The Great Topps Digital Trade And Sale List (Updated 07/25/2017)

This is very much a work in progress, but I am starting to inventory my Topps Digital cards, make them available in ways that are hopefully easier to parse than Trade Feed posts on the apps and the odd listing on an auction site, and also to do a clearer job of explaining what I’m not trading or selling. I’m just working on Bunt at the moment, though I have cards on all 8 Topps apps. If you’re interested in anything here, email me or comment on a post with your Topps Digital fan name, and I’ll get in touch. If you have any corrections to offer on the sets that any of the cards I have belong to (Topps Digital is a confusing place, so I am liable to make errors), feel free to get in touch about that, as well.

This post will be getting a permanent home on my sidebar, under “Stuff For Sale!”, so you don’t lose track of it when it falls off the home page.

As for pricing, either with trades or that filthy green stuff? Everything’s negotiable right now, and fairly reasonable. Inquire about what you’re interested in, and we’ll take things from there. I will do my best not to waste your time or mine, and to come up with something we’re both happy with.

A real quick guideline on what my highest trade priorities are on Bunt at the moment:

Bernie Williams, Mark Buehrle, Vladimir Guerrero, Ichiro Suzuki, Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Jose Altuve, Adam Dunn, Reggie Jackson, Wade Boggs, Eric Davis, Roger Maris, Brooklyn Dodgers, 1970s Yankees (particularly from the 2015 Old-Timers’ Day set), and needs from the 2015 From The Vault, 2015 Universe and 2015 Fire (base, not parallel) sets.

Bunt:

Limited And Insert Cards For Trade Or Sale:

Limited:

2017 Bowman Gold Michael Fulmer (250)
2017 Bowman Kris Bryant (1250)
2017 Bowman Willson Contreras (1249)
2017 Bowman Jacob deGrom (1249)
2017 Bowman Nomar Mazara (1249)

Insert:

