…But the cards from the poor Dollar stink like Roger Clemens’ feet!
OK, that’s admittedly a little harsh. While I was somewhat disappointed in the cards I got in a recent Dollar Tree excursion, it was largely my own fault. Caveat Emptor and all that.
So here’s the deal. There was recently a post over at The Five Tool Collector detailing the somewhat surprising success he had with cards from Dollar Tree. I was inspired to check out the Dollar Tree near where I work, but they have no cards at all. A few days later I was driving in another direction during my lunchbreak and I passed a Dollar Tree that I’d forgotten about because it’s only been open for a year or so. Because I had other errands to run, I rushed through the purchase and neglected make sure that the repacks I wanted were from a company called Presstine. The two repacks I bought were from another company and featured the kind of crap we all fear in a repack.
It wasn’t a complete waste, because I did get a couple of junk-waxy needs, a couple of filler cards for some outgoing packages, plus a Tim Wallach card that goes in the “Someday I’ll send a PWE to the Tim Wallach guy” stack.
I also bought some unopened packs which were a lot more fun.
Before I get into the cards I got, I’m curious about something… Is there anybody younger than I am – I’ll be 52 in the fall – who gets the reference made in the subject line?
I’ll start with the repacks. I was relatively excited to pull a 1984 Donruss Oriole. It’s funny, 1984 was all about Fleer for me, and I was largely “meh” about 84D, but now it’s like “The champagne of junk wax”.
Sadly, I already had this card. Quelle dommage.
Speaking of Orioles, one of my favorite all-time O’s is Jeff Conine. This card features him with the Marlins (pauses to spit on the ground), but it’s still a cool card of “Niner”.
A nice action shot of Mike Cameron, who was always fun to watch in the outfield.
This card is from the 1998 Score Rookie And Traded set… despite the fact that Cameron had not changed teams and this is not remotely close to being Cameron’s rookie card – he’d actually been in the 1997 and 1998 Score flagship sets. Maybe the set should’ve been called “Rookie And Traded And Other Photos We Want To Get In A Set”.
This next card falls into the “audience participation” category. From the back of the card, I could tell this wasn’t your run-of-the-mill 1989 Donruss card.
I went to COMC to see which 1989 Donruss set it’s from, and discovered it’s from the “Baseball’s Best” set. I also discovered that the sole copy of it on COMC is from a seller who is notorious for selling commons for outrageous prices (although this one was priced at a low-for-him $1). My question to you, my readers, is this: Should I send this card in to COMC solely for the purpose of undercutting this disreputable seller? It’s certainly not a high-demand card and I would price it solely to get my processing fee back, but I’ll admit I would take a not-insignificant amount of satisfaction if I were to stick it to this guy even just a little bit. Whaddaya think?
Moving on to the packs. I bought a single pack of 2015 Panini Americana just because. I like the design of this set, but the checklist largely leaves me cold and the photos used aren’t always the greatest. I got two cards of note, however.
I had a minor crush on Julie Gonzalo when she was on the now-forgotten TV show “Eli Stone”. She’s better known for her roles in “Veronica Mars” and the rebooted “Dallas”.
Her Wikipedia page has a photo from the “2013 Monte Carlo Television Festival” which, judging from her outfit, was taken at the same time as this photo (and it’s a somewhat better photo).
I also got a die-cast jockey insert… three-time Kentucky Derby winner Calvin Borel (FYI, I scanned this with the scanner lid open in an attempt to bring out the die-cuttedness of it).
I saw Die-Cut Jockey when they opened for Barenaked Ladies in the mid-1990’s (Cue the Foghorn Leghorn audio clip – that’s a joke, I say, that’s a joke, son!).
The Dollar Tree also had some unopened packs which sold for a buck for each bag of two. I bought two of these two-pack repacks. Each bag contained a pack of 1994 Upper Deck World Cup Cards (English/Italian version), which were pretty cool. One pack’s cards were so stuck together that I couldn’t separate them without significant card damage (and they ended up in the trash), but the other pack came out OK. Here’s a card of Brazilian footballer Palhinha.
I didn’t know any of the players, but the photos were more interesting than in many of the more current soccer sets.
Another 2/$1 pack I got was 1992 ProSet Guinness Book Of Records, which is a neat concept but a lot of the cards didn’t translate well to 2.5″ x 3.5″. Here’s the best of my pack.
“The world’s longest snake is the reticulated python of Southeast Asia, Indonesia and the Philppines, which regularly exceeds 20 feet, 6 inches in length”.
The last pack I got was from the 1994 Cardz “Jim Henson’s Muppets Take The Ice” mashup of everyone’s favorite Muppets and the NHL. These are actually pretty fun cards, here’s my favorite from the pack:
The next time I pass this Dollar Tree, I’m going to see if they have any more of the Muppets and World Cup packs. The rest I can do without (unless they get some of those Presstine repacks in).
In case you’re curious about the “Dollar Tree Very Pretty” reference, or if you just like Trini Lopez… Full Disclosure: Trini Lopez isn’t the original artist and may not have had the biggest hit version, but I think of Lemon Tree as being “his song”.