For the 5th consecutive year, last August I paid my annual visit to the great White Plains card show, and here's the report!
First a picture taken outside the location, it's the home of the White Plains Knicks (NY Knicks affiliated I think), and it also hosts several shows (card related and not) every year.
My visit started early in the morning, and lasted until the closing time...and as usual I immediately lost every inch of reason and started going through every bin ,box, bag, display (more than once I must admit) in this big and wonderful card show!
As I mentioned in my previous post (I just posted it), in this trip to the USA I beat every former record I've ever set, both for quantity (and relatively less) for the quality of my pick ups..
Before I finish my count and check of all the cards I brought home from the holiday (I just say that I went waaaaaaay over 5.000 cards...), I'll show you some of the best picks, being in most cases game used and a couple autos..the cards were very cheap, and believe me, I'm using the term without any negative meaning, au contraire! I'm very happy whenever I can find nice looking cards for a reasonable price, and those you're about to see costed about 2/3 dollars each..so let's start the show!
Some cards from the 2007 Ultimate Star Materials, presenting you Pujols, Lackey, Johnson, Atkins and Peavy! (Not necessarily in this order!)
I also decided to pay tribute to the Yankees with some cards from the team's present and past, and I know that a couple of them are not very loved by the fans (and I understand why), but their cards deserve to be in my collection as well!
First is the most unusual piece of memorabilia I've ever met, a piece of a Bench! And I'm not speaking of Johnny Bench (a piece of whom would even be more weird!), but an All Star Game Bench, in some way related to Reggie Jackson! It's from 2001 Donruss Classics Benchmarks,and it's unfortunately not numbered. Followed by a piece of (green?) jersey of Jim "Catfish" Hunter, from 2004 SP Legendary cuts!
Then a couple of cards from Alex Rodriguez, one features a piece of bat, from 2001 UD Legendary Lumber, and the other is from 2001 SPX winning materials, featuring a piece of bat and a piece of jersey from the (at the time not scandalous) player when he was just a Mariners rising star...
I will try to balance to booing for A-Rod and for the next player by showing a nostalgic Yankee ink..
Here's Roger Clemens game used jersey from 2001 Leaf Certified Materials (numbered to 100) and 2004 Yankees Classics Scripts of Mickey Rivers
Now a card that shows a Yankees player together with a Mets player and a Mariners player, it's from 2005 Upper Deck Trilogy, and features pieces from the bats of Graig Nettles, Adrian Beltre and David Wright
As you can't see, the card is nubered to 85...
The remaining cards that came home with me from the other side of the ocean are the following...
2010 Letter Auto of Tyler Colvin from Finest, it's the refractor version and it's numbered to 75!
2007 SP Legendary Cuts piece of bat of Alan Trammell
2003 Topps All time fan favorites game used bat of George Foster
2008 UD A piece of History game used jersey of Victor Martinez, numbered to just 25
And a 2001 SPX Winning Materials (with a shameful piece of jersey and a hateful piece of bat) of Barry Bonds...
That's all for my 2014 White Plains card show cardboard buying spree!!
I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did in reviewing my pick ups...
And for those of you that are wondering why there are no 2013 Tribute WBC in this posts, well...I wasn't able to find a single card from that set! Since a rookie card of Tanaka is part of the set, the boxes prices were through the roof and no singles were sold at the show..
But if you're patient enough (ten minutes more or less), you'll soon find a new post with the latest addition to the set!
Best regards from Italy and keep collecting!