After a little research, this is a T218 Mecca Champion. It has a Hassan brand back. Besides a small crease in the upper right, this is a nice looking card. At $8, I may have been a couple bucks over ebay, but I am not too worried. It's a nice oddball, and a set I may have to look into building sometime in the future.
Come Sunday, I was going to visit a card show that I have never heard of before. Instead of my normal Orland show, I drove south 40 miles to Coal City High School. Turns out, it's a once a year show that coincides with a dodge ball tournament. Small show with maybe 10 dealers. And of the 10, just 4 had cards, The rest were comics or autographed photos. But I lucked out at a couple of the tables.
The Pirri auto goes into the "players who have worn Hawks sweaters" collection, which really doesn't exist, but for $2, I couldn't pass. All the rest were either 50 cents or a buck each. Savy and Goulet know how to rock the mustache. Plus I needed that Baun YG.
From the same dealer were the top two cards from the Upper Deck "The Cup" release. I'll take two base cards for $6 that come from a $430 for 5 cards box. And yes, that is Tony O's older brother Phil as a Hawk before he was traded to Boston for Whitey Stapleton and a couple other players. The Crede relic at the bottom came from a dealer that had 7 for a $5 box, plus relics for $5. Technically, I picked out $15 worth of cards, but he gave them all to me for $10. So a Crede relic #/25 for 75 cents? Deal.
Here's some more that ran me 75 cents per. All hit the throwback binder.
And some more at 75 cents that made it into the bunting binder, including two of Plaschke fav Kemp.
So while I did okay, I was disappointed of the low number of sellers. Luckily, I knew there was another show yesterday up in Buffalo Grove that went until 3pm. It was over an hour drive from where I was, but I was going for it. So 75 miles and a couple tolls later, I arrived at the 2nd card show of the day. And I really wished I hadn't driven to it. It was tabbed at 20 tables, but it was held in a card shop. There was maybe 4 guys there with anything out I could dig through. It does appear to be the home base of a killer dime box seller Nick and I have hit before, but none of his boxes were to be seen. I really wanted to dig through some dime boxes.
Well, I did find some boxes to dig through, and spent about 50 cents per card when all was said and done.
I really want to complete this GQ insert set. Unfortunately I picked up a 5th (run down), so if you are looking for that mini, let me know.
Four new for the Konerko binder. I was doubting my addition of the Topps Finest to my stack, but it turns out I didn't have it, so glad I took the chance. I have never see that UD Superstars at the lower right. The back is interesting with the Chicago sports timeline at the bottom.
Two shinys for the Iguchi binder with a gold and a Bowman refractor. And while they don't fit, I'll pick up oddballs for my vintage player collections because why not and two quarters each.
Last were three buckbacks for the frankenset. The Herbert kicks a '77 Metzger from the set. I think I made a wise choice.
So all total, over 420 miles of driving and here's what I have to show for it (mostly). Thank goodness I drive a hybrid.