A few weeks ago, I went to a card show. It had been a long time since I'd last gone to a card show -- January 2021.
And, as the title suggests, I got some pretty awesome cards.
For card shows to be a success, I need some decently priced vintage and a good dime box. If it has that, it's a success. Anything beyond that is a bonus. There was well priced vintage at this card show, and a good dime box, but what made it the greatest was what lay beyond that.
The dime box was almost exclusively cards from 2000 to 2021. I was able to get some good cards for my player collections. I got over about 240 for $20.
|Ichiro! I have 39 cards of him.|
There were a few refractors mixed in with the chrome cards, which was a nice surprise.
These two were actually a quarter. The Dioner Navarro is numbered to 100, and the Judge is a pre-rookie card. Has a crease, though.
These two bring my Mariano Rivera collection up to 70 cards. I got two others, but they were both duplicates.
Also put some work in my Yankee collection. I had less than a dozen 2021 cards before this show.
|Yankees from the most boring and common parallel set ever.|
|These are nice, though. There was a good amount of 2020 Stadium Club. Beautiful. |
These minis were my first Obaks. I was hoping for Steve Dalkowski, but Moe Berg and Walt Whitman are good too.
The affordable vintage came from an unpriced table. I know some of y'all really don't like it when dealers have their cards unpriced, but it was a good experience. The prices were very fair, and negotiations weren't contentious.
Some nice semi-stars here. They were all in great condition.
All of these were $1.25, except Becquer and Schofield who were $1. I'm now at 278/572, or 48.6% through 1959 Topps.
Very glad to get Wally Moon with the Cardinals.
$1.25 was great price for Bobby Richardson. It has some writing on the back, but not much, and it's in great shape.
All I've shown is good, but standard card show fare. What made this card show stand out (and justify its ridiculous $12 admission fee) was great prices on pre-war cards.
I hadn't gotten a 1933 Goudey in forever, but got six at this card show, all priced between $5 and $10. I now have 18 of the 240. Probably never going to complete it, but you never know. :)
"Howling Dan" Howley is a treasured minor league card, as he was managing the Toronto Maple Leafs at the time. He had a mediocre career as a catcher, mostly spent in the minors, and managed the Cincinnati Reds from 1927 to 1932.
Jack Burns was a mediocre first baseman with the Browns and Tigers from 1930 to 1936.
Adam Comorosky wasn't very good either. He did hit 23 triples in 1930.
Earl Whitehill, in contrast, was a very good pitcher. He won 218 games in his career, and 1933 was his best season. He was 22-8 with a 3.33 ERA for the Senators that year.
Tommy Thevenow is legendary for his weak bat. He hit two home runs in his 1229 game career, and both were inside the park. He had a .247 batting average in a hard-hitting era.
I don't think many people have heard of Ray Kremer, but he was a great pitcher in his prime. He led the NL in ERA in 1926 and 1927 with marks of 2.61 and 2.47, and had a 143-85 record for his career. But by 1933, he was 38 (he looks even older) and over the hill. He had a 10.35 ERA in 20 innings that season, and went back to the PCL. He was terrible there, too, with a 7.26 ERA.
Speaking of the PCL...
I've never seen Zeenuts at a card show before, but one of the dealers had a good stack of them. (He also sold me some of the Goudeys. The other ones came from the dealer without prices.)
Johnny Bassler was $6. He was a very good catcher with the Detroit Tigers. In his nine year career, he hit just one home run, but had a .304 average and 437 walks against 81 strikeouts. After his major league career was over, he spent 10 years in the Pacific Coast League, and did very well. He hit .354 in 1931 (the year of the card), and that was pretty typical for him.
These two, also 1931 Zeenuts, were $4 each, and I'm undecided which is in worse condition.
Carl Holling had a 4-8 record in the major leagues, and a 65-72 record in the minors. 1930 was his last season.
Eddie Bryan had a long career in the minors, winning 209 games from 1921 to 1936. He was okay.
I love this one. It's a 1912 Zeenut, $18, and it's beautiful. Deacon Van Buren had a super long career in the minors, from 1895 to 1914. He was 41 in 1912, but still hit .313.
I'd been wanting a Zeenut of Harry Krause for a long time because I have his American Caramel Rookie card. To recap, he led the AL in ERA in 1909 as a rookie with a mark of 1.39, hurt his arm, went to the minors, and pitched in the Pacific Coast League until 1929, ending up with 309 pro wins.
They look good all together. The 1927 Zeenut was $8, and the 1929 Zeenut was $10.
|This was on the back of one of them. |
This 1927 Zeenut Gus Suhr goes well with his 1933 Goudey, which I got last year. He had a good career in the majors, but his best season anywhere was probably his 1929 season with the San Francisco Seals. That year he hit .381 with 51 home runs and 62 doubles in 202 games. The great season and long schedule gave him an other-worldly 526 total bases.
I had just two Zeenuts before this card show, so it was pretty awesome getting seven new ones.
To make things even better, a few days after the card show, I noticed that the 1999 Topps Gallery Larry Walker I got for a dime was numbered to 250. It turned out to be a Player's Private Issue parallel, whatever that is.
|Notice the lettering on the top left corner.|
A fitting postscript to the best card show I've ever had.