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Will you take the $10 Card Shop Challenge?

By Chris Olds | Editor

An after-work card shop visit a few months ago prompted a challenge to one of my Twitter followers, and that’s something I revisited before my visit to Nick’s Sports Cards on Thursday evening.

I sent another message to the masses curious few who enjoy hearing not much from me 140 characters a time on my Twitter feed. I issued a collecting challenge.

A few replied seeking details, but this time I’m taking it a step further as I want to see what many of you can come up with by hitting your local card shop. (If you don’t have an LCS, hit a retail store.)

Call it the $10 Card Shop Challenge.

Should you choose to accept this mission, you will add something new to your collection — and maybe something more as I’m going to cough something up for the entry that you guys find to be the most interesting or impressive entry of the bunch.

The Mission: Spend $10 or less on something you like but try to land something that will impress the masses. It could be anything cards — but no memorabilia or wax (unless you’re a retail-only person). Are you a vintage fan? A prospector? A non-sport collector? A buyer in bulk? Was it just a good deal you couldn’t refuse?

It’s all game — as long as it only cost you $10 (or less).

In my previous challenge, I landed a 1909 T206 common card for a mere $9.50 — but this time the Nick’s bargain bin was tobacco-less. But instead, I found a relatively high-grade copy of a 1974 Topps card I have been meaning to pick up for some time — Hank Aaron‘s new home run king commemorative — for just $5.50.

It’s my entry into this $10 Card Shop Challenge. Can you top it by spending no more than $4.50 more by next Friday (Nov. 19) morning?

Leave the following info in a comment below (on Beckett.com and/or The Beckett Blog) and include a link to an image of what you picked up:

1. Name & location (include your email so you can be contacted)

2. Shop/store you visited

3. What you bought

4. Why it’s better than my buy

We’ll field entries until 10 a.m. Central time on Nov. 19 and will set up a poll for you to decide the winner.

Are you ready to take the challenge?

Remember, our winner will win something cool … and it’ll cost more than $10, too.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

7 Comments

1) Sam – Houston, TX – samuelpair@yahoo.com
2) Houston Sports Connection – http://www.houstonsportsconnection.net
3) I bought a 1952 Bowman – Warren Spahn #134 – The shop owner just bought a bunch of ’51 and 52′ Bowman from a guy who had collected them as a kid and taped them to pages. So, there is a small piece of tape on the top center of the card, and there is major corner wear, but the owner was just looking to get rid of it and said I could have it for $10. I had a choice of MANY cards, and was tempted by this one and a Yogi Berra. I thought the picture on this one was much cooler.
4) I think this card is better not only because it’s book value is higher, but also because it’s my first ever 50′s card, not to mention a HOF’er and that the picture is pretty cool. I’ve always wanted vintage but didn’t really think I could afford it. I’d rather have dinged vintage than no vintage at all, and I REALLY like this card.

Posted November 12, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

Sorry, forgot to leave a link to the image:
http://thedailydimwit.blogspot.com/2010/11/10-beckettcom-card-shop-challenge.html

1) Sam – Houston, TX – samuelpair@yahoo.com
2) Houston Sports Connection – http://www.houstonsportsconnection.net
3) I bought a 1952 Bowman – Warren Spahn #134 – The shop owner just bought a bunch of ’51 and 52′ Bowman from a guy who had collected them as a kid and taped them to pages. So, there is a small piece of tape on the top center of the card, and there is major corner wear, but the owner was just looking to get rid of it and said I could have it for $10. I had a choice of MANY cards, and was tempted by this one and a Yogi Berra. I thought the picture on this one was much cooler.
4) I think this card is better not only because it’s book value is higher, but also because it’s my first ever 50′s card, not to mention a HOF’er and that the picture is pretty cool. I’ve always wanted vintage but didn’t really think I could afford it. I’d rather have dinged vintage than no vintage at all, and I REALLY like this card.

Posted November 12, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Permalink
Rhys

Coes it have to be a brick and mortar store or can online/ebay stores be used?
Cheers

Posted November 15, 2010 at 2:32 am | Permalink

1. Name & location – Barry, Madison. blpawelek@gmail.com
image: https://flatsports.wordpress.com/2010/11/17/becketts-10-card-shop-challenge/

Details: No offense to my local shop, but there was nothing that caught my eye at the time. However, over the last couple days, I snagged these bad boys which seemed like a pretty good land to me …

Jack Dempsey Advertising Postcard ($3) – At he Crown Plaza Hotel in Madison this weekend, they were having a collectibles fair that advertised postcards, stamps, etc .. as well as non-sportscards. Ironically, I like to go to these places to find older sports material. The pickings were slim – some promotional Olympics material, random stamps, signed cards of recent players, but I did catch this postcard. I have seen other versions of Jack Dempsey postcards (advertising his NY restaurant in the 1950s — “where the food and friendliness are knockouts”) but never this one. Great shape, a retail price. Mine.

Joseph Addai signed cards ($6.50) – On EBay, I could not pass on the 2010 Topps Finest Joseph Addai Refractor Dual Jersey Autograph, serially numbered 25/75, which also includes additional 2010 Finest Addai dual jersey autograph (60/110). Granted, they were pretty much the same card, these types are in my wheelhouse. Signed, memorabilia, potential HOFer. Awesome price.

Posted November 17, 2010 at 12:22 am | Permalink
John Sorensen

1. John – Des Moines, IA
2. The Rookie – Windsor Heights, IA http://www.therookiesportscards.com
3. 1965 Topps Embossed Roberto (Bob) Clemente
image: http://showcase.netins.net/web/swanssy/bobclem65.jpg
4. I think this card is the better find for a few reasons. The gold embossing makes it stand out from nearly all other vintage baseball cards. It was also priced well below book value, (even half what they are going for on ebay) and is in Ex-Nmt condition. Plus, I enjoy collecting cards from Clemente so this one was special for me.

Posted November 19, 2010 at 12:47 am | Permalink
chrisolds

I’ll be looking over these entries as well as those at Beckett.com this weekend and set up a poll.

Posted November 19, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

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