It was something out of fantasy.
Something out of a science fiction dream of yore.
Something that I'd heard legends of but never witnessed myself.
And yet...there they were...sitting next to the stacks of sleeved dime box cards I'd just skimmed.
5 cent bins. 20 for a dollar bins.
Now, to fully explain what made these specific nickel bins so great.
This is the Philly Show. At the Philly Show, you can very easily run into junk wax rolled off for cheap. You can run into a lot of 1991-era products, a lot of Nomar Garciaparra, and a lot of stuff that more people don't specifically want. I'd seen a bit of this during my time at this specific Philly Show before heading to this specific table.
Which is why I am happy to report that these nickel bins were made up of several sets that you rarely find in DIME bins. A guy next to me was thumbing through a glut of 1978 Topps commons. You don't usually get those for a dime. A lot of these boxes had a ton of products from the mid-2000s, which is a RARE feat for any card show vendor. I feel like the guy must have broken some 2005-era product before the show.
And there was also some well-curated 90s stuff, like this 1995 Stadium Club Juan-Gone, which goes right into my 95SC set.
And it works in the horizontals, too. I have no idea how I hadn't seen that Pedro.
I'd been looking for this card for a while. Solely because it's one of the few depictions we have of Kenny Lofton's very brief stint in Pittsburgh. How it ended up on an SPx card i have no idea, but it ended up in that nickel box.
How do you top that? Well...
This is how.
This is ANOTHER card I've been looking for since I learned of its existence. Because...COME ON. Tim Raines on a team that didn't even exist when he came into the league? I gotta have that. He actually looks pretty strong on this one, too. For one of the man's final releases, I'm glad it does him justice.
But to talk about this vendor for a moment- good conversationalist. I don't talk much when I browse dime boxes. I'll say the occasional 'nice selection', or whatever, but I'm a very awkward person, and I usually focus. But this guy engaged in conversation with me a few times, and he was incredibly nice, and good to talk to. You don't get personalities behind card show tables. At least not good ones.
A lot of the same demographic as the last guy, too. mid-2000s stuff, which is welcome, with some late 90s as well. I hadn't seen much of 2005 Flair, so getting a new Thome from there was a good sign.
Lots...of different...kinds...of Rickey.
All for 10 cents. So I was sold.
These three are guys I never pull cards of. Larry Doby maybe a little more than the other 2, but...Dizzy Dean's rarely in modern products, and most younger collectors have never heard of Gabby Hartnett. And yet here they are, representing their storied careers in 10-cent bins. That just makes sense.
I had a blast at the Philly Show this year, and I'm very happy with my haul. A show of this magnitude means I'll be looking forward to the next one in March. Hopefully some of these same dealers will be back, and hopefully they'll be prepared.