It’s funny how things work out. I went to a big card show at the Convention Center in Rosemont last week. My cousin was in town visiting. He is in college, and came to Chicago to visit us and a cousin on the other side of his family who also lives near Chicago. I dropped him off at their house Sunday morning – they were 5 minutes from Rosemont. The discussion with my wife earlier in the week went something like this:
Wife: “Are you going to church Sunday?”
Me: “I have to drop Sam off, remember?”
So I did, and, what do you know, the convention center got in the way of my drive home. After about 10 minutes, I kind of regretted the decision. Not because I was missing church – I couldn’t have made it home by the time I’d dropped my nephew off anyways. More that I had spent money on parking and admission, but probably wasn’t going to have enough time to filter through everything that was there. I did find an honest-to-good dime box, and picked up 50 inserts. They were mostly from 2015 Topps, with a few 2016 cards sprinkled in. So that was 5 bucks, and I got a Mike Trout ML Debut insert for $2. A total of 51 cards for 7 bucks (14¢ per card). Not bad, but when you factor in the $15 parking and $10 admission – not nearly as good. 63¢ per card. I guess that’s not awful, but I bet I could have gotten a similar deal on COMC or Sportlots and saved the time.
I almost left before hitting a few last tables in the back. Glad I didn’t. Because I found another cheap box – this one was a quarter box. 3 quarter boxes actually. And as I was flipping through those boxes, I was actually a little sad because there were so many cards in the boxes that I now had but had experienced a lot of trouble tracking down over the years. Cards like 1995 League Leaders. 1996 Topps ProFiles. A few other cards from 1996-2002 Topps. But I had all the ones I was seeing. Until I got to the 3rd box, I only had about 4 cards. And I had a buzzing phone from my wife wondering why I wasn’t home when they got back (she’s fine with my card escapades – what she’s not fine with is me not communicating them!).
But the 3rd box was something of a jackpot. I found quite a few cards I needed, and there was 1 card from the 1996 Topps Power Boosters set. It was this card:
1996 Topps Power Boosters #18 – Tony McKnight
I need just 1 more card from this set, and I have an eBay search for it. The rookie portion of these cards are just really hard to track down. They aren’t valuable or anything, but I just can’t seem to find them. Probably because they’re all buried in dime boxes like this. These cards have sat on my wantlist since I opened my 1996 boxes in 2012. So almost 4 years. That’s a long time! And the luck that this specific one was the one here? Well, it made the trip worth it!
Here’s the updated Elusive Eight, just in case anyone has these cards available! Remember – the pictures are the photos I have of other cards in the set. Since I don’t have them, I don’t have actual photos yet!
2012 Topps Archives Combos – #58-CK – Cabrera/Kaline
2012 Topps Archives Combos – #58-YE – Yaz/Ellsbury
I’m 2 cards away from the Combos set that was a retail-only insert in 2012 Topps Archives. These 2 cards have been added after I got the McKnight and the Juan Lebron card below over the past 2 weeks.
1996 Topps Power Boosters #21 – Jim Scharrer
2012 Topps Archives In Action #82IA-JE – Jacoby Ellsbury
1998 Topps Focal Points #11 – Chuck Knoblauch
2013 Gypsy Queen #218 – Adam Wainwright
1996 Topps Masters of the Game #15 – Kirby Puckett
1995 Topps Pre-Production Spectralite #PP5 – Travis Fryman
Here are some other cards that would be knocking on the door to make the list. 3 of them have been on the list at some point in the past, but were bumped to make room for the Power Boosters cards.
2001 Topps MVP redemption set – a very expensive set, I have about 10 of the 25 cards
2003 Topps Nolan Ryan Record Breaker – 5 very difficult cards to go
2003 Topps Traded – 5 cards to go
2004 Topps – 5 cards to go
2012 Topps – the Bryce Harper 661 card
2012 Allen & Ginter Giants of the Deep #14 – Bottlenose Whale