2016 Gold Label Class 3 Justin Upton (147)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Eric Hosmer (906)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Zack Greinke (923)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Miguel Cabrera (943) x 2
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Aaron Nola (946)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Mark McGwire (947)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Justin Upton (949)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Ryan Braun (952)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Luis Severino (954)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Corey Seager (960)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Josh Donaldson (969)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Matt Kemp (969)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Paul Goldschmidt (982)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Mike Piazza (982)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Noah Syndergaard (985)
2016 Gold Label Class 2 Jose Abreu (1004)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Josh Donaldson (2167)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Luis Severino (2174)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Hyun-Soo Kim (2176)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Michael Conforto (2184) x 2
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Byung-Ho Park (2187)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Chris Sale (2187)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Blake Snell (2188) x 2
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Adrian Gonzalez (2194)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Trea Turner (2195)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Albert Pujols (2202)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 George Springer (2216)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 David Ortiz (2218)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Andrew McCutchen (2229)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Noah Syndergaard (2240)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Julio Urias (2241) x 2
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Freddie Freeman (2248)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Giancarlo Stanton (2248) x 2
2016 Gold Label Class 1 David Wright (2260)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Clayton Kershaw (2263) x 3
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Mark McGwire (2265) x 2
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Nolan Ryan (2271)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Madison Bumgarner (2272)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Kris Bryant (2274)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Manny Machado (2283)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 David Price (2289)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Paul Goldschmidt (2292)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Ryan Braun (2297)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Anthony Rizzo (2299)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Jose Abreu (2314)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Robinson Cano (2314)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Troy Tulowitzki (2315)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Aaron Nola (2327)
2016 Gold Label Class 1 Bryce Harper (2372)
2016 Sepia Boost Chris Archer (156)
2016 Bunt Physical Gold Addison Russell (393)
2016 Bunt Physical Gold Dallas Keuchel (443)
2017 Bunt Physical Bryce Harper (1107) x 2
2017 Bunt Physical Carlos Santana (1133)
2017 Bunt Physical Masahiro Tanaka (1200)
2017 Bunt Physical Jharel Cotton (1224) x 2
2016 Great Lakes Greats Sammy Solis (419)
2016 Great Lakes Greats Jake Petricka (465)
2016 Great Lakes Greats Joe Mauer (675)
2016 Tribute Purple Albert Pujols (492)
2016 Tribute Purple Johnny Bench (542)
2017 Tribute Babe Ruth (1668)
2016 Tribute Jose Bautista (2571)
2016 Tribute Chris Archer (2609)
2017 Bowman Chrome 1992 Kris Bryant (512)
2017 Perspectives Ralph Kiner (515)
2017 Perspectives Cal Ripken Jr. (528)
2016 Programs James Shields (642)
2017 Programs Jason Kipnis (515)
2017 Programs Miguel Sano (524)
2017 Programs Ryan Schimpf (533)
2017 Programs Josh Donaldson (548)
2017 Infinite Mark Melancon (539)
2017 Infinite Jose Ramirez (552)
2017 Infinite Nolan Arenado (554)
2017 Infinite Troy Tulowitzki (572)
2017 World Baseball Classic Shlomo Lipetz (598)
2017 World Baseball Classic Andrew Miller (613)
2017 World Baseball Classic Yoelkis Cespedes (654)
2017 Vintage Blue Adrian Beltre (623)
2017 Vintage Red David Ortiz (1219)
2017 Vintage Blue Jon Lester (1319)
2016 Unique Unis Marcell Ozuna (640)
2016 Future Of The Franchise Luis Severino (646)
2017 Inception Base Variant Josh Donaldson (704)
2017 Naturals Lou Brock (752)
2016 Canvas Paul Goldschmidt (992)
2016 Heritage Jeremy Hellickson (1061)
2016 Heritage Aaron Harang (1079)
2016 All-Star Futures Game Raimel Tapia (1166)
2016 Opening Day Carlos Correa (1183)
2017 Spring Warmup Trea Turner (1243)
2017 Backdrops Blake Snell (1364)
2016 Canada Day John Axford (1455)
2017 Salute Legends Lou Brock (1528)
2016 Gypsy Queen Kenta Maeda (1586)
2016 Walk Off Wins Evan Longoria (1607)
2016 Walk Off Wins Luis Gonzalez (1617)
2016 Archives Ryan Braun (1729)
2016 Triple Threads Andrew McCutchen (1938)
2016 In The Hunt Carlos Martinez (2502)
2016 In The Hunt Yu Darvish (2505)
2016 In The Hunt Josh Donaldson (2552)
(more to be added as time allows)

Base Cards For Trade Or Sale:

Any 2017 Series 1 Base White, Green and Red Duplicates, or Blue-Up Singles Of The Following Are Available For Trade Or Sale:

A’s (Alonso cards cost extra)
Blue Jays (Donaldson, Bautista, Martin cards cost extra)
Braves (Freeman cards cost extra)
Cardinals (Carpenter, Molina cards cost extra)
Giants (Posey, Belt cards cost extra)
Padres (Myers cards cost extra)
Rangers (Andrus and Darvish cards cost extra)
Rays (Longoria cards cost extra)
Tigers (Cabrera, Fulmer cards cost extra)
Twins (Sano cards cost extra)
Angels (Trout cards cost extra)
Cubs (Bryant, Rizzo, Contreras cards cost extra)
Indians (Lindor, Ramirez, Kluber cards cost extra)

2017 Series 1 Base White, Green and Red Duplicates, or Blue-Up Singles Of The Following Are Available For Trade Or Sale, With Some Exceptions:

