Sunday, January 3, 2021

What's In The Bag?!

*takes a sip of hot piping joe and gets ready for another new post in the New Year on Cards Over Coffee*

Jeff Parrett best described the mood when my mother-in-law this fall said she had a neighbor who dropped off some baseball cards to her. It was pretty obvious where she would be dropping them off to next.

When I saw her car pull in the driveway, I looked out the window like a dog waiting on it's owner to return from a quick shopping trip. The only difference was I didn't pounce on her when she came into my house. I can't say that I didn't try to rip the bag from her hands though.

The excitement of new cardboard soon diminished when I looked in the bag,

Jim Snyder best sums up my reaction.

*takes a sip with the same reaction behind the mug*

My eyes are not as great as they used to be, but even they could see cards tossed in a bag and apparently from the "junk wax" era as well.

Yup, I have that same feeling Sparky.
The "Junk Wax" era has its nostalgia and hits home for a lot of collectors, for me though, it doesn't. I started collecting in late 1993 into 1994 which is past that era so those cards for me are more annoying than anything as I have already more than filled up my collection with needs from that timeframe.

So my only hope was that something magical was hiding in this bag. Maybe even a unicorn.

*takes another sip, revisits the bag again in my mind*

Larry Walker rookie cards. Not a bad start.

A couple of big names, maybe this bag will surprise me after all.

My anticipation to keep digging expression

Then came the endless pit of 1990 Donruss, 1989 Topps, 1989 Donruss and 1988 Topps I expected. Not a single solid player in that mix either and the condition was questionable as you could already tell from the ravaged cards.

How I was feeling at this point

Then I caught a bit of a break and found a few decent cards in the mix.

(I consider this one decent because I am a fan of oddball food releases)

(once again, oddball)

(I always like finding earlier SI for Kids cards)

In the bag picture above, if you spied it correctly, there was a baggie in there. That baggie I set aside and saved for last just "in case" it was the "bigger cards" in the bag.
It appears to be a baggie full of basketball cards. Larry Nance kicks it off.

*takes a sip, begins to.....unseal? Rip? Open?*

And I was right about it being all basketball,

Sam Vincent, Mark Price, James Worthy, Karl Malone and John Stockton were great names to find.

Then followed up with another James Worthy, Byron Scott and Magic Johnson.

Not a bad way to end the bag of mystery.

Mike Young best describes my overall feeling of the bag

 *brews another cup of coffee to finish up the post. Sits at the table to type and takes a sip*

That moment hot coffee hits your tongue scalding it and you don't want others to know

I pulled out some of the cards to add to my collection while others will find a new home in my box of dupes. That box gets picked through for extras in trades and sometimes given to kids who come to my yard sales as my help in expanding the hobby initiative.


  1. Not bad, at least there were a couple nice singles mixed in there. I thought the Larry Walker RCs would be the best you could expect but the Lemon oddball, SLU cards, and 89-90 Fleer basketball aren't things you usually find in "junk wax" piles.

    1. Yeah I was impressed by the few surprises

  2. Yeah, I'm jonesing for new cards to go through, that bag would have at least been a few minutes of fun!

    1. That's why digging through your mail day was such fun!

  3. Looking through a surprise package of cards can sure bring out a range of emotions. Glad you found at least a few gems in there!

  4. Byron Scott and SI for Kids = Nice finds.

  5. honestly a bag of cards sounds like some fun right now...especially a baggie stuffed with cards. the great thing about this lot is the recklessness one could have...would love to see a coffee stain set. :)

    1. Topps should replace the gum stained backs with Coffee stained ones

  6. This is one of those times where that old saying "It's the thought that counts", works really well.

    1. That's when I always tell her when she calls to see what good stuff I found there was some rookies I needed. Etc.

  7. Was hoping there was going to be some 1987 cards in there. But like Jon says, it’s the thought that counts.

    1. It sure is and I keep it positive when she calls to ask me about it


Cards and coffee go together like PB&J, so don't you and leaving a comment below. Take a sip and let me know your thoughts!