Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Mountaineer Mine #2 - Major Harris


2011 Press Pass Legends Saturday Signatures Platinum #SSMH Major Harris
WHO:  Major Harris

WHEN:  1987 - 1989

WHERE:  from Pittsburgh, PA

WHY (this card):  The only thing that made me consider a different card was the lack of the flying WV on the helmet.  It's blue, /25 and an on-card autograph.  I wish I still had my autograph from when he and three others signed autographs at a Cub Scout banquet.

LINK:  Major Harris: The Original Dual-Threat

LINK:  College Hall of Fame: WVU's Harris was 'The Man' in the late '80s

LINK:  A Storied History: 1988 WVU football team


HOW (is he remembered):  If you were a kid in the state of West Virginia in the late 1980s, Major Harris was probably your favorite football player.  He led the Mountaineers to an 11-0 record in 1988 and into the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame.  He was injured during the game and the Mountaineers lost 34-21.

Harris finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in both 1988 and 1989.  He was named an All-American in 1989.  He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

I'll always remember Major for his performance against Penn State on October 29, 1988.  It was my first football game and by many is considered one of the greatest games in West Virginia history.  I remember it for how cold it was (the coldest I ever recall being) and "The Run" by Harris.  WVU defeated Penn State 51-30.  It is the only time that an opponent scored 50 points on a Joe Paterno Penn State team.



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Friday, September 22, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 1986 Topps Traded #28T Tim Conroy

Probably not one of my better dime box buys.  I grabbed a bunch of 1986 Topps Traded one day.  

1986 Topps Traded #28T Tim Conroy
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So Close

Yesterday the Auston Matthews Canvas Young Guns that I submitted to BGS came back.  While I'm thrilled it came back a 10, I can't help feeling just a little disappointed.


It came back three 10 subgrades and the fourth is a 9.5.  Just one small, minor point away from the black label.  Ah well.  Now I just need to find a buyer.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 1994 Action Packed #14 Phil Nevin

It appeared for awhile that Phil Nevin would go down as another overall #1 pick bust, but he ultimately had a 12-year career.  His power numbers started to soar in 1999 (*wink* *wink*) and in 2001 he bashed 41 homers for the Padres.  

I took a look at his wikipedia page and found this interesting:

"The Houston Astros chose Nevin with the first overall pick in the 1992 Major League Baseball draft.  Hal Newhouser, a scout for the Astros, had evaluated Derek Jeter extensively prior to the draft. Convinced that Jeter would anchor a winning team, Newhouser lobbied team management to select Jeter, and quit in protest over the Astros' decision to take Nevin instead."


Oops.  

1994 Action Packed #14 Phil Nevin
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The Lost Post

I picked this up a few weeks ago at a card show, but with maildays and other posts, it's fallen through the cracks.  Plus, it was on the side table in the bedroom.  If any cards go there, they tend to go AWOL.  



I felt I was probably paying too much at $10 for this, but it is something different.  You don't see them every day.  Writing this post I decided to look on eBay and see what going rate is.  

I learned that this isn't a normal rack pack.  Those have 50 or so cards in them and look different.  I found this ended listing that lists it as a "grocery rack pack" and sold for $55.  It had a Joe Montana passing leaders card showing so I'm sure that bumped the price significantly.  It still made me feel better at spending $10.  This one doesn't have a star listed as showing and sold for $22.  Yeah, I'm pleased.  

This is the perfect example of why I don't understand collectors that prefer buying online to going to card shows.  I know there aren't shows everywhere.  I'm talking about ones that have the option of attending shows and choose not to.  This isn't something I'd have ever searched for, so I'd never have it.  Now, I do.  

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 2001 Topps Chrome #603 Alex Escobar/Eric Valent/Brad Wilkerson

2001 Topps Chrome #603 Alex Escobar/Eric Valent/Brad Wilkerson

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Bowman. Bronze. Buyback.


This is the first Russ Davis buyback that I've received in hand.  I also have purchased the silver, but on COMC.  It may be awhile before it's in-hand.  The only other buybacks I'm sure are out there are silver and bronze copies of his 1999 Topps card.  I feel there should be more.  Hopefully some will surface.  

2017 Bowman Bronze Buyback - 1993 Bowman #342 Russ Davis
Ar least now I have another "oddball" 1993 Bowman to pair with this one I bought a few years back. 


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