I spent the weekend visiting my daughter and doing family things.
That usually means time away from the blog and cards in general, but fortunately my daughter wanted to check out the antique mall and that means checking out the card bowl!
If you don't remember, or haven't been following along, that is a ceramic bowl (or maybe it's wooden -- I don't know, I was distracted by cards) I found in a shop. That bowl contained individual vintage cards priced right.
I visited the shop again yesterday, and while the wife and daughter entered and turned right, I immediately turned left and headed to the right corner, There, I found the familiar display case of mostly Yankees cards that I either wasn't interested in or were out of my price range. I quickly looked toward the table in the center where the bowl was. But there was no bowl.
Then I spotted a few nine-pocket pages of football cards over on a side shelf by a window. The first page contained 1977 Topps football cards, which is a good way to draw my interest even if I've completed the set already. (The rest of the football cards were Pro Sets).
I then glanced to my right, where there were pages of mid-to-late '70s and early '80s baseball cards. Nothing I needed there, but -- silly me -- in switching my glance from football pages to baseball pages, I skipped right over The Bowl!
There it was, right under the window, with some sweetly discounted vintage commons.
That is what I grabbed this time (plus the '76 Palmer at the top of the post, just because it's always been a cool card).
I can't say why I selected these, other than the 1969 Topps because I like to believe I'm collecting the set in the most indifferent way possible. I'm not even trying to complete anything else here and barely know most of the players (weirdly, this is the second straight post with a Joe Horlen card).
I'm simply attracted to discounted vintage. It seems like a no-brainer. Do I have it? No? Then take it!
In my usual fashion, I didn't buy everything else in the bowl. I know some collectors would have swept everything out of there, all of the bowl's contents, the pages, even if they didn't need any of the cards for their collection.
But I can't do that. Also, I was spending enough money on this weekend, driving, lodging, dinner, so some of y'all are staying in the bowl (mostly it was '62s, so many crew-cuts in that set that bother me more and more every passing year).
As I mentioned the last time, I'm always tempted to buy some old record albums when I'm there, but hold back every time because of the potential for cards.
As long as that bowl is stocked, I am stoked.