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Card Show Pickups:March 11, 2012

Updated on March 12, 2012

Card Show Pickups – 3-11-12

As a dealer myself at this particular show, I didn’t actually shop the way I usually do. I like to go through every single card I can – you never know what you’re going to find. But I had to play it differently at this show. Sales were slow, so I didn’t want to spend a great deal of money, but I love to trade and while I do trade on value – I also trade based on my knowledge of my customers.

What I Bought

To be honest, I didn’t buy much. One dealer had brought an enormous amount of ten cent and fifty cent cards. From that I bought a 1994 Clear Assets Nolan Ryan phone card. Yeah it’s silly but Nolan Ryan sells and this is an odd card to find. It isn’t worth much but I know it will sell as soon as I put it out.

A 1971 Topps 6th Series Checklist It’s not marked, it’s a semi-high number, and the condition was really nice for a 71 Topps card and for 50cents it was a steal. That should go fast. I also picked up a 1971 Topps Billy Martin card in really nice shape. It will sell but it isn’t expensive. I just know people look for better condition 1971 cards sine they are difficult to find

At ten cents each, I bought five 2001 Topps Gold commons. They book around $5 each and they move in online auctions really well. In 2001, which is the first year they were issued, they were difficult to pull. In later years they were every 4 packs but these were 1:17 packs or 2 per box. They should go pretty easily either online or right in one of the boxes.

Various late 60’s-early 70’s Mets cards. I have many buyers for these cards no matter what condition they are in. Again at ten cents apiece, they will go fast. Think Jerry Grote, Cleon Jones and Tommie Agee type stuff. It’s not expensive but if you could turn a dime into a dollar – wouldn’t you do that every single time???

For fifty cents I found a 1978 Wiffle Ball Thurman Munson. I live in New York where Munson is considered a Yankee Legend (he was a great player by the way – and I’m a Mets fan). I get asked for Munson cards all day long but this is a really strange card as it was cut off a Wiffle ball package in 1978. I actually have George Brett and now I have Munson. I’m sure the first person who sees it will buy it. As the older collectors who were into Mantle, Ford and Berra move away from New York, the next line of Yankees fans have spoken about who they want to collect – Thurman Munson, Reggie Jackson, Ron Guidry, Goose Gossage and then Don Mattingly.

That was about $4.00 spent…

From another dealer, I picked up a small Peanuts set for fifty cents that I haven’t researched yet and for another fifty cents a 2001 American Pie JFK/Berlin Wall Relic. I put the Berlin Wall Relic on my table at $15.00 not knowing what it was worth (it books for $30).

What I Traded For:

This was interesting. I had with me a Batista autograph (the WWE Wrestler) which I valued at $15 and traded to another dealer who is a huge wrestling fan. I got in that deal a 1964 Topps Duke Snider, a 1957 Topps Jim Hegan and 2 1955 Bowman commons that I didn’t realize were in awful shape. Even so, they will sell for $1 apiece. The Topps Duke Snider will sell in the $15-$20 range. The Hegan card, which is in beautiful condition, will sell in the $5-$10 range. I was happy with this trade since I wasn’t expecting it, and I know I got cards I can sell.

Trade #2 was trickier. This dealer I always trade with. I bring my own dime boxes which he loves to trade me for. I love vintage cards so he that’s what he trades me. I think he’s crazy but he’s not a vintage guy. So he wanted a full 5000 count dime box and a 2-row shoebox dime box. He also wanted a 2008 Ballpark Collection Jeter/Cabrera jersey card which books at $15, the Berlin wall relic which I spent fifty cents on and a pack of 10 2012 Topps giveaway cards that I was selling. They sell really well online but they come free in packs so I wasn’t a bit worried about including them in the deal.

I got a 1959 Topps Billy Martin (valued at $20 in its condition), 1961 Fleer Rogers Hornsby (valued at $10 in great condition), 1977 Topps Cloth sticker Mike Schmidt (valued at $10) and 1971 Topps Nolan Ryan in the best non-graded condition I’ve ever seen (still has minor issues on the left edge) valued at $120.

How do I say “No” to that. The Jeter card I bought for $5 a few months back, the Berlin Wall card I bought for fifty cents from a dealer before the show, the Giveaway cards are free and the dime boxes are just accumulated stuff I can’t sell any other way. Is it worth anything? Sure it is but if I don’t bring it, it’s just stuff sitting in my attic.

I have several vintage collectors who will enjoy the vintage stuff I picked up in these trades. Even the Hegan card, which is a common, is in great condition and should sell to my “fifties” collector.

What Happened at the Previous Show:

I was working at another show last week when a guy walked up and started asking me questions about different aspects of card collecting. I could see he had some stuff with him to sell or trade and I’m always ok with that. I don’t buy much this way but I don’t mind trading. He had pulled an Allen & Ginter Presidential Cut of Benjamin Harrison which he planned to auction off (even Presidential nobodies are expensive). He has some other stuff that I wasn’t thrilled with the condition on but then he showed me a 1952 Wheaties Ted Williams that is in beautiful shape. It looks too good to be true, but I took it out and inspected it. I’ve also not seen Wheaties reprints in my life as a baseball card collector. I had these before and they usually had extensive damage. One, you had to cut it off a cereal box so the card usually creased while cutting. The face yellowed easily and of course, most people can’t cut very well. This card was cut fairly well but by no means perfect, but it has no creases or visible signs of wear. The guide in NM condition is $100. In this condition it’s actually NM-MT+ so it’s valued at $300. What got me was that this guy was very interested in my football cards. I don’t buy football cards unless they cost me a dime – I’m not kidding. I got out of football cards 2 years ago. Anything I have now, I ddn’t spend significant money on. Knowing this I offered him about 10 great football cards – yes that cost me a $1 total and a football lot of cards I had put together that amounted to another $4 spent. So this great football lot cost me about $5. It was valued fairly high though since the 10 great cards were all super low-numbered cards – Fred Belitnikoff 1/5, Jerry Rice out of 25, Jeremy Maclin out of 25, a couple of stars numbered out of 10 or 15. Cool stuff, certainly carrying a lot of value – but stuff I got out of someone else’s dime box. I happily traded all of it for the Ted Williams and he was thrilled to start a nice football collection.

Anytime someone wants to trade you vintage cards for new – take it. For me this was trading new football cards for old baseball – I’ll do that all day long……

I hope you enjoyed the recap.



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      dblyn 6 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      Following up on this story, I have to admit that almost every vintage card I traded for at the first show has already been sold except for the 2 Billy Martin cards. That turned out to be a great show...

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