Tuesday, December 16, 2014

12/6 card show report: Wolverines for $1 or less

A couple Saturdays ago I hit up the recent monthly show at the Taylor Town Trade Center in Taylor, Michigan, a place that's trying to fill the void left by the closing of Taylor's Gibraltar Trade Center.  As I've noted in the past it's much, much smaller than it used to be, but the dealers I've seen both times so far have had a pretty good selection, so I'm not complaining.  I've been able to get pretty good value by nabbing lots of cards for very little, so I'm really not complaining.

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!


  1. Hockey jerseys are the best. A lot less of a chance to get a plain white swatch. Glad you got some nice cards for a good deal.

    1. Yeah, that seems to be the case for some reason. Hockey jerseys must just be much more interesting than those from other sports. And yeah, the good deals carried over into the stuff I bought for others, including you.