Monday, August 16, 2010

So, What Did I Buy at The National? #NSCC

This was my fifth National and the second in a row that I have traveled for. Traveling expenses obviously detract from what you can spend money on once you get to the show floor but I've found that the experience itself, of attending, far exceed anything cardboard tangible I could take home with me. However, I went with a very targeted list and was glad to come away with some nice pieces. So first my list.

1) Cal Ripken oddball and/or regional items

2) A box of Press Pass Fusion for under $50

3) Frank Thomas signed baseball under $75

4) 1973 Mike Schmidt RC in VG/EX+ or better for under $50

1) Cal Ripken Commemorative Hall of Fame Edition Book "Ripken: From Aberdeen to Cooperstown- A Celebration of a Hometown Hero" $10

2) Cal Ripken Print- The picture doesn't do this piece justice. It meaures 12" x 6" and is going to look great in a frame. $10

3) 1973 Topps Mike Schmidt RC VG/EX $45. I am in the process of building the 1970, 1973, and 1975 Topps sets and this is one of the last Star/RC cards I needed. A bit miscut but no creases, corner or edge wear.

4) Nolan Ryan Isaly's Restaurant Disc. Made by MSA (Michael Schecter Associates) for numerous restaurants in 1976 this oddity displays the MLB logo of the ERA but noticeably absent is the California Angel's log from Ryan's cap. A nice inexpensive oddball item. $3

5) 1976 Topps Mini Bobby Orr (Possible Test Set?) $5

6) Frank Thomas signed baseball w/ PSA/DNA COA $60

7) Press Pass Fusion Box $49- Pretty uneventful but I am a sucker for multi-sport products and knowing all autographs are on card is a major plus. There is some pretty major autos to be had in this product so at $49 it was a good gamble. I lost, pulling Stephen Curry and a stupid redemption for Wayne Ellington but oh well.

8) Topps VIP Exclusive Cal Ripken Jr & Nolan Ryan $10. I had to have them for my player collections.

9) The Bullpen Gospels By Dirk Hayhurst who was signing copies at the Freedom Cardboard booth $15

Total Spent . . . $217.

Overall, I think I did pretty good. I got everything on my list and some extra loot to boot. I also got some free stuff too but I'll save that for another post.


Daniel Wilson said...

Nice pickups! Always nice to cross off everything on a list!

Charles @ Hoopography said...

Nice stuff, The Bullpen Gospels looks like it would be an awesome read. Sweet Frank Thomas auto!!!

night owl said...

Of course, I call that the Ron Cey second-year card. And I still have to get myself one.

Rob- AKA "VOTC" said...

nite owl- of course you do. LOL

Sal said...

The Bobby Orr is part of an insert set, not a test issue. There are 22 cards in that set.

$5 is a hell of a deal, though.

Many dealers try to get "book value" ($20-ish) for it whenever I want to buy one.

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