… and the Big Bang.
If you read the last post, you know it was about a little garage sale bust and a nice small find. Today’s post is about much, much more than that.
Because I went back to the garage sale.
And there was a much bigger score waiting for me this time.
I had to wait around a few minutes, as the only cards they’d found when I arrived were some factory sets of ’88 Score, ’89 Score, and ’90 Fleer.
But then, out came a box with these seven boxes inside. One is a partial set of ’81 Topps, another is a partial set of ’74 Topps. One was marked “Nolan Ryan Sets” and three more are marked 80/84 Topps, 79 OPC/74 Topps/74 Traded, and the one that got me really excited: 68T, 64T, 72T, 74T. One last box was marked the mysterious “miscellaneous.”
After a quick rifle through a few sections that revealed the stars were pulled and there are a fair amount of duplicates, we came to an agreed price and I giddily drove home with my purchase. Here’s a quick breakdown of what the contents look like.
Box one is split about with about two-fifths 1980 Topps and three-fifths 1984 Topps.
- Sixteen 1988 Topps Todd Benzinger
- Twenty-three 1988 Topps Matt Nokes AS
- Thirty-seven 1987 Topps Eric Davis
- Thirty-seven 1987 Topps Wally Joyner
- Fifty 1988 Topps Kurt Stillwell
- 150! 1988 Donruss Kurt Stillwell
- 196!!! 1987 Topps Cory Snyder
- 1983 Topps All-Star glossies
- 1987 Fleer World Series highlights
- Some of the USA Team from 1985 Topps
- 1987 Fleer Star Stickers
- Assorted Fleer team stickers from 1988, I think. These were being used as dividers.
- Misc. 80’s semi-stars.
- 1982 Donruss Diamond Kings
- About three dozen 1988 Fleer
- Three 1983 Topps Super Veterans and a George Brett All-Star
- Assorted Donruss Diamond King puzzle pieces – mostly Stan Musial and Roberto Clemente.
The family still has the higher-end cards and possibly more boxes to come, and some autographed stuff. I’m going to stay in touch with them to see what’s available. I can’t afford to spend a lot on those sorts of things, but if some of my fellow bloggers are interested, perhaps we can arrange a multiple-party purchase of sorts.
I’ll keep you updated. Look forward to a few more posts to come on my discoveries, perhaps box-by-box, perhaps just some highlights.
0 Replies to “… and the Big Bang.”
If you come across any Pirates in the '64, '72, '73, or '79 OPC let me know.
Enjoy going through all those cards! It's pretty rare even to come across cards at estate/garage sales around here, let alone a find of that quality.
Mark, there are definitely some Buccos to spare. Unfortunately there's only one Gene Alley rookie in the 64 bunch, but there's plenty more here; I'm certain of that.
I'm working on completing 73 Topps, so if you're not planning on hanging onto all those, I could certainly send some Astros your way for some of them.
Just went through those tonight. I'll send a list of available dupes your way.
Nice pickups! Those look like a ton of fun to go through, especially the '64s and '68s.
I would be interested in any Red Sox you want to part with. Expecially if you have any 64s or 79 O-Pee-Chee.
Looks like you are primed and ready to bip people with Kurt Stillwell cards, if you know what that means.
I need Cal, Mattingly and Ryno from the green Fleer sticker stack.