After thinking it over, I came to the conclusion "What else do I have going on this fine saturday morning?" NOTHING! So, I made the trek...and I'm glad I did.
Aside from getting lost (which is a fairly normal occurance for tanmanbaseballfan), it was a decent drive. I knocked on the door, and they took me to the back room. What I saw was pretty amazing. 70 to 80 binders - all of them were the really nice and thick ultra pro binders, too - not those ratty ones that people typically use that were left over from their junior high homework assignments. I looked around and was thinking wow ... there has got to be at least $1,000 worth of pages and binders in here!
|Pure joy going through everything. Thought the Berkman fans would like this.|
What is more interesting, is that the owner of them took the time to sort the binders alphabetically. That's right ... if a player's last name started with an "A", it was in the "A" binder, and so on. It was really something I had never seen before. It is something weird to find a 1992 Fleer Pat Listach right next to a 2007 bowman Tim Lincecum, or a 1993 Upper Deck Derek Jeter right next to a 1990 Donruss Chris James.
|Some of the goods...Yes, that is an A-Rod Artist Proof.|
Boy, if I had a penny everytime I had so many cards in my car that it was borderline a hinderance to being able to see the road, I'd be a rich man!
As I got home, I found my wife in the office on my computer, and in a sweaty mess, I made what must have been a dozen trips up and down the stairs, filling my office with these binders. From there on, I decided to go through the binders - page by page - to see what treasures were in store for me.
Among them were, multiple Jeter rookies, Arod rookies, Griffey rookies, Bonds rookies ... even bowman rookies of Albert Pujols and Ryan Howard! There were many newer cards of players I had never heard of, so I had to be careful and look them all up if I hadn't heard of them before. Many times I would find some mini treasures.
As I went through them, I would sell off the binders with the cards I didn't want, so I didn't have to just "accumulate" them. (Despite the fact that I have millions of cards ... though not at my location ... I loathe accumulating things.)
|Picture this...only, times two.|
When all the dust settled, I was able to sell all the binders of cards, keep many of the binders for future deals, and kept boxes worth of stars, rookies, inserts, etc. Interestingly enough, the cards that I pulled were a part of the 6,000,000 card deal I had made!