A week or two ago I found myself in a situation that may be familiar to some of you. We were having some friends over for a party and I had quite a few stacks of cards laying around the house that needed to disappear. I try to keep my collection contained within my office/card room but somehow these little pieces of cardboard end up migrating around from time to time. Anyway, I was pressed for time and quite a few miscellaneous stacks ended up getting put in a small paper shopping bag in my office during the cleanup effort.
Some of these cards were recent purchases, some older stacks of cards that I haven't looked through in forever. There are cards from the local hobby shop, trades, group breaks, retail purchases, eBay purchases...you name it. Honestly I don't even know what made it into the bag for the most part. Now that things have quieted down a bit, and I've got a vacation from work looming on the horizon, I am going to start getting through these cards, cataloging and organizing them. There are probably 150-200 cards in the bag, far too many for one post, but I came up with an easy way to show some of them here.
As a kid, one of my favorite parts of a trip to the hobby shop was the grab bag. You know, the brown cardboard bag taped shut and sold for just $1 or $2, filled with a few dozen cards that "could be anything!", but usually ended up being a bunch of '80s commons or some junk wax packs. I don't recall ever pulling anything fantastic from one, but I guess I was a sucker for the intrigue of not knowing what awaited me inside. Since I enjoyed these surprise packages so much, I figured the grab bag approach would be a good way to post some of these cards from my cleanup. For each post I'll just grab a small handful of cards from the bag and throw them up here on the blog. Here are 5 random choices to start things off...
Now for a couple of baseball cards. The two that I grabbed both happened to be relic cards of Will Clark.
So there you go, 5 random cards from the bag in my closet. Do any of you gravitate towards the grab bag? I guess maybe retail repack packs are pretty much the same thing nowadays...
Penmanship Hall of Fame - For not only fitting a lengthy name on the sticker, but for doing so with such great cursive, Ga'Quincy McKinstry goes directly to my collection's penm...
Love the grab bags. When I was a kid my LCS would sell 800 ct boxes of all hockey for just $8. It was awesome looking through them, I must have bought at least five of them over a few years. Yes, there was come crap in there, but they always managed to mix in some really nice 90's inserts. Great stuff...
Huge fan of Will Clark... but I'm even a bigger fan of hockey refractors from the mid 90's.
My two favorites:
95/96 Bronze Refactor of Terreri & the Will Clark jersey card (SF Giants version).
Oh man, I've been the victim of my cards needing to disappear in a hurry. Usually, they end up on the black table in my office that is perpetually overrun with cards, on top of my printer or on my desk. I've been making a habit of whittling away at those miscellaneous stacks.
Thanks for the comments guys. Good to know I'm not the only one who's a sucker for the grab bag, and great to know that others have had to clean up stacks of cards in a hurry as well!
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