Thursday, April 16, 2015

Now THAT was a Card Show - Part 3 - Cheap Cards and Another '52

Very quick post today covering some more pick-ups from this past weekend's card show.  This is another picture I snapped while roaming the floor to give you an idea of the size of the show.  Took this one not long after opening so it looks a little quiet, but you get the idea.

One of the tables I came across had a whole bunch of oddball and unlicensed sets from the '80s at a buck a piece.  I'm trying to do a little better with reducing my card clutter and sticking more closely to my specific collecting interests so I grabbed only one set, which was this 1988 Star Wade Boggs issue.

There are 11 cards in the set in total, so at less than ten cents each I was happy to add these to my Red Sox collection.  I have to say that for an oddball/knock-off type set these actually have some pretty crisp photos, and the design isn't half bad either.

I won't bore you with all 11 cards, just a small selection, you get the drift.

My favorite of the bunch was this one featuring a great smile from Wade.

One horizontal card in the entire set, which doesn't work too well given that they didn't rotate the Red Sox logo around to match the orientation of the photograph.  Hey, for a buck who am I to complain?

This card came in the team set bag with the set, and I guess is supposed to prove that I have one of the 1,000 "official" sets produced.  Nobody could crack this fortress of security and produce any counterfeits, I'll tell you that much.  With almost 30 years having passed since these were printed up it's comical to think someone was worried about counterfeit cards for a set like this.

Since the Boggs set wasn't really enough to merit a post of its own, here are some hockey cards I scored from a quarter box a few tables down.

I picked up these two Messiers with reader Jeff in mind, as I still owe him some cards from the monster trade box he sent my way a few weeks ago now.

This one I grabbed for my own collection.  It's from the latest O-Pee-Chee release.  I'm a sucker for a good Rogie Vachon card, but especially so if it features his awesome double crown goalie mask as this one does.

There were two cards from the '71-72 Topps set in the box, both in pretty good shape.  I haven't gotten far enough with this set to have a want list yet, but I was relatively sure I didn't have either and the price was certainly right.

I'm glad I grabbed them both because I did not have a copy of either one, and am now a pair of cards closer to someday finishing this one off!

Finally, because I wanted to end each segment with one of my more significant pick-ups of the show, here's the other 1952 Topps card that I picked up from the dealer who carried this set and only this set:

I think I like this one even more than the other that I picked up.  Upper left corner's a little dinged but other than that this card is vibrantly colored, well centered and looks great for being well over 60 years old at this point.

I'm glad I made an effort to pick up some more significant cards like this.  It would have been easy to blow all of my time and money picking out cheap cards from discount boxes, but I really felt that at a show with this kind of selection I should focus on some harder-to-find and more significant cards like these.
That's all for today.  I've still got my biggest two finds of the day, and plenty of other great cardboard, which I'll get to in the final two posts tomorrow and Saturday.  Thanks for reading!


Tim B. said...

Those hockey cards are great and that's quite an attractive '52.

Hackenbush said...

I may have said this before but am I wrong to see a bit of Clint Eastwood in Henri?

shoeboxlegends said...

Hackenbush, SO random that you commented that as I came very close to writing that to me he looks like a cross between Clint Eastwood and Bruce Willis...

Mark Hoyle said...

I know I have a whole box of dupes from that 71-72 set. The first hockey set I completed from ripping packs.

shoeboxlegends said...

Oh man now I'm DEFINITELY going to have to put together a want list!

Mark Hoyle said...

That J Plante booklet is an insert in that set also

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