The owner likes to comment how I'm the only one he knows who actually mines the bid board non-winners for cards. The way I see it, it's a win-win situation -- I can get some decent cards (while being a cheap bastard), build up my Padres collection and then share the wealth with all my blogging buddies.
Such was the case over the past couple of weeks, as I picked up three shoe boxes full of cards in one visit and another two full boxes of cards from the non-winning bid board area just the other day.
Once I pulled all the San Diego Padres cards from these jam-full boxes o'cards, I was able to glean goodies such as a 1998 Kenner Starting Lineup Cards Sammy Sosa, a Barry Bonds and Rafael Palmeiro RC from the 1987 Topps "wood-grain" set, Craig Biggio RC (1989 Fleer), Manny Ramirez RC (1992 Upper Deck), and inserts like Mike Piazza's 1997 Collector's Choice Premier Power card (PP19).
Among the Padres niceties, were these bright yellow and brown unis from the 1980 Topps set. By the way, in a recent interview with Padres President Mike Dees in the February 2014 San Diego Magazine, he was asked it he was "planning to bring back the brown-and-yellow uniforms?" He said the team will wear them May 22-25, when they play the Chicago Cubs, to celebrate the Padres 1984 National League Championship. "Longer term than that?," he said, "We'll see."
For any set builders out there, I have quite a few cards from the following sets.
2005 Topps Rookie Cup Reprints
If any one's interested in any of these cards, please let me know. I'll be more than happy to pass them along.