I had a pretty good time at the San Francisco TriStar show on Saturday.  There were a lot of dealers set up with a nice variety of cards.  However, I am very particular with my collections (as you know), so I didn't know what I would find that fits into those collections.  I was impressed by the amount of vintage cards available.  Baseball, basketball, football, boxing, etc.  There were some awesome, old cards at the show.  There was a ton of Giants and 49ers stuff.  A ton!  I don't collect either team, so that probably cut maybe a third of the tables off immediately. 

I was sorely disappointed at the lack of A's stuff available.  So, so disappointed.  The only card I saw (outside of a few Cespedes base cards priced at $30 a pop) was a sick Reggie Jackson Triple Threads 1/1 Auto Patch booklet.  Beautiful card, but way out of my price range.    After touring the room a couple times, I started alking with a very nice dealer who had a large display of 1951 Bowman.  I told him I had $200 on me and that I was buying low-grade 1951 Bowman in quantity.  We talked and negotiated for a minute, then settled on a price as a I thumbed through his cards.  In the end, I picked up 54 cards for my $200 (under $4 each).  Most of the cards are in decent shape, too.  Only a few were at the low-end of quality that I would accept.  Scan 1Scan 2Scan 3Scan 4Scan 5Scan 6Scan 7Scan 8Scan 9Scan 10

I am very pleased with that purchase.  I'm thinking that card shows would be the best way to put the bulk of the 1951 Bowman set together.  I just bring my list of what I'm looking for, and I can knock out a bunch of cards for a few dollars each.  It's hard to find decent lots on eBay.  I'm up to 78/324 of the set now (24.07%).  I also checked in with PSA to see what the prices would be (for a non-member) to get a few cards graded.  It was going to be $15 each for my three base Rickey Henderson cards, and $25 each for PSA/DNA on a few TTM autos I have.  That was a little rich for my blood, so I decided to pass.  I'd rather spend that money on cards, not grading.  Soon enough, I'll splurge for the grading and PSA/DNA package.   I also picked up the 2011 Topps Update Set and 2011 BCPP111-220 set for $30 total.  Those will go in binders and help me towards my 2011 total set completion project.

All in all, it was an awesome time and I can't wait for next year's TriStar!
 
 
A few days ago, I received in the mail the three Justin Duchscherer badges I purchased!  They are pretty cool pieces of memorabilia from the 2009 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.  Here is Badge 1, Badge 2, and Badge 3.  Thank you to eBay seller "bryceharper" for working with me on these!  Receiving these badges feels almost like  awarm up for the big TriStar Show in San Francisco next weekend.  I am optimistic that I will come across something worth adding to my Justin Duchscherer collection. 

I also received the 1972 Pete Maravich Topps PSA #5 to add to my Pete Maravich collection.  It is a beautiful card, and you can see it here.  My basic Topps PSA 8 Maravich collection is coming along nicely.  That will be a sweet 11 card set, with his 1970 Topps rookie card being the centerpiece.  I will also be on the lookout for Pete Maravich, Manny Pacquiao, and various set needs at the TriStar Show.  Who knows?  After watching Yoenis Cespedes hit another massive homerun for my Oakland A's tonight, I may have to jump on that bandwagon and find a new hometown player to co