Tuesday, March 24, 2015

March Urbandale Card Show

This past Sunday was the third Sunday of the month, so that means it's time for the monthly Urbandale American Legion card show. With 70+ degree temperatures and generally gorgeous weather, this month's show was very well attended, both from a dealer's standpoint and as far as the number of collectors in attendance.
The nickel and dime boxes were definitely out in force, so it was a no-brainer to pick up these San Diego Padres cards - a 1995 Topps Embossed Andy Benes (#40), Bip Roberts (#57) and Joey Hamilton (#87), 2000 Stadium Club Trevor Hoffman (#18), 2002 Topps Reserve Xavier Nady (#31), and 2003 Donruss Champions Sean Burroughs (#220).

And then there was this bunch of 2000 Pacific cards, which included Wally Joyner (#367), Andy Ashby (#361), Ben Davis (#362), Ruben Rivera (#372), and Sterling Hitchcock (#364). If you know of my love for minor league cards, then you also know I couldn't pass up this 1992 Waterloo Diamonds Fleer/Procards Shawn Robertson (#2154). Signed as a free agent by the Padres in 1991, he only played two seasons of minor league ball, in Spokane of the Northwest League (Low-A ball) and in 1992 with Waterloo (Class A). After that, he appears to have fallen off the face of the earth.
I also picked up these 1995 Stadium Club Andy Benes (#26), 2001 Bowman's Best Sean Burroughs (#129), Mat Latos (#50), 2011 Bowman Platinum Bold (#50) Stadium Club Members Only Parallel Dustin Hermanson (#107), 1997 Pinnacle Jason Thompson (#180), and 2001 Upper Deck Vintage Ryan Klesko (#289).

While I've only picked up one or two packs of 2015 Topps cards, I have yet to pull any Padres cards. Fortunately, I was able to find seven 2015 Topps cards, which included Yonder Alonso (#99), Yasmani Grandal (#338), Rene Rivera (#3), Jesse Hahn (#145), Everth Cabrera (#28), and Carlos Quentin (#32). I also grabbed a 2015 Topps team card, as well. Of these six cards, only half - Alonso, Hahn and Quentin are still with the club - everyone else has been traded to make up the new-look 2015 Friars.

Even though I wasn't able to attend last month's show, Myron, one of my favorite dealers was still looking out for me and had these Padres cards set aside for me, as well as a few team sets. I was more than happy to find these gorgeous Tony Gwynss, which included a 1991 Topps Cracker Jack I (#36), 1998 Revolution Showstoppers (#35), and a 2015 Donruss Tony Gwynn Tribute (#2), as well as2013 Pinnacle Artist's Proof Jedd Gyorko (#187), 2014 Bowman Platinum Toolsy Die-Cuts Austin Hedges (#TDCAH), and a 2014 Bowman Chrome Prospects Autographs Jose Urena (#BCAPJUR) of his hands.
He also had a1993 Upper Deck 28-card team set and a 1994 Collector's Choice 19-card team set put aside for me.


  1. Now that Austin Hedges has made his MLB debut, I'm transferring his Padre uniformed cards from the minor league binder to the major league binder. That die cut is pretty cool! Also a big fan of those two team sets you picked up, those two remind me the most of my collecting childhood.

  2. Oh, and I forgot that the 2015 Topps Series 1 checklist for the Padres is SO out of date, because now Hahn AND Quentin are gone, Alonso is the only one of the sextet that is left!