I sifted through several dollar boxes when I went to The National.
Usually, I avoid these “haystacks,” as I call them, because going through them is time-consuming and you can easily burn through several hours if you stop every time you see a dime, quarter or dollar box.
But since I went all 5 days to The National, I had time on my side. I could spend an hour or two each day looking through such rummage boxes and still have plenty of time to do everything else (get autographs, wrapper redemption programs, etc.).
However, I make 3 rules when buying dollar cards:
- I do not even bother to look if the cards are not sorted by sport. If the dealer won’t make the effort to sort the cards by sport, I won’t reward him with my hard-earned dollars.
- I only buy the card if it is from a set I am building, a player that I collect, or a team I collect.
- Or the cards has to be something intriguing, or something that I haven’t seen before.
All right, enough preaching! Onto my awesome one-dollar finds!
9 Random Rookie Cards
2003-04 Topps Pristine Eric Staal RC (215 / 699)
2008-09 Artifacts Jordan Hendry RC (72 / 100)
2006-07 Fleer Ultra Shea Weber Gold RC
2009-10 Fleer Ultra Chris Durno RC
2009-10 Fleer Ultra John Scott Gold RC
2003-04 Pacific Invincible Joffrey Lupul RC
2009-10 Black Diamond Matt Hendricks and T.J. Galiardi Triple Diamond Rookie Gems
2008-09 Black Diamond Alex Goligoski Triple Diamond Rookie Gems.
2 1992-93 Bowman Foil Short Prints
Brett Hull and Phil Housley. One day, I will have all the short-print foil cards for this set.
2 1970-71 O-Pee-Chee
Tom Webster and Bobby Hull All-Star. I am slowly building this set. The Hull has a few moderate creases, but I really can’t complain since I paid a dollar for it.
5 2010-11 Artifacts Short Prints
Rule the school! I found five short-prints from the 2010-11 Artifacts set for a buck apiece: Mike Richards (504 / 999) and Steven Stamkos (834 / 999) Star cards; Jean Beliveau (896 / 999) Legends card; Brandon Yip (806 / 999) Artifacts Rookie; and Phillip Larsen (393 / 699) Redemption Rookie.
3 2006-07 Parkhurst Short Prints
Phil Esposito (3387 / 3999), Pierre Pilote (1708 / 3999) and Bill Gadsby (1887 / 3999).
4 1997-98 Upper Deck 3 Star Selects Inserts
Bryan Berard, Niklas Sundstrom, Steve Yzerman and Patrick Roy. I don’t even remember when I started collecting this insert set, but I still have a long way to go.
2002-03 Upper Deck Memorable Seasons SPs
Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe and Mario Lemieux. I’ve been picking up the 2002-03 Upper Deck set a card here and a card there over the past couple of years.
1 Chris Chelios Card
1997-98 Pacific Gold Crown Die-Cuts Chris Chelios. Another card for my “Chris Chelios Collection.”
2 2009-10 Black Diamond Quadruple Diamonds
Shiny cards of Joe Sakic and Bobby Hull (as a Whaler!)
1997-98 Donruss Studio Press Proofs
Sergei Berezin and Dino Ciccarelli. I love the Donruss Studio set, and figured that it was time that I track down all the inserts and parallels for it.
4 Topps Reprint Cards
Topps Chrome reprint of 1988-89 Patrick Roy, Topps Chrome reprint of 1973-74 Billy Smith RC, Topps Heritage reprint of 1957-58 Johnny Bucyk RC and Topps reprint of Brett Hull RC.
5 Random Cards
A Russian-made Sergei Fedorov card, some weird Donruss stamp card of Pavel Bure, a nice illustrated Upper Deck card of Mario Lemieux and Heroes and Prospects cards of Sidney Crosby and Guy Lafleur from their QMJHL days.
Going through dollar boxes can be a reward unto itself. You hope to find something great, or something that you need, and then experience a thrill when you find a card ou are looking for. Getting it for cheap is just icing on the cake.
2 thoughts on “I’d Buy THAT for a Dollar”
Hey Sal…if your still in on the mask design contest I got going on make sure you pass that along to me via email sometimes today because I'm announcing the winner tomorrow
More great pick-ups Sal.
I'm not much of a vintage collector so I spend most of my time going through the dollar boxes at the shows. I couldn't agree more that you have to have a plan before you start searching because you'll never know what you'll find.
One of the other things I look at before stopping at a table (beside being sorted by sport) is how the cards are stored. If all the cards are in toploaders or penny sleeves I'm good to go. If I see a lot of the cards have no protection I usually don't bother since they are usually all scratched up. There was a vendor at the National than had a ton of cards but they weren't protected so I made it through half a monster box before throwing in the towel due to the condition of the cards.