Yankees (silver singles and Sanchez singles are off-limits)
Royals (black singles are off-limits; Hosmer, Perez cards cost extra)
Astros (Altuve cards are off-limits; Correa and Springer cards cost extra)
Marlins (Ichiro cards are off-limits; Stanton and Realmuto cards cost extra)
White Sox (Frazier cards are off-limits; Abreu cards cost extra)
Rockies (Blackmon cards are off-limits; Arenado cards cost extra)
Mariners (Hernandez cards are off-limits; Cano, Zunino cards cost extra)
Orioles (Jones cards are off-limits; Machado cards cost extra)
Pirates (Nova cards are off-limits; McCutchen cards cost extra)
Diamondbacks (Greinke cards are off-limits; Goldschmidt cards cost extra)

The Following 2017 Base Cards Are Completely Off-Limits For Now:

2017 Series 2 cards
2017 Series 1 Nationals
2017 Series 1 Dodgers
2017 Series 1 Mets
2017 Series 1 Brewers
2017 Series 1 Phillies
2017 Series 1 Reds
2017 Series 1 Red Sox

2012-2016 Base Cards For Trade Or Sale:

2012 Jose Altuve x 2

2014 Kyle Gibson, Matt Harvey, Andrew Heaney, Hisashi Iwakuma, David Ortiz, Yasiel Puig, and Rafael Soriano white base
Any 2015-2016 duplicates (literally thousands of white, green and red cards to choose from, many stars)

2015 Gold Pat Venditte (794)
2015 Gold Blake Swihart (1273)
2015 Gold Daniel Norris (3816)
2015 Gold Rusney Castillo (5573)
2015 Teal Miguel Sano (25,191)

All 2016 gold and silver singles

All 2016 black singles except Strasburg and Hendricks

2016 purple Wade Miley

2016 teal Bird and Ellington

All 2016 orange duplicates and singles except Sandoval, Bogaerts, Strasburg, Price, Greinke, Ichiro and Josh Hamilton

All 2016 blue duplicates and singles except Wang, Porcello Postseason, Scherzer Postseason, Fernandez, Harper, Betts, Altuve, Felix Hernandez, Frazier, Puig, Adam Jones, Josh Hamilton, Gary Sanchez, Bogaerts, Porcello, Ichiro, Colon, and Stroman

All 2016 Postseason red singles except Scherzer, Bogaerts, Harper, Betts, and Colon

All 2016 Postseason white singles except Porcello, Benintendi, Strasburg, Jansen, Puig, Jones, Stroman and Colon

Singles of the following 2012-2016 cards are off-limits:

ANY 2015 or 2016 white, green or red base singles, as well as singles of the following players, especially in 2012-2014 (where they’d live in “Not For Sale”-Land rather than the Inserts or Limited sections):

Bobby Abreu
Jose Altuve
Charlie Blackmon
Xander Bogaerts
Wade Boggs
Jackie Bradley Jr.
Kris Bryant
Mark Buehrle
Yoenis Cespedes
Bruce Chen
Bartolo Colon
Carlos Correa
Carl Crawford
Johnny Damon
Ike Davis
Shelley Duncan
Adam Dunn
Jose Fernandez
Todd Frazier
Anthony Gose
Zack Greinke
Vladimir Guerrero
Roy Halladay
Billy Hamilton
Josh Hamilton
Bryce Harper
Todd Helton
Kyle Hendricks
Felix Hernandez
Brock Holt
Orlando Hudson
Jim “Catfish” Hunter
Reggie Jackson
Kenley Jansen
Derek Jeter
Adam Jones
Clayton Kershaw
Paul Konerko
Tim Lincecum
Hideki Matsui
Orestes “Minnie” Minoso
Kendrys Morales?
Justin Morneau
Ross Ohlendorf
Roy Oswalt
Andy Pettitte
Juan Pierre
A.J. Pierzynski
Placido Polanco
David Price
Yasiel Puig
J.J. Putz
Mariano Rivera
Alex Rodriguez
Pablo Sandoval
Johan Santana
Max Scherzer
Corey Seager
Travis Shaw
Alfonso Soriano
Stephen Strasburg
Marcus Stroman
Jim Thome
Mike Trout
Juan Uribe
Jason Vargas
Chien-Ming Wang
Matt Wieters
Bernie Williams
Mookie Wilson
DeWayne Wise
Kerry Wood

All 2012-2016 singles of players NOT listed here and not from the 2015 or 2016 white, green or red sets are available for trade or sale, so feel free to ask.

