Posts in category: Cardboard Icons
HOF Rookie Card: 1933 Goudey Carl Hubbell BVG 4

Perhaps the biggest PC addition to come out of my most-recent COMC Mailday was this 1933 Goudey Carl Hubbell rookie card graded a 4 by Beckett Grading.      The centering is amazing. The back is clean. The surface is fantastic. The price was unbeatable. Hubbell was a two-time NL MVP, nine-time All Star, a […]

This needs to be said about our hobby and card “values” in wake of Rousey loss

I’m not an MMA fan per se. I don’t buy Pay Per Views, seek Online streaming of events or even care really about who’s the champ of their weight class in whatever promotion. But unless you were living under a rock last night there was no chance you were going to avoid the hot topic: […]

Discounted 2014 Bowman Platinum blaster pays off with Correa ink

I made a quick stop today at a Target to see if they had any WWE Topps Archives (they didn’t have any) and ended up finding a stray discounted 2014 Bowman Platinum blaster hidden on the bottom shelf. It’s a fun product at $12.99 a box for eight packs because it has autographs of most […]

Thrift Treasures 99: An auto, a variation and the Heartbreak Kid

I don’t get out to flea markets as often as I’d like, but we managed to get out this weekend. We took the kids and some other family members to the monthly flea market at the local community college and while the kids were racking up good deals, for a while the only thing I […]

Thrift Treasures 98: Sweetness and the Snake

I haven’t had much time to write lately.  We had a death in the family the same day I wrote my Wally Pipp post, and since then every day has been a little hectic.  Nonetheless here I am writing a new a Thrift Treasures trying to get back to some normalcy. Friday night after work […]

Who doesn’t like a good story: 1921 American Caramel Wally Pipp

Everyone knows who Lou Gehrig is. Whether it be for the disease that bears his name, the fact that he was a stud baseball player or simply as the man whom Cal Ripken Jr overtook two decades ago in Ripken’s quest to become baseball’s record holder for most consecutive games played. Only a true baseball […]

When your LCS has an HOF rookie card you’ve been seeking, you must buy it

I have an addiction to buying baseball cards.  Yes, I said it.  I had about 40 minutes of free time Saturday while juggling a bunch of family stuff so I utilized every minute I had and made a trip to one of my local card shops, the one that has lots of vintage. I really […]

Pack-Pulled vs Industry Standard

As a rookie card (and prospect) collector, it is a goal of mine to acquire early cards if every guy who has played in the Majors. It’s a daunting task that at times I struggle to adhere. With players from pre 2002, it was fairly simple to decide which card(s) I wanted to target. In […]

How many factory sets do we need?

So the other night I had to run to Target to pickup some medicine for my wife. The medicine is next to the card aisle so of course I took a peek to see if there was anything worth buying. I didn’t find anything on this trip, but I did notice that there are FOUR […]

You don’t go to the post office at 6 a.m. for just any card 

Yesterday I posted about my 1933 Goudey Jim Bottomley card that arrived in the mail.  There should have been a second card as part of that mail day, but no one was home to sign for it. So the postman left a note saying so could pick up the item anytime after 6 a.m. the […]

Mail Day: Don’t ship graded cards in PWEs …

I was elated to learn via the eBay app that I had received a package in the mail today, one of the vintage grades cards I recently bought off the site. When I got home I found this …     … A PWE (plain white envelope) containing a rigid item — which was obviously my […]

The Final Word: Last Beckett Column Published

I didn’t plan it this way, but if I was going to pick the subject of my final Beckett Baseball column it definitely would have been about thrift shopping. Thrifting is the subject of my current column, which is on newsstands now in Beckett Baseball Issue #116, which features likely AL MVP Josh Donaldson on […]

Two-time MLB Triple Crown Winner Rogers Hornsby added to the ‘Icons collection

This hobby is funny.  So many of us get caught up in the day-to-day grind of buying packs and looking for the good stuff, only to put stacks of cards away with the idea that we will sort them later. And we all know that rarely gets done as planned. I’m now in the midst […]

Thrift Treasures 97: A 92-year-old treasure from Treasure Island (San Francisco)

For years I had been hearing about a flea market on “Treasure Island,” which is a former Naval base located in the San Francisco Bay between the cities of San Francisco and Oakland.  The family and I finally made our way up there and while the sports items are scant, I did manage to find […]

Baby born at San Diego’s Petco Park the second coming of “Prince?”

Earlier this week there was a child born at San Diego’s Petco Park, the first to have come into the world at the Padres’ home stadium. Surely this is not the first kid to be born at a stadium, but there was once a baseball player/entertainer who claimed to have been born in the same […]

A trip to LCS for supplies leads to purchase of vintage rookies

So earlier today I was taking pictures of some autographs in my collection and noticed that I still needed about 30 single-screw cases for a project I’m working on.  So I headed to the LCS to buy these …    Well, I had about 20 minutes to spare and the shop owner tells me he […]

Thrift Treasures 96: Vintage Gaylord and ‘Blue Moon’

I love me some thrift store baggie’s full of cards.  I love it even more when at least one of the cards is already in some sort of protector. Such was the case earlier this week when I saw this:  I immediate saw this and snatched it off the leg hook. I recognized that as […]

Thrift Treasures 95: the HOF Class of 2015

When it comes to buying cards at thrift stores, sometimes you have to throw logic out the window and buy things based on principle. To understand what I mean all you have to do is look at this post. Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson and John Smoltz were three of the four players elected into the […]

It took me 22 years to notice …

If you’re a collector in your 30s or older, you remember the rage of autographed multi-sport releases from the early 1990s. Classic, makers of games and cards, was a major player in the college and draft pick scene at the time and from 1991-1993 it produced a set called Four Sport. Essentially the set was […]

Thrift Treasures 94: You won’t find that in a box of Chrome

Technically there are lots of things you won’t find in a box of Topps Chrome baseball.  But today I was out this morning looking for Topps Chrome retail blasters and couldn’t find any. So I decided to stop into one of my local thrift stores. They had a few bags of cards but none that […]

Rookie Card Upgrade 7: 1961 Topps Billy Williams

About 18 months ago I acquired a few PSA grades HOF rookie cards for what was a good deal at the time.  Among the cards was this 1961 Topps Billy Williams PSA 3.   It’s a good looking card with decent centering.  The funny thing is I wasn’t really looking to upgrade this card.  But […]

What’s good for the Goose …

I like autographs. Who doesn’t.  I also appreciate when autographs on well-designed cards show up in our hobby.  Like many others I like to gather autographs of Hall of Famers.  I have many of the same guys you likely do too, none of the super rare guys who are deceased.   Well, Goose Goossage was elected […]

Thrift Treasures 93: The Topps Collectors Album (binder)

Many years ago Topps released a collector’s kit which included a car collector’s album (really a three-run binder) along with some sheets. I always wanted to own one as a kid but never had a chance to acquire one.    About two years ago I ran across one in an antique store and it had […]

Thrift Treasures 92: A baggie to DYE for …

Have you ever wondered how prevailing autographs and game-used cards are in our hobby? Well, they are so prevalent now that I occasionally find them at thrift stores.    Over the last year or so I have managed to unearth a few certified autos and GU cards in baggies just like the one pictured above. […]

Look at that girl with the Daisy Dukes on …

Long before the 69 Boyz made this smash hit “Daisy Dukes,” a classic song from the 90s celebrating women wearing short shorts, there actually was Daisy Duke — the television character for whom the shorts were named.   Catherine Bach played the iconic character on the television show “The Dukes of Hazzard.” This show was a […]