Monday, August 8, 2016
Notes from the National- Part One: Inexplicable Things From a Quarter Box
It had been a year since I had been to a card show...and four years since I had been to the National, in Baltimore. I was home, after finishing a two-week job in Pittsburgh, and I was hungry.
And then...the National just happened to be an hour away from me. So...the outcome was inevitable.
With the help from a friend of my dad's, I secured some extra-swanky passes, and wound up driving down to Atlantic City. I was coming to gamble, alright...but not at the casinos.
Needless to say, by sticking with dime boxes, quarter bins and little things, I had a very nice day, snatching up set needs and going with tiny little idiosyncrasies. Over the course of the next few days, we're gonna talk about how I did. And I doubt I'll hold back.
This one I'm starting off with was actually my last bin of the day. I'm not necessarily going in order, here. Still, this one had a lot of recent inserts, and a lot of other random stuff. I'll say that this Jim Harbaugh First Pitch card from this year is not alone.
Of course, the best part of this dime boxes was the chance for me to track down some of one of my favorite insert sets from this year...
I'll run 'em down one-by-one.
Jeff Tweedy sings for Wilco, a band that is most definitely on my iPod, and a band whose new album I will definitely be buying once it comes out.
Not big on politics, but kind of glad George H.W. Bush is on a card, though I kind of thought he'd be a Rangers fan given his son and all.
JK Simmons was one of the ones I was looking forward to once the set was announced, aside from James Taylor (for my mom). Pretty great one, too.
Nina Agdal I know not only because she's beautiful, but because she rocked an episode of Whose Line last year.
Lea Thompson obviously is a favorite due to Back to the Future.
Kendrick Lamar...I don't listen to his stuff a whole lot, but the card was too good not to pass up at 10 cents.
Same with Tim McGraw. After two weeks in Pittsburgh I'd prefer to stay away from country music for a while, but I'm glad he threw one out, especially because of his former Met papa.
Jim Breuer I knew from Half Baked, his Joe Pesci impression on SNL, and his bitter ranting that he passes off as standup. Also, he's a huge Mets fan and this was a pretty cool one.
Edward Burns has been in everything, pretty much. Glad to see he's a Met fan too.
Of course...the crown jewel of these...is probably one of my favorite lead singers of all time...
The story of this vendor doesn't end at the dime bins. Right next to those were these complete insert sets. I normally don't venture into this territory, but some of them were ones from sets like Heritage and Gypsy Queen from this year, ones I only nabbed base cards from. And they were pretty damned cheap, too. So...three went into the bag.
Because I spent most of my time last year nabbing the set via a blaster, or a renegade JC order, I didn't nab a great deal of 2015 Stadium Club. Well, this box had a whole mess of SC for a quarter a pop. So...I couldn't resist.
Though, there was something pretty eye-opening...
SHORT PRINTS IN A QUARTER BOX!
Now, maybe the guy putting the bins together didn't really think too hard about it, but those are definitely short prints from 2014 Topps Update. Yes, the Joba Chamberlain I can MAAAYYYBEEE see in a 25 cent box, but...that's Gregory Polanco's rookie. The guy's having a great season and is a huge part of an okay Pirates squad. That is definitely something the guy didn't see. But...I still threw it in and went about my day.
I'll stop there and we'll pick this up tomorrow, but I'll say there is a ton more Stadium Club to come, and a few more dime bins as well.