I've sorted through everything and I'm happy to say that I've added cards to the stacks of six of my more frequent trading partners. Plus, I found #5 from my my "Top 5 Most Wanted" cards list in the right margin. Now, I just have to remember who I promised to hunt this McKirahan card down for!
player collection. The top left card is from Post, but it's all in French. It has a tab at the top to pull and batting Ryno "stand-ups" on the other side. Oh lala!
The Kerry Wood card is a Pacific Card-supial, which I've talked about before, but can always use more of!
The bottom left is from the 2004 Playoff set, one of the card companies that came around during the fifteen years I was away from the hobby. The card on the top right is from a 1994 Upper Deck set and it's a scratch-off game! Here's the inside:
Pretty cool, no? Speaking of cool, I decided to splurge and buy some Cubs. The Panini Lester is very X-fractor-ish, but it's numbered and would look sweet with an autograph. #2016CubConvention
I remember when Chris Archer was acquired from the Indians and then pitched for the Peoria Chiefs. Now he's a stud starter for Tampa, but a card of his in Cubs blue is most welcome.
I found a Billy Williams card I didn't own and a nice card of a smiling Derrek Lee. You know when you spend like ten minutes at one table looking through the dealer's wares and you don't really find anything that speaks to you, but feel like you should purchase something anyway? Yeah, these two cards are an example of that. Four for a buck. The other two from this purchase are earmarked for a bro in Portland.
I still think Jorger Soler is the real deal. I know he performed at replacement level this year, but he had one of the wider strike zone the first two months of the season and then he battle some injuries. Tough luck.
A healthy Soler could hit 0.290 with 25+ homers next year. That's nothing to sneeze at.
These two were part of my largest monetary purchase of the day. Each was five bucks and I'm very, very pleased to add them to my collection.
Carson Sands is part of that stellar 2014 Cubs draft class and Paul Blackburn still has a chance to make the majors. A Blackburn autographed AND serial numbered (#/10) for five bucks? Yes, please! May I have another?
The last dealer I purchased from had three jumbo boxes at 75% off. Heaven! I picked out some trade bait and then found nine different Donruss puzzles. The cost? A cool $5 for the nine.
I'm thinking about putting the puzzles together, framing them, and decorating the walls outside the man room with them. We'll see if that ever happens, but it does sound like a nice idea!
Everything else from here goes into the trade boxes. I didn't really have anyone in mind for these cards, but they caught my eye for one reason or another and the price was right in each case.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, I LOVE Houston's orange alternate jersey tops. They are fantastic.
Moose bobblehead that will now be flanked by this card. And, how cool of a shot of that is Lorenzo Cain. If you want to read a cool story about Cain and how he broke into baseball, then you should read the article featuring him in Sports Illustrated last year.
Leave me a note if you see anything you're interested in. I'm always up for a trade.
Now, I just have to wait another 366 days until I have a show within 75 miles of my house. 2016 is a leap year after all. Sigh.