I just realized that my RSS feeds were only showing excerpts. Sorry about that. I don’t know how that got changed. For anyone reading my blog via RSS feeds, they should now display the entire post correctly (including images if your reader supports that). Sorry for the mix up.
I had received a package from Johnny over at Cards from the Quarry last week amid my musings about the the card show and I neglected to post it at the time. Now that I have a minute and I’m not scanning things like a crazy person, I can show you this…
So, we’ve reached the end of my Tristar postings. If you hadn’t picked up on the fact that I bought a metric ton of baseball cards by now, this should probably do it. I present, my personal collection. Everything I bought at the show that’s not trade bait related. I’ll highlight a couple along the way, but for the most part, just enjoy the scans.
Also, please note that in order to save time, I just scanned entire binder pages. It was just easier. A lot of the cards are also bagged within the pages, so that’s why there’s weird wrinkle reflections on some of them. There are more hits in there as well, ones I didn’t highlight previously. I also included some random cards I had received previously, that just happened to be on my desk while I was putting the cards in the binder. So, if you see something I mentioned in a previous post, it’s most likely because it was on my desk and adding it to the pages made sense at the time. Enjoy.
Ok, so I’ve reversed the order a little. I figured it made more sense to post the really nice hits I got last weekend BEFORE I posted the entirety of the personal collection haul, just because it would make more sense to include the hits in the personal collection, rather than leaving them mysteriously out for some odd sense of blog drama.
I won’t blabber on endlessly on some rant about hits and jerseys and on-card versus sticker autographs or anything like that. I’d rather talk about the cards. Because they are awesome. At least to me. Let’s do this!
We’re getting closer to the hits. Can you feel it? Posts 4 and 5 are all about the personal collection. Well, technically post 6 is as well, but I’m saving the best for last.
One thing I found interesting, and still do, is that the concept of a “Rookie Card” has changed dramatically. I suppose part of it is due to the inclusion of parallels, refractors, numbered cards and the like. By including inherently rare sub-sets of cards, you make the normal rookie card less special and more ordinary. Bowman (via Topps) is the worst offender. People often talk about “collecting the rainbow” of a players Bowman card. There’s a regular version, a refractor, a “super fractor”, a blue, gold, orange, red and rare 1/1 canary yellow uberfractor (my word). The “regular card” isn’t worth squat. But that 1/1 canary yellow card? Those are worth a couple hundred bucks. Why? Perceived value? Rarity over common sense? If you put on some gloss and a really low serial number, does that somehow make it instantly worth something. Even if the player is NEVER going to reach the majors?