This time I dropped just $25 on two purchases ($20 and $5) without spending more than $1 on any given card. First up was a nice pile of dollar stuff with some mixed in $0.50 and five-for-$1 cards. Before I left I also took up a dealer on a seven-for-$5 offer. I netted a ton of stuff that I eventually threw into Christmas cards packages for many of you, including a nice number of hits. But I came home with a few things for myself as well:
Barry Larkin 1997 Denny's Holograms
Barry Larkin 2000 MLB Showdown 1st Edition Foil
Two new Larkins for his PC, giving me a grand total of 228. First up is a '97 Denny's hologram-type card produced by Denny's. While I can't recommend their awful food (what can I say, I'm not a drunk), those cards are pretty cool. Next is a Foil insert of Barry from the 2000 MLB Showdown collectible card game. These aren't worth as much as they used to be, but I don't really care because I didn't pick it up to sell it--I got it because it's SHINY.
Next I found a pair of Michigan football rookies:
Ty Law 1995 SP RC
Here's New England's first-rounder from 1995, CB Ty Law. A five-time Pro-Bowler and three-time Super Bowl champ who finished his career in 2009 with 53 interceptions and seven TDs, I think Ty has a nice shot at the Hall. Here's his first entry in the rookie collection on a lovely '95 SP RC.
David Terrell 2001 Bowman Chrome RC (#1374/1999)
I've got lots more Terrell RCs to scan, but this is just the second I've gotten to so far. I can't say much for the centering, but it's still pretty cool to me that the "base" RC is essentially a Refractor and is numbered to 1999.
Did somebody say "hockey?" Because the rest of this post is hockey:
I was pretty surprised to dig this Shields insert out of the 5/$1 box. From the '97-'98 Donruss Canadian Ice set, the card describes how Steve took over for the injured Dominik Hasek during the playoffs in '97. That was a tall order, and proved to be a bit too tall, actually, as he got them over the hump in the first round but went 1-4 against the Cup-bound Flyers. Still, it's pretty cool that he got a highlight card in this set, and it's even serial-numbered to 2000!
And here's an even more familiar goalie, who sadly also didn't ever find postseason success, going 21-26. Oh well, I guess he'll just have to comfort himself with those two NCAA national titles. Anyway, this was also a bit of a surprise in one of the boxes, and as the UD "ICE" brand implies, it's semi-transparent, which makes it look very cool. I don't have enough interesting hockey rookies to start an album for them (yet, at least), but this is totally worth highlighting anyway.
And speaking of Turco, I found a couple more cards of his for $1 apiece:
Marty Turco 2000-01 Topps Premier Plus Game Pieces jersey
Marty Turco 2003-04 Pacific Calder jersey (#131/200)
The Pacific card is my favorite of the two, and for some reason that design works for me. Maybe it's something about the color combination, I don't know. The swatch is also larger and more interesting, plus it's got the serial-numbering going for it. The Topps card does have a pretty cool photo and background, though. These two bring my Turco hits collection up to 26, giving him a three-card lead over second-best in the hockey PC, Brendan Morrison.
Now that I've finally caught up on that, stay tuned for at least one trade post, a couple eBay scores, and lots and lots (AND LOTS) of COMC stuff!