Man, that took some work.

So, this is the award card you get when you’ve completed 8 different Series 1 Yankee team sets in 2017 Bunt. It’s nothing terribly fancy, but it is Bernie, so, of course, I had to.

There was a certain degree of quiet urgency to getting these sets done this weekend, because Series 2 is formally coming out on Monday, and if Topps does what they did with NHL Skate this year, that’ll be it for melding cards to climb through the Series 1 ladder for this year (and for a free player, it is virtually impossible to complete these runs without melding cards at this point, a thing they neglected to tell first-year users of Skate, or I’d have a much better Islanders collection there since I’m blowing off most of the other cards). Now, at present, when you go to the page in the app where you meld a Series 1 card, they’re saying that melding will continue until March 28th of next year (which means the production number for these awards will be about 4 times as big eventually), but Topps has been known to change their mind on the drop of a dime, because they’re sorta making it up as they go along with all this digital stuff, so I wasn’t going to leave it to chance, and it seems like a lot of the other regular and semi-regular users are of the same mind. For now, I don’t care, I got Bernie, and I actually did it without busting up my Gary Sanchez rainbow, to boot (which made it a lot harder).

Where this is a drag is that they’ve managed to make this whole thing feel like a really bad version of level grinding in an MMORPG. Which, when you’ve done this, oh…

…three times in the space of a week now…

…it gets a little old.

(Technically, I’ve done it 5 times, as I got the Pettitte and Posada award cards before I got to the Bernie, but I wasn’t actually after those, so we won’t be featuring them here.)

I guess I have to figure out how many more times I’ll drive myself nuts over it. If we do have another 8 months, it won’t be that hard to get more. There are a bunch of good award cards (Reggie’s next on the Yankee ladder, then Jeter, and I’ll have to decide if I’m gonna use my leftovers to try and get those; after that, there’s a bunch of other award cards you can earn for building the top 5 hardest team sets of each team…there’s Mookie Wilson, Ben Oglivie, Cecil Cooper, Dick Allen, and yes, Night Owl, there’s a Ron Cey award card, only the 3rd time he’s shown up in Bunt to date…), but it’s crazy-making to do it, and it’s also a bad habit for someone with serious obsessive tendencies to get themselves into.

I did get the 3 cards out of 150 that I wanted the most, though, so there is that…

An Impromptu Package From Stubby: Gypsy Queen Greens And MOAR!

…starts with these.

Oh, and this…

 

See, apparently, Stubby is building this set (the green border retail parallel of 2017 Gypsy Queen), and in doing so, he’s ended up with a bunch of doubles, which I now have. The ones pictured above are the ones I’m keeping. (Especially that Koufax.) The rest? Hell, I’m never building this…I haven’t even grabbed any base Gypsy Queen yet (even though it is a nice set this year). So, with Stubby’s blessing, I’m offering ’em up for trade.

Here’s the list of what I have right now:

