Truth be told, I did not enjoy the 2013 National as much as I enjoyed the 2011 National.This was because I had less money to spend this time around. However, there was far less hockey this time around too. So, I had less to spend — and less to spend it on. I couldn’t be impulsive and had to carefully weight anybig purchases, but I dug around and still found a few treasures for bargain prices.
This Team Pinnacle card of Chris Chelios was an absolute steal for a quarter. I always find this card from dealers who want $10 for it. I figured that sooner or later, I’d find it for a better price. Mission accomplished. (I found one of Bill Ranford too for the same price).
One dealer, who specialized in football cards, had a box that said “Anything in this box for $1.00.” I looked inside and found a complete set of 1994-95 Fleer Ultra All-Rookie insert cards. These have foil lettering and are printed on clear plastic. Finding a whole 10-card insert set for $1.00 is a good deal,
So I kept digging in that box of mostly football and found this:
Do not adjust your computer monitors. This is indeed a baseball card — and it is much larger than the other cards. I found the complete 60-card set of 1985 Topps Super Baseball. These cards measure 5″ x 7″. Though I am a die-hard hockey fan, it was 1985 Topps Baseball cards that got me into sports. The set was only $8.
This “Blue Mirror Parallel” 2010-11 Certified card of Stan Mikita is numbered 1/100. This card is for my “1 in a…” collection, where I try to get any serial-numbered card where the first number is 1 (be it 1/1, 1/2, 1/5000, etc.).
This card was FREE. I found it at the bottom of the “goodie bag” that VIP attendees got at the National. Beckett made cards reprinting a magazine from each sport. I was lucky enough to get the Beckett Hockey Magazine card, instead of a different sport.
I picked up seven cards from the 1964-65 Topps “Tall Boys” Hockey set. Six of the cards were commons. The Pit Martin card you see here is not a common, as it is the first card in the set and a rookie card. The high book is $125. I got it for $25, which is 20% of book price. Like I said many times over, deals can be had if you are patient and know where to look.
Unfortunately, this Dale Balon card was the only 1963-64 Parkie that I could find at the show, so I did not make much progress on this set (more on this here).
It is exciting to find hockey cards that I do not know anything about. One dealer had a complete set of 1997 Pinnacle Mario Lemieux Moments trading cards — a set I had no prior knowledge of. He wanted $7 for a complete 18-card set, which also included 17 unopened packs. But the dealer ended up “throwing in” the set and packs because I bought some other items from him.
While I wish I had more funds, I honestly don’t think there would have been too much more that I would have purchased, other than a few more of those 196-65 Tall Boys.
Oh, I did get a few other odd items, but I will save those for future blog posts.
I also got some unopened hockey boxes. I’ll post the breaks of those next week.
Check back tomorrow for a set review.