During day two of The National, we spent the majority of our time visiting with old friends Robbie, Eric, Tracy, Sparty, Nick, Kevin and met up with the #FatPacks Beckett Radio crew. That’s not to say that I didn’t pick up a few cards along the way. :D.
Speaking of Boobie, he directed us to a particular table with cheap complete sets. At the table, I picked up a ’86 Sportflix set(needed one Twin), 2006 Fleer Ultra(needed a few…), a ’91 Topps(variation hunting), and this signed photo:
Before leaving his booth, I saw one card that was on my top-25 list to find for cheap.
1959 Topps #515 Harmon Killebrew
I’m not a stickler for condition, I’d much rather first finish off a team set then improve conditions. Sure, if I were a millionaire, I’d probably collect only PSA 10s. Thousandaire I’m not. :). Needless to say, for the price of four months of Netflix, I added this to the collection. Disregarding the fact that I need an ungraded Killebrew rookie, my Senators Topps team checklist is quickly diminishing. I’ve only got 1951, 1952, 1953 left.
Around this time Rich pulled us to a friend of his that had ‘vintage’ O-Pee-Chee. We’d previously discussed my 2017 want list – where I wanted to focus on OPC this year. Naturally this piqued my interest. Between these and the few that I’ve picked up earlier this year, I’ve probably met my goal. The vendor gifted us a poorer condition Tony Oliva, but otherwise here’s what I picked up from Rich’s friend:
A good variety here including a few non-OPC. Several of these being the first cards I’ve picked up for that year’s team set. To which I’ll pose a question for the comments/twitter: When do you add pages to a binder? Do you plan ahead and count out x per pages needed per year, or do you add as necessary(whether to add a year, or add more pages for that year)?
Between his booth and another, we stopped off at a ten cent booth and picked through a few boxes. Mostly 2016 Topps Heritage, Gypsy Queen and Allen & Ginter. A shame, I used to really love Ginter, but it’s fallen out of favor. :(.
As for the final booth of the day, on our way out near closing time we saw a vendor with vintage Bowman/Topps for under 10$ each. Here’s the spoils from the Bowman section:
1950 Bowman #144, #160, #162 – 1951 Bowman #95, #96
We discussed the ugly duckling 1943 MP & Co. set – which while ugly, I kinda like the cartoonish WWII-era set. Later this week I’d return to this same vendor and be shocked at the price of a damaged card. #NoSpoilers.
So that was day two at The National. Later that night we’d have a party with a few friends, get kicked out of a hotel room for being too loud(*COUGH MEL COUGH*), and otherwise have a great time chatting the night away. :). Day three soon!