After coming in and seeing a VG+-looking but ungraded 1965 Bob Gibson for $30, and almost springing for it, I caught my breath and realized I could look all day if I needed to, and didn't need to blow a third of my $100 budget in the first five minutes. The graded cards I saw - and there were a ton of them - were lovely, and completely unaffordable, and I'm completely and totally uninterested. I may buy a graded card someday, as long as I can break it out of that dumb protective plastic case and then file the card with the rest of mine.
So it was a bit of a card hemorrhage for me, for sure. You know how gamblers on a losing streak head over to the ATM and empty out their bank accounts to keep going? I wasn't quite that bad, but after I'd collected my pre-ordained $100 worth of cards, I did happen to go to the ATM in the mall next door and pull out another $30, like a chump. Then spent it. Guess what that means? No online or in-person card buying for the rest of 2021. No worries (for me) - I've got plenty of trades happening with wonderful human beings who actually read this blog.
I'll post some of the spoils from the Bay Area Sports Cards & Memorabilia Expo the next few posts, maybe 10-12 at a time. It was a blast. Mike Norris was there. Rick Barry was apparently supposed to be there. Card Hemorrhage was there.
I focused on vintage for most of the show, working as I am on 1965, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972 sets. Let's take a look at the '67s I procured - Mr. Joe Morgan above, and these guys below: