To sum up my spiel from yesterday... small card show, decide to wait for the big one in two weeks, get money, reconsider, load up on goodies, post, post, post.
For Part 1, click here.
Part 2 - It Ain't the Size of the Cardboard, It's the Motion of the Promotion
Yeah, all the companies are using stupid gimmicks in order to dip into the dusty recesses of our wallets, including oddly-sized cards. And a lot of the time they slide around in pages quite annoyingly. But there's still some cool stuff out there, and I grabbed a stack of misshapen cardboard to bounce around my albums.
First, these sweet Mini Tall Boys from 2013 Topps Archives. I'm ok with them sneaking a vintage football throwback into this series. It's a wonder Topps didn't use the Tall Boy design for their 1965 baseball cards. But we have a nice, albeit undersized, homage here, leading to the odd designation of "Mini Tall". Eric Davis is all over the new Archives sets and Davey has been a mainstay. Sweet.
Here we have a 2009 Upper Deck Goudey Mini Jay Bruce, cut to the size of the original Goudey releases of the 1930's. This is the Navy Blue Back variation, which I didn't find worthwhile to scan. This differs from the regular mini, which has green text. A pretty weak variation. In fact, I had no idea it WAS a variation until I got back home. I'll take it.
Alright, here's a bunch of true minis. If anyone starts making cards any smaller than this, 1991-93 Topps Micro-style, then I quit. But in the mean time, I grabbed some nice variations. We got here a 2012 Allen & Ginter Johnny Bench, A&G Back, 2012 Allen & Ginter Devin Mesoraco Black Border, 2012 Gypsy Queen Brandon Phillips Gypsy Back, 2011 Gypsy Queen Aroldis Chapman RC, 2010 Topps 206 Jay Bruce Polar Bear Back, 2012 Panini Golden Age Pete Rose Broad Leaf Brown Back, and 2012 Allen & Ginter Joey Votto. So. Sweet.
I'm actually kind of digging the backs of these minis. The throwback to the turn-of-the-century era cards is really nice. And they look pretty cool all mixed together in the 15-pocket pages.
Closin up shop today are two of the five Reds from 2013 Bowman Mini Chrome Prospect Refractors (or whatever this set is called), Daniel Corcino and Nick Travieso. Corcino is currently in AAA Louisville, but still has some work to do. Seems like he'll figure it out eventually. These are cut the same size as the 2013 Topps 1972 Minis which are cut the same size as the 1975 Topps Minis. I need some pages that'll fit these. Ah well.
Solid two days worth of card goodness. Back tomorrow with more show success. Go Reds.