Actually, my family just got back from a long trip as my oldest son gets cancer screening every 3 months.
Everything went great again and I even got to stop at the card shop on the way home! Apparently, the shop had recently changed ownership and I was informed by the new owner that they were cleaning up and revamping the entire store.
It looked fantastic in there, compared to previous times that I went. I don't know if it's a typical card shop thing, where the floors are lined with unopned wax from wall to wall and lighting a match would surly start a bonfire within a matter of seconds.
Sparkling as the store was, there were two giant boxes of packs marked %50 off. I kept going back and forth between that table and the current wax products until I surrendered most ashamedly...
"Can I get two packs of uhhh....uhhhh.... 2012 Ginter and one pack of 12-13 Threads?"
I explained to the new store owner in a previous conversation about how I was pretty sick of all the 2012 product and I was looking for something different.
It's not often that I get to go to a card shop and over pay for stuff that's been out all year long! Lets make the most of this!!!!
Ok, Ginter is a solid product and Threads are a nice offering..... BUT THEY WERE 5 DOLLARS A PACK.
I blew it.
With the exception of maybe one pack entitled "Donruss Leather And Lumber" with a $7 price tag on it that I did manage to snag from that half-off table. This would be my only chance at redemption as my total came to $18.50.
My wife is going to kill me if I don't hit an auto or a relic. She's one of those who think I "got nothing" if there is no autograph. Her and I would be completely different types of collectors, if she were a collector at all.
Now, I've had some pretty nifty pulls at this card store. That is, back when it looked like a massively multi-player Jenga establishment.
Now that you can actually walk inside the store, I probably won't have any luck at all.
I'm not even going to embarrass myself further by showing the Ginter, but I did get a couple nice ones like a Mike Schmidt base and Ryne Sandberg "Highlight Sketches," as well as a Halladay "What's In A Name"
Ok, here they are anyways. I can't be that lazy can I?
So maybe I am secretly trying to put the 2012 Allen & Ginter set together. At least that's what I'm going to have to tell my self whenever I see these cards.
Not too shabby of a Threads product this year. Except for the fact that the pack was 5 bucks for 5 cards. I'm not sure why I thought I needed these. They just kind of remind me of an early 90's Upper Deck issue.
2005 Donruss Leather & Lumber as they saw off Pujols leg.
The prize of it all. This one kind of makes me feel like my other unjustified purchases were ok. I don't know how I feel about the design of this, but it's got a cool texture and is also numbered to 2000. It's Tony Gwynn too!
My next couple of posts will be in regards of trade package's among other things and not about failed card shopping attempts.
I'm happy all in all though. Sometimes that's just the way the wind blows. Nothing compares to my sons being healthy and happy.
Ta Ta, and Good Night : )