Wednesday, March 19, 2014

First Dime Box Card Show: Theorizing in Blue

Let's step into the card blog laboratory, slip on the goggles, and see what happens, in theory, when a Dodger fan sets loose the Dime Box King at a card show...

2013 Bowman Rookie Reprint Blue Sapphire Refractors Matthew Kemp LAD #MK

He gets the odd sensation of getting a cool reprint of a card that he doesn't have, even though he started collecting a quarter of a century before the original was produced.

2013 Bowman Platinum Clayton Kershaw LAD #23
2013 Bowman Platinum Matt Kemp LAD #20

He gets what he would have been hoping to find had he been able to afford to buy more than a couple of packs of super-shiny Bowman Platinum cards last year.

2008 Just Minors Pedro Baez LAD #3
2008 TRISTAR Prospects Plus Kyle Russell Ogden Raptors #121
2013 Bowman Prospects Hometown Zach Bird LAD #BP61

He gets sweet-looking Dodgers minor league cards of guys playing for teams like the Ogden Raptors.

2003 Donruss Diamond Kings Adrian Beltre LAD #108
1999 Fleer/SkyBox Metal Universe Adrian Beltre Building Blocks LAD #262
1999 Fleer/SkyBox Metal Universe Neophytes Adrian Beltre LAD #15

He gets more great Adrian Beltre cards, perhaps the best thing about catching up with the cards he missed at the turn of the century.

1999 Topps Stadium Club Chan Ho Park LAD #112
1999 Fleer/SkyBox Metal Universe Jeff Shaw LAD #89

He gets one of the cards that he was hoping (in vain) to get in a group break that he joined recently, because the bubble makes it one of the coolest Dodgers cards of the '90s. (Too specific?)

2003 Topps Blue Backs Shawn Green LAD #BB30
1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice Raul Mondesi International Flavor LAD #328

He gets more great Dodgers cards. (Too generic?)

1994 Upper Deck Mike Piazza Fantasy Team LAD #33
1994 Topps Stadium Club Eric Karros LAD #240

He gets mostly cards that he needs, but appreciates getting even the few that he already had because he'll be happy to send them along to someone who needs them.

1987 O-Pee-Chee Steve Sax LAD #254
1987 O-Pee-Chee Orel Hershiser LAD #385

He gets cards from Canada that look remarkably like the ones he got in the US when he was 17 years old.

1982 Louisville Slugger Pedro Guerrero LAD

And he gets one of the few Louisville Slugger cards that he didn't manage to sneak off of a glove at the local Big 5 when he was a kid! If our hypothetical Dodger fan had known at the time that, theoretically, a dude who hadn't been born yet, and who would run something called a "blog," could potentially find these things for him one day, he could, in theory, have avoided petty larceny.

In short, our imaginary Dodger fan gets a boat-load of beautiful blue cardboard. He is, hypothetically, very grateful to Nick and his discerning eye for great cards. And that's before he takes a look at the vintage stuff! Stay tuned to see what our hypothetical friend might expect in that vein. I'd be willing to bet that he'd be thrilled... in theory.


  1. The history behind that Louisville Slugger card is tripping me out.

    1. Yeah, not one of my proudest moments. But when you see an Orel Hershiser card connected to a $30 glove that you don't need and can't afford, what's a poor pre-teen to do!?

  2. That Guerrero was one of the coolest oddballs I found at the show. I once, um..."borrowed" a few of the cards that used to come with the Sports Illustrated for Kids magazines at my school's library, so I know where you're coming from with wanting those Louisville Slugger singles.

  3. Envious of that Chan Ho Stadium Club card. Been trying to snag that for a decent price for a long time.