10 Miguel Cabrera

11 Jordan Zimmermann

16 Trea Turner

17 Dexter Fowler

23 Blake Snell

25 Michael Fulmer

32 Johnny Cueto

41 A.J. Ramos

51 Kevin Kiermaier

52 Jose Bautista

55 Corey Dickerson

57 Jean Segura

58 Jung Ho Kang

68 Alcides Escobar

85 Raimel Tapia

86 Chris Archer

90 Justin Turner

98 Adam Wainwright

99 Brandon Crawford

117 Jonathan Villar

122 Dee Gordon

124 Buster Posey

126 Justin Verlander

149 Matt Holliday

152 Wilson Ramos

159 Matt Kemp

160 Josh Donaldson

163 Renato Nunez

165 J.A. Happ

178 Dallas Keuchel

183 George Springer

190 Miguel Sano

191 Marcel Ozuna

192 Christian Yelich

202 Welington Castillo

207 Jeremy Hellickson

212 Masahiro Tanaka

213 Elvis Andrus

217 Josh Harrison

237 Jon Lester

238 Tyler Naquin

241 Josh Bell

249 Luke Weaver

253 C.J. Cron

254 Danny Salazar

255 Matt Wisler

265 Eugenio Suarez

268 Joe Panik

271 Colby Rasmus

278 Alex Colome

285 Kirby Yates

287 Tony Watson

291 Didi Gregorius

296 Jose Abreu

If you’re interested, give me a buzz. They probably won’t be around forever! If you’ve got some green border doubles you can send me to send to Stubby, those are welcome, too! Here’s his want list:

2017 Gypsy Queen Green Border Retail Parallels:

13-15, 21, 26, 33, 34, 37, 39, 43, 46, 64-66, 69, 74 (Correa), 88, 91 (Swanson), 94, 97 (Cecchini), 105, 119, 121 (deGrom), 125, 127 (Cespedes), 129, 138, 164, , 174, 181 203, 211, 218, 223, 225, 229, 230, 234, 239 (A. Cabrera), 247, 260, 261, 267, 275, 279, 280, 293, 302 (Sandberg), 303 (Jeter), 306 (Griffey Jr.), 311 (Ozzie Smith), 312 (McGuire), 316 (Pudge Rodriguez), 318 (Brett)

Stubby put some other fun stuff in the box, too, so let’s have a look at a few of the highlights…

This card was in a carefully obscured card holder, with no idea as to its identity. A mystery! I loves a mystery.

!

Like hell it has no value! I needed it for my ’72-’73 set that I’ll never finish. (I do like their fries, though.)

Going back to the GQ stuff, here’s a pair of Ichiro inserts. These are keepers, because that Ichiro feller’s on ’em.

Stubby threw a handful of old wax in the box, too. (Yeah, I opened it all.) I came up basically empty on the ’90 Topps Hockey I opened (no Islanders or names I recognized), there are apparently Hall of Famers visible on 3 of the ’81 Fleer Teams In Action Football cards, but I haven’t tried to dissect who they are yet, and while there was a Dwight Evans and a Paul Molitor card in the ’91 OPC Premier pack I opened, I’d have to check to see if I have either and the cards are on a different floor of the house than I am right now. However, in my ’13 Topps Series 2 pack, there was a fun little number.

Needed it for my set! I don’t end up adding to this set enough.

This was the best of the bunch of packs he through in, though…

Someone was just talking about that Fleer collectors’ hat on Twitter the other day. I would really love to see proof that it exists. Anyway, I opened a bunch of ’86 Fleer, whatever I could get my hands on at Cumberland Farms (because it was damn tough to get elsewhere), and I eventually bought a complete set in a lot of other cards, but I never did get one of these from any of the packs I opened, until now…

Coulda used you in ’86, guys!

Thanks for the stuff, Stubby!

Roger

So, I got this in the mail today from The Dimwit.

Now, I realize that some folks have their issues with products what don’t have team logos on ’em.

I also realize that there are some that are skeptical of the provenance of relics of any kind.

Me, I’m still pretty damn happy with this card.

Short of a miracle dropping a Roger Maris autograph in my lap somehow, relics are as close as I’m gonna get with him. There’s one other relic that I’m specifically hunting of his, as part of a set I’m rather quixotically building (2002 Legendary Cuts Legendary Bat), but this was a great one to pick up, too.

Thanks, Sam!

A benching, some odds and ends from last weekend’s flea market trip, and a bonus…

So, I’m kinda benched right now.

