Sunday, January 26, 2014

Local bid board boxes o' cards

One of the things I enjoy from one of the local brick and mortar card shops in my area, is their bid board. Whether it's single cards, a 3- or 9-card sheet, or entire boxes, if they don't receive a single bid, they go into a special area, where you pay $2 apiece for them, or get three of those items for $5.

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."
While Donruss' Diamond King inserts have been rather hit or miss, at best, I do like the layout of this 2005 Diamond Kings Jay Payton. Up until a few weeks ago, I didn't have a single Greg Keagle card, until I picked up his 1995 Upper Deck Minors card. Now, I have this 1995 Topps RC to go along with it. A 6th round pick in the 1993 draft, he never actually made it to the Padres. When Andy Benes was sent to the Mariners in July 1995 for Marc Newfield and Ron Villone, Keagle was the player to be named later. He made his MLB debut with the Tigers in 1996 after being selected in the 1995 rule 5 draft from Seattle. And while Dustin Hermanson wasn't that great of a player for the Friars, I do like his 1995 SP Foil card.

For any set builders out there, I have quite a few cards from the following sets.

1979 Topps
1980 Topps
1987 Topps
1988 Donruss
1989 Donruss
1989 Topps
1990 Fleer
1990 Topps
1991 Fleer
1991 Score
1991 Topps
1992 Fleer
1992 Topps
1993 Topps
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.


  1. Maybe my Cubs will wear black arm bands for that series.

  2. Going through those "non-winners" would be a blast for me. Looks like you were able to get some nice cards on the cheap there! I love that SP Hermanson.

    Also, if you happen to have an extra '79 Topps Doyle Alexander (#442), I'd be interested.

  3. Stay classy, San Diego - wearing the '84 uni's to commemorate the 30 yr. anniversary of denying the Cubs a World Series bid. Mike Dee gets questions about bringing back the brown ALL THE TIME. I'd like to see if he actually does anything about it.

  4. I could use some 80 Topps. It is one of the next sets I would like to put together. I will have to see what I might be able to dig up Padres wise. We are heading to SD next month for a few days on vacation. Might be able to find something.

  5. I've actually got a list of '79's that I need and I'm also starting to work on the '80 set also. I'm sure I could hook you up with some Padres stuff in return. LMK if we can work a deal.

  6. I would definitely be interested in the 2005 Rookie Cup reprints. One of my goals this year was to finish that particular insert set. Let me know if you are interested in trading them.