Sunday, August 8, 2010

National Treasures, or what I blew $40 on at the National

I have returned from a day in Baltimore. The show was nice. It was a lot bigger than I expected, but it didn't overwhelm me. After a while, I forgot which aisles I'd been down, and which aisles I hadn't. But it was still a good show, and I got some cool cards out of it.

I got a bunch of Chicle. I'll show you my findings organized by artist-

Branch- Nate McLouth, Kevin Kouzmanoff, David DeJesus, Luis Castillo, Stephen Drew
Felix- Andre Ethier, Zach Duke
Zachowski-Rick Ankiel, Mark Rzep...Rzep...Mark Spellcheck, Kurt Suzuki
Kong- Neftali Feliz, Dan Haren, Clay Kershaw
Kupka- Robin Yount, Erick Aybar, Matt Cain
Farr- Adam Lind, Carlos Lee, Ryan Ludwick
Lempa- Eddie Matthews, Eddie Murray, Ozzie Smith, Luis Durango, Bobby Abreu, Nelson Cruz
Hobrecht- Michael Saunders, Rich Harden, Victor Martinez, Carl Crawford, Aaron Hill, Russell Martin, Johnny Damon
Henderson- Luis Aparicio, Jholys Chacin, Michael Bowden, Miguel Tejada, Jason Kubel, Scott Feldman
Higgins- Richie Ashburn, Mat Gamel, Ian Stewart, Eric Young Jr, Jorge Cantu, Jacoby Ellisbury, Jason Bay, Kendry Morales
Sheldon- Ryne Sandberg, Stan Musial, Rogers Hornsby, Juan Marischal, Orlando Cepeda, Chad Billingsley, John Maine
Davies- Joe Morgan, Dennis Eckersley, Billy Butler, Jonathan Papelbon, Chris Young, Matt Kemp.

I came across a dealer with assorted canvas-type sets (Diamond Kings, Masterpieces)-

2002 Diamond Kings-Craig Biggio, Rickey Henderson, Barry Zito, Paul LoDuca, Roberto Alomar, Pat Burrell, Bobby Abreu, Rafael Palmiero, Pedro Martinez
2003 Diamond Kings- Edgar Martinez, Mark Buherle, Derek Jeter, Roger Clemens.
2004 Diamon Kings- Jim Edmonds, Hideo Nomo, Edgar Martinez, Carlos Beltran
2007 Bowman Heritage Chrome- Mike Piazza
2008 Masterpieces- Eric Chavez, Randy Johnson, Carlos Beltran, Harmon Killebrew
Rookies- 2004 Topps Zach Grienke, 20o5 Topps Felix Hernandez

And one dealer had some assorted vintage-

1970- Juan Marichal
1974- Gaylord Perry
1975- Gaylord Perry, Don Sutton
1976- Johnny Bench, Gaylord Perry, Tony Perez
1977- Brooks Robinson, Steve Carton, Phil Niekro
1978- Jim Palmer, Lou Brock, Robin Yount
1979- Eddi Murray
1980- George Brett
1981- Harold Baines Rookie
1982- Lee Smith Rookie
1983- Nolan Ryan

I didn't get much, mainly because the Chicle was so pricy. Still, pretty damn impressive show.

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