I think you'll agree that this latest "COMC Blaster" post is a candidate for my most diverse blaster yet!
The ground rules for these posts are simple, dive into my backlog of to-be-posted COMC goods and see how far $20 in store credit that could have been spent on a retail blaster was used on the site instead...
I picked this one up because it reminds me of my dad, actually. Back in the late '90s he was one of the first people to buy a new Beetle when Volkswagen revived the model. That purchase allowed his previous car (a Chevy Cavalier) to be passed down to me to become my first used car. I can still remember some of the first cruises around town we took in my dad's Beetle, and what a fun car that was.
There aren't a ton of Navigators cards out there, period. When I discovered this hard-signed Nick Johnson autograph courtesy of the 2000 Just set, I pounced. Maybe the most rewarding $1.25 I've spent on a baseball card in some time. For all I know, my brothers and I could be lined up right behind the fans in this photograph waiting for our chance at an autograph!
I thought this Ambiance insert from 2016 Topps Premier Gold that showcases Anfield (their home stadium) was a cool addition to my small soccer collection for just 85 cents.
I guess my instincts were good in this case, as I just looked and the cheapest copy available on the site at the time of this posting is north of $25! Man, I'd let this one go for $20+ in a heartbeat. Should have kept it in my inventory instead of shipping it home I guess.
I'd become aware of these relatively rare (#'d /25) "Orange Magma Diffractors" when I grabbed a Xander Bogaerts from the baseball release, and was keeping half an eye out for a complimentary example from the world of Star Wars when this Grand Moff Tarkin appeared for $3.25. Sold!
I scooped up this Bob Rule for a buck, probably due to a little bit of surface marking/scuffing that you can see up top against the black background. I've got four of these now, and will certainly keep my eye out for more dollar-or-less pick-ups like this one going forward...
I like adding rare parallels like this to that particular team collection, and like the basketball card above this one was available for an even dollar. I sometimes think to myself while browsing COMC "if I saw this card in a dollar box at a show or shop, would I grab it?". The answer here was unequivocally yes!
The more I see of the 1954 Bowman release, the more I absolutely love it. I think it's a superior set to what Topps churned out in '54. I love the Chicago jersey with the jarring red stripe, as well as the stadium background, on Warren Hacker's card.
One of those parallels would be the 1st Day Issue cards from Topps Stadium Club. There were supposedly around 2,000 of each produced, though they are not serial-numbered. The 1994 Stadium Club set in particular are really my favorites. I was just 11 years old in the summer of '94 and recall fondly just what a big deal this set was to me. These one-per-box parallels were like cardboard gold among my group of collecting buddies.
I search these out from time to time to this day, and bought this Ryan Klesko immediately when it turned up with an asking price of just 39 cents.
This particular release is entirely in tallboy format. I really need to pick up some more of these, but storage is a bit of a pain with hundreds of them. For now, I happily shelled out 62 cents for this amazing Charlie Hodge so that I have at least one example in my collection. Love that mask, and the brown pads!
Somewhat cheesy? Yes, but I'll take this over most Topps inserts coming out nowadays. Just 40 cents, too!
With that, our running total is up to $19.90, so we'll call it a blaster for today. Hope you saw something that interested you, and thanks as always for stopping by!
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