This past Monday I took advantage of a day off from work and a couple of hours of free time and managed to hit a card show at the Holiday Inn in Mansfield, MA. I had attended just once before, in fact it was the very first card show I hit up when I returned to collecting back in 2007. I made out pretty well that first time, but I'll save that post for another day. This past week's show I would say was a relative success. I still find that the best deals to be had on big name cards always seem to be online. When it comes to bargains though, the show was great. I purchased close to 100 cards for a grand total of $17 plus my $2 admission fee. About 50 of those cards were plucked from a dime box. I'm not going to bombard you with 50 scans in a single post, so I'll break it up into 5 posts of 10 cards a piece. Here are the first 10, in no particular order:
First up we have a Crash Numbered insert of Teemu Selanne from the 1993-94 Classic hockey set. I guess the Crash Numbered name comes from the fact that these are all serial numbered. That's right, only 15,000 of these bad boys were printed up. Cards serial-numbered to 15,000...if that doesn't sum up the mid-90s in the hobby then I don't know what does. One of the main reasons I was happy that the lockout got settled was for fans to have a chance to see at least one last NHL season from Selanne. He didn't disappoint in the Ducks' opener, notching 2 goals and 2 assists!
This Bryan Trottier is from a set that was new to me, 2004-05 Upper Deck Legends Classics. I was sold by the great photo with Dryden's mask lurking in the background.
This Satchel Paige is from another set I hadn't seen before, 2001 Upper Deck Hall of Famers. Satchel's 1953 Topps card is one of my most prized baseball cards, it's a real shame that it took me this long to add a second Paige card to my collection.
The baseball boxes were pretty light on Red Sox fare, which I guess is typical for a show in New England. I did manage to pluck at least a handful out though, including this Leaf Certified Materials Pedro. I always liked Pedro quite a bit, both when he was with Montreal and with Boston, so I was excited to learn this past week that he accepted a job in the Red Sox front office!
I was 99% sure I didn't have this 1995-96 Ultra Fedorov, so for ten cents I figured I'd take a shot at it. I'm glad I did, because my instincts were correct and this is now my 102nd unique Fedorov card.
This 2007 Allen & Ginter Jason Varitek was one of the best dime box scores of the day. I knew I needed the card, but didn't realize until I got home that it's actually a short print. Can't beat that for ten cents.
This 7th Inning Sketch OHL promo card of Eric Lindros couldn't be left behind. This promo is not numbered at all. Card #1 in the actual set is basically this same Lindros card but with a blue bar along the bottom of the card rather than red.
Finally, we have three 2011 Topps Heritage cards. From the Baseball Flashbacks insert set, Frank Robinson...
...and Bob Gibson. Great photos on both cards, couldn't pass them up. I'm not collecting this set or this insert set so maybe someday they'll end up in a trade package.
The other 2011 Heritage card in this group is the Babe Ruth Special Farewell Speech card. A unique card for sure. I don't have the original, so picking up this Heritage version for a dime was a no-brainer.
Not bad for a buck, huh?