On Wednesday, I had my gall bladder removed, and while I’ve been doing pretty well, knock wood (down to Tylenol and Advil in under 48 hours, driving solo for short distances already, minimal discomfort overall, even made it out to Free Comic Book Day, Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2 and the supermarket today), I really don’t wanna push it any more than I already have been, so tomorrow, as per my own orders, no flea market for me, and really, no anything for me aside from desk activity and bed rest.

As far as doctor’s orders go, rather than my own, I’m not supposed to lift or carry anything that’s got any real weight to it for 4 weeks (I’ve been sticking to that recommendation pretty well, at least), so a lot of my card activities are benched or at least siginficantly slowed down until until May 31st, anyway (if we’re in the middle of a trade, please keep this in mind). Taking that into consideration, it’s not a bad thing for me not to be tempted by cheap box lots full of crap so soon.

If I have an especially good recovery week, I may end up in Brimfield on Thursday, but again, I’ll be taking it very easy (probably a 1 or 2 field trip, max), not lifting or carrying anything heavy (not *that* hard there, given what I collect and who tends to bring what there), and I am supposed to get some walking in, as part of my recovery orders. Also, if I’m being honest here, most of my Brimfield trips are done for photography purposes nowadays, anyway, though I have found a big lot or two there over my couple of seasons of visiting the market.

I did, however, get to my local flea market last weekend, and I found some fun stuff (then managed to get a late day bonus adventure out of it). My layoff will finally give me some time to get a post up about it, too!

First up, I’ll give you an overhead view of the bigger of the 2 boxes that I got. It looks like there’s a lot of “the other three sports” in it, and there was, but there was a surprising amount of baseball in it, including a bunch of ’94 Upper Deck, ’01 Fleer Platinum, and ’98 Score base and Rookie and Traded that I needed. So, while most of the box is admittedly in my “getting dumped on Craigslist” pile, it ended up being ultimately worthwhile.

Then, there was a smaller, but way more useful box that I got. We’ll get back to it in a minute.

I also got a cheap box of toploaders that, while they may be pretty boring, saved me a dedicated trip to a fine topholder retailer, and at a fraction of the cost!

Hey, it’s a cheap copy of Halo! Ever since my partner found out that I had an original XBox, they’ve been hinting that they’d like to play some Halo, but I am probably the only XBox owner who’s never owned a copy. Now, you would think that tracking down a copy of what had to have been one of the biggest-selling console games of all time in 2017 would be fairly easy, with the glut of cheap disc console games at flea markets and garage sales (along with CDs, DVDs and PC software, flea markets are choked with Playstation 2-3 and XBox/360 stuff anymore), but nope, finding a clean copy of it took months of hunting. Thankfully, it was only a couple bucks!

NICE

Pro Tip: this is a good album.

I took a gamble on this, as well. I love Cadaco stuff (more the baseball game than the football one), it was cheap, and the box looked OK. I just checked it out. It is complete, and the lightbulb still works, too! Man, are the game rules obtuse, though.

Here’s one I didn’t pick up (or ask a price on), but I figured I’d show y’all a picture of…

As I’ve come to find out, this is an RCA Radiola 25, circa 1925 according to The Radiola Guy. It’s missing its antennae, but the tubes were all there, and my word, was the cabinet in gorgeous shape. I mean, look at that thing. That’s a 91-92 year old piece. Not my area of expertise at all, but a lot of other people who had no idea what they were looking at stopped and gawked at this beauty.

Anyway, back to the cards, before I pick up another bad habit. As you can see, there’s a 1997 Donruss Limited Limited Exposure card on the top of the small box, so let’s start there. Well…

There were a lot of those in there, but sadly, a lot of doubles, too (this picture is just the doubles), so I could only put together about half the set. There’s no way I’m gonna try to build it (they’re fun and shiny, but the double face thing combined with my not having a great frame of reference for it, and my already being in the middle of 439384292 sets rules it out), so I’ve got some for trade. (I think that was the only Rivera card, though, so that’s mine.)

