goudey #208 - Nolan Ryan Short Print - $2.08
Here come some more of the Ryans I warned you about. I didn't notice until just now that I paid $2.08 for card #208 here, interesting.
2008 Goudey #208 - Nolan Ryan Mini Red Back - $2.25
In addition to the standard base card I grabbed the Mini Red Back parallel as well, couldn't leave it behind given that it was just a few cents more than the base card.
2008 Topps Stadium Club #97 - Nolan Ryan - $.93
I wish the 2008 Stadium Club set hadn't been ruined by the weird short print/numbering system, because I really love the design.
1981 Fleer #224 - Carlton Fisk - $.50
Considering what I paid for this, it's really inexcusable that I didn't add it to my collection sooner.
2011 Topps Gypsy Queen #19 - Jon Lester Green Framed Parallel - $.51
There was a time when I thought I'd collect all 100 of the 2011 Gypsy Queen framed parallels, the green and "paper" variations. Then the retail supply completely dried up, I never saw so much as a single pack again, and I didn't feel like paying the prices that some of these go for on the secondary market. To get one of the Red Sox 2013 ace for $.51 was nice though.
2009 Goudey #230 - Nolan Ryan Sport Royalty SP - $1.90
I gladly shelled out close to $2 for this short print, given that I pay more than that to ship a single card from an eBay win most of the time.
2001-02 Topps Archives #7 - Pierre Pilote - $.69
2001-02 Topps Archives #19 - Bobby Clarke - $.69
2001-02 Topps Archives #25 - Dennis Hull - $.69
2001-02 Topps Archives #52 - Johnny Bower - $.69
Four of the final few cards I need to knock off the 2001-02 Topps Archives hockey set. Just a couple left now, I should be able to put this one to rest sometime in 2013.
2012 Topps Update #TM-133 - Will Middlebrooks 1987 Mini RC - $1.63
Finally a 1987 Topps Mini from last year's Topps Update set. This was the affordable Will Middlebrooks "rookie" that I wanted more than any other last year, I'm really happy to have landed this one.
There's my blaster, seventeen choice cards for $20.46 shipped to my door. I'll take that over a retail blaster any day!