May 28th Card Show

Even before the plane landed in Arlington, we were hearing news of big Twins collections being brought to the show on the next weekend. Word quickly traveled from vendor to vendor, to show coordinator to vendor to us. Heard it through the grapevine, for sure. I wanna apologize ahead of time, I didn’t realize the photos were so washed out… But what a Twins collection it was, nearly worthy of rivaling mine! Several 1985 Topps and Fleer Kirby Puckett rookies, a ton of 1990s parallels and inserts, and some oddball magazines and children’s sized Puckett glove:


But we’re all here for cards, right? Matt and I worked a trade(ongoing, I might add…) for a ton of 1980s Fleer Twins inserts, stickers, and some vintage:

1933 Goudey! The printing sheet was likely too wet when stacked, and you can visibly see the card fronts on the back of Mr. Russell. If you look hard enough, you can even make out the bottom “BIG LEAGUE CHEWING GUM” line for Mr. Burke’s card though not as blatant as Russell.

Blank back cards are easy enough to come by, but blank fronts are relatively rare! Well, maybe not for 1989 Topps… Still, a Kent Hrbek error card is always welcome into the collection.

Older in-person and through the mail autographs! Some of them in exceptional condition, some rare given player signing habits – or lack thereof(Allison). I have my similar autographs sorted alphabetically by player last name, and a few of these added new letter pages to my binder(Uhlaender, Versalles, Zimmerman) which is always nice!

Hometown-er Wayne Nordhagen received another misprint card for the binder with this 1981 Donruss card. Looks good all the way until you reach the Donruss logo in the corner. Always looking to add new cards here too!

Matt also hooked me up with a few of the remaining Kirby Puckett rookie cards that I needed. Two 1985 Topps stickers, a 1985 Fleer sticker, and a cutout sticker from the 1985 All-Star game hosted at the Metrodome. I’ve heard there’s some variations on the sticker backings, but one is enough for me, for now. #Research.

Back to the huge deal though, the vendor brought several binders and a few boxes to look through – letting me set aside any I’d want as later purchases. They said they’d bundle them into groupings of 10$, 20$, and the like for future shows – a very nice deal all things considered. There were a few things that I just couldn’t leave without, namely some oddball stuff:

But the big purchase, one that’s always eluded me, is the card below. Among the grouping of 1985 Fleer and Topps rookies in the collections box, there sat this card. I’ve been putting off picking one up because of the known fakes, but this one matched everything a real one is supposed to look like, and the original owner had the rest of the set minus Puckett and Roger Clemens. If that wasn’t a big enough clue, it’s from 1984 Fleer Update. U93? Still nothing? Check below. :D.









#1963, #1964, #1965, #1967, #1968, #1969, #1970, #1971, #1981, #1984, #1985, #1989, #card-show, #dave-winfield, #fleer-update, #jack-russell, #kent-hrbek, #kirby-puckett, #pickups, #robert-burke, #wayne-nordhagen

April 9th card show

Between card shows, card shops, and new releases, it’s been a busy time to be a collector in Dallas. The day after I pulled the previous post’s Babe Ruth card, there was yet another card show to attended – and of course show off the Ruth. Because who wouldn’t? The show started pretty slow, some interesting mis-cuts to look at, and then near the end of the show, I picked up a key Topps card for my Twins team set at quite a steal of a price!

So for starters we were greeted by Rich telling us a new dealer was here who had ALL the inserts anyone could want from the junk wax era til now. I was also warned by Matt about the same dealer that I could probably spend my entire show budget there. Well, they weren’t wrong! This dealer had rows and rows of cheap inserts, parallels for Topps, Donruss, Upper Deck, and a few other sets here and there. I ended up leaving with two Twins buybacks(1977 Craig Kusick, 1964 Jimmie Hall) from Heritage a few years back, and a few parallel cards #/2012, 2013, and 2014. I had to resist the urge to spend more, as the guy had a ton that the next time he comes up for a show I’ll have a better checklist hopefully to cross off some parallel Twins.

After checking out his booth, I headed over to Matt and Rich’s area to chat. They were talking about some miscuts that Rich found for Matt’s collection, and I posted several of which on Twitter(here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11).

CftchFtUUAAamy1But one in particular caught my attention, it was the above high series 1968 Topps sideways facing card with a forearm and the letters “E” near the bottom.

Cftc3D0UMAETuN3The back though was the big give away for me – it has the heading for the next card on the sheet, “SUPER STARS”. For those who haven’t clued in, one of the only high series cards with that heading is #490, Harmon Killebrew, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle. Checking COMC, the forearm and jersey match Mantle on the front as well as the position of the “E”. Without a shadow of a doubt, this was the next card on the sheet sharing a mis-cut border with Bill Freehan on front.

Finally, at the end of the show I went to Kyle’s booth to see if he still had his Rod Carew rookie. For the most part, the only cards missing on the Twins checklist are high-series #500s or above. Rod Carew’s rookie is no exception, #569 was one of three that I was missing for the 1967 team set, and this is the beautiful card takes it off my list:


The corners aren’t super sharp, and there’s the TINIEST hint of a crease on the front. However it’s shape fits in line with the rest of my Twins, if it’s not better!

So he checked the average prices on ebay, and asked how I wanted to do this: negotiation, back and forth, or straight forward here’s a price. I’m not one to barter, and I knew I didn’t have much he’d want, so I told him that I’m a huge Twins collector and I’m not gonna fight over price. Either yours is the one I’ll add to my binder or not. So when he said 40$ I couldn’t whip out my paypal password fast enough. Ebay prices have it averaging between 80$-120$ for similar or worse conditioned cards. Yet another steal for the Twins collection. With Harmon Killebrew’s 1955 Topps, Rod Carew’s 1967 Topps, and Kirby Puckett’s 1985 Topps/Topps Tiffany/O-Pee-Chee/Leaf/Donruss/Fleer out of the way, only Harmon Killebrew’s 1955 Topps Double-Header and Kirby Puckett’s 1984 Fleer Update remain as expensive, main additions. Not too shabby.

#1967, #1968, #harmon-killebrew, #mickey-mantle, #miscuts, #rant, #rod-carew, #topps, #willie-mays