Hey, remember ’08 Own The Game? Yeah, I hated it, too. Some decent players in there, though, and I got a bunch of them. I have to check through my stuff when I can, because I’m David Ortiz and Mike Lowell away from a set of it. The pile here, with good ol’ Adam Dunn on top, is my doubles pile. Ask if you’re looking for any of it.

Hey, it’s a pile of Mantle inserts! This is #46-55 of whichever Topps Mantle insert set this was, plus a handful of doubles from those numbers. Up for grabs!

Hey, it’s another pile of Mantle inserts! This is Home Run History #502-536, with another decent chunk of doubles underneath it. I already had a bunch of HRH to unload, so hopefully this will motivate me to get on that. If you’re looking for Home Run History stuff, come find me!

 

I think I got multiples of this, too, but this was a Trading Card History insert I still needed. Got an A-Rod I needed as well, but you don’t need to see it. I may someday finish that set.

There was a bunch of other stuff in the small box, but it’s in a box I’m not allowed to lift, so let’s move onto the big box, and some of the Upper Deck haul, before we go back to the small box for something.

Needed it.

Needed it, and there was a double.

Needed it.

Needed it, and between the two boxes (found some in both), I got 3 of these.

…and needed it.

So, about the other thing in the small box.

Why the hell am I showing you an ’87 Topps Billy Jo Robidoux? I mean, aside from that he has a great name, and was, at one time anyway, a guy whose name you’d hear in the same sentence as Jose Canseco’s, when people talked about baseball prospects? Haven’t I spent most of my life complaining about ’87 Topps cards?

Well…as it turned out last weekend, by chance, I heard about a mall card/comic show not too far from me. Remember those? Some love ’em, some hate ’em, but I grew up at them, and I still have a soft spot.

As it turned out, when I looked at the web site for it, they had free signers on Sunday. Mike Trombley was one, and, yes, Billy Jo Robidoux was the other. I had thought about digging through cards to find stuff from both guys to get signed, but I didn’t end up having time to do so, so I hadn’t planned on going to the show. But then, among the flea market bounty, I found what turned out to be an unusually useful ’87 Robidoux, about 90 minutes before Billy Jo was scheduled to finish signing, so…

For whatever reason, I didn’t get a picture with him (I get weird about people sometimes; didn’t even talk to Trombley, but I didn’t wanna bother him if I had nothing for him to do), but Billy Jo Robidoux was a super nice cat. From what I gather, they both live in my general area, and do this sometimes, so I’ll probably see more of them.

I didn’t do much actual shopping while I was at the show (I had over 3000 cards waiting at home for me that I hadn’t finished sorting yet, after all), and the comic stuff was fairly pedestrian, but it was a pretty vital card marketplace, and I got to get another look at what dealers charge for stuff around here (hint: way more than I do when I do card shows, so I’ll probably do OK if I set up at one). There were a few other guest signers there, but alas, I didn’t get to talk to Marlon Starling (I’ll have to look through my boxing stuff and see what I have of his, in case he’s around again; he could be an interesting guy to talk to, having gone 25-0 to start his pro career, having fought Floyd Mayweather Sr., and having fought the fights that I first remember hearing about him from as a kid, against Mark Breland, though I can’t remember if I actually saw either of those fights), Shane Douglas (I’ve no idea why I didn’t say hi; again, I get weird about people sometimes), or Denny McLain (would’ve been nice to talk to him again, but he was doing a radio call-in show while I was there). I’d actually forgotten Denny was even supposed to be there. He was listed as a guest on the site, but for some reason, I processed his appearance as a Saturday thing, when Denny just sets up tables at card shows for the weekend now and hangs out, rather than being a one-day/guest of honor deal.

Still, it was a fun little adventure to cap off what was already a solid day.