What a weekend! We went out of town to the Dayton Autumn Festival/Celebration (depending on what year it is) in Dayton, VA, my hometown. It’s mostly what you would expect: arts and crafts, tons of funnel cake, country music. The crafts interested me, and it’s so much of a tradition that I try to attend at least once every few years, but in the past there had always been this guy who sold things that weren’t quite antiques but weren’t quite junk. THAT was what I was hoping to find, and damned if he wasn’t out there again. He had some way overpriced junk wax (5 bucks for an 89 Score Tom Glavine? No thanks!), but I had a feeling he might have some undervalued treasure. Sure enough, I found a package of these things: These are tintype photographs, which were made by a process of emulsion onto a metallic surface. This made them process very quickly, kind of a Polaroid of the early photography period. They started making these in the 1850s, and the process was pretty much done with by the early 1900s, so I knew he had something special here. There was a package of 8 that he wanted 15 for, which I was quite willing to pay, being something of an amateur photography buff, but when he saw me holding it, he said he’d take ten dollars, which I was quite happy to fork over. I’ll be doing a post on the entire series, even if they’re not sports-related, because I think they’re damned fascinating. We also found an old emporium that sold ancient books and magazines. The guy who ran it was desperate for money, so I felt pretty awful taking every Sports Illustrated I could find that related to baseball off of his hands for $11 total. These things ranged from 1960 to 1965 at the “newest”. Here’s the cover of the oldest one I could find: I’ll be writing a series of posts on these magazines. Oh, and I also scored a 1969 Ernie Banks and 1970 Johnny Bench All Star card for a song from an antiques mall. All in all, it was one hell of a weekend for vintage finds. So the Nationals and the Redskins won last night. Am I happy? Yeah, pretty much ecstatic. When I realized how close the season was to ending, I wanted just one thing: for the Nationals to win their last game of the season. I know it was kind of an empty, symbolic thing, but I didn’t care. Sometimes empty, symbolic things are all we really have, anyway. And hey, the Redskins looked great yesterday, for once! There is hope after all. Now to cheer the Giants through the playoffs…
Had a moment of reflection this weekend on whether I have a problem when it comes to baseball cards. I’m still pondering this issue. There are some hallmarks of it, in that I have spent more than I meant to on more than one occasion, and on things that I really just shouldn’t have bought (blaster boxes are a particular trap). I can’t deny that’s an issue. But at the same time, examining them and writing about them are really healthy outlets for me. Well, I’ll just keep an eye on it.
Okay, now for the blog roundup…
- The Mojo Hand looked at the quality of players’ autographs. That Rollie Fingers auto makes me want to collect his stuff, let me tell you.
- Foul Bunt looked at a Dusty Rhodes card.
- Voice of the Collector looked at the effects of Operation Bullpen and one of the more shocking cases of memorabilia fraud.
- Baseball Cards Come to Life talked to Noah Lowry about baseball cards.
- Collective Troll posted a trade post that DOESN’T SUCK. FOR REALS.
- Project Baseball 1976 looked at Rich Coggins and his thousand-yard stare.
- The Daily Dimwit picked up some sweet swag from the local card shop.
- JD’s Wild Cardz pulled a 2009 SP Mystery Cuts redemption card. Interested to see what comes from this…
- Sign Here…and Here showed off stuff from a trade with Beardy.
- Night Owl Cards continued the card back countdown with 1961 Topps.
- Kevin at Mojo and Beardy showed off his first autographed card. It’s a surprise as to who it is…
- SpastikMooss opened a hilarious pack of WILDC.A.T.S. cards over at a Pack To Be Named Later.
- 30-Year-Old Cardboard offered a great recap of the Andre Dawson Firesale.
- Thorzul threw open the doors to Nightmares on Cardboard 3! Can’t wait to see how this year’s edition goes.
- SpastkiMooss also opened a pack of 1993 Donruss at a Pack to be Named Later.
- The Beckett Blog examined the odds for 2010 Topps Chrome. Fingers crossed for this one!
- The Middle Child had a lightbulb moment!
- Shoebox Legends showed what can be bought with Blaster box money at a local card shop.
- Foul Bunt opened a box of 1992 Topps.
And that’s all she wrote. Have a great day…