By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
It’s time for another version of the $10 Card Shop Challenge Are you ready? The deadline is Friday, June 15 …
Here is the back story — and the instructions are after the jump.
An after-work card shop visit long ago prompted a challenge to one of my Twitter followers, so 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. It’s time to do it again.
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 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). You can go over with taxes.
In a previous challenge, I landed a 1909 T206 common for a mere $9.50. Another time, 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 home run king commemorative — for just $5.50.
I’m headed to the card shop after I finish typing. I’ll post my entry in the comments below along with you guys.
Leave the following info in a comment below 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 the winner
We’ll field entries through Friday and will set up a poll for you to decide the winner right here once all entries are received on Saturday.
Are you ready to take the challenge?
Remember, our winner will win something cool … and it’ll cost more than $10, too.
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Check out the comments and then cast your vote below.
You choose: Who wins the $10 Card Shop Challenge? (voting ends next at midnight next Saturday)
- Tim Middaugh's 1952 Topps Hank Thompson (31%, 26 Votes)
- Stevie Lago's SPx Kendrick Perkins auto RC (25%, 21 Votes)
- Anthony D’Amalio's Yankees cards (13%, 11 Votes)
- Adam Levesque's Phil Rizzuto (6%, 5 Votes)
- William Newsome's Value box flip (retail) (5%, 4 Votes)
- Adam Schloesser's 1961 Golden Press Ty Cobb and Lou Gehrigs (4%, 3 Votes)
- Smoke911's Mike Trout (4%, 3 Votes)
- Josiah Cecil's Mantle from retail (4%, 3 Votes)
- Jake Schluter's Warren Spahn (2%, 2 Votes)
- Ben Aguirre's Garcia & Humber autos (2%, 2 Votes)
- Olds' Chris Sale card (2%, 2 Votes)
- Jonathan's Archives packs (retail) (2%, 2 Votes)
- Donnie Graham's Jennings-McCutchen & more … (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 84