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    2018 National Pickups

    Finally got around to scanning my pickups from the national this year. Overall I had a good time. Had a good amount of pickups, but didn't spend as much money as I expected. I saw a lot of the same dealers I've bought stuff from in the past and ended up buying from a lot of the same people.

    So to start out, I got the Super VIP package so I ended up with double VIP card sets. If anyone is interested in those let me know. The one surprise out of the cards was this one:
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    There was a big promo at the national for this book. I guess the card was signed by the author. I was comparing it with some of the other promo cards the people next to me received and noticed that not all of these were signed. Not sure how many were, but it was cool to end up with a surprise. If someone is interested in it let me know.

    In terms of pickups, I'll save most of the bagwell cards I picked up for the Bagwell collector thread, but did want to share one:
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    I picked this up from Burbank. This was the first year they set up at the National as sellers. They mostly had lower end parallels and numbered cards, but did have a small amount of higher end cards and this happened to be one of them. I have been watching this card on ebay for the last 10 years or so. It's been the same price that whole time, with no ability to make an offer. I was able to talk to one of the guys at the table and we were able to come to a price that I thought was reasonable for the card, which had seemed like would never happen. As I talked I asked if they would be able to make some deals on cards they didn't bring. He told me not at this time, but they were going to rescan their entire inventory, which hopefully means no more stock photos. Also they would be listing everything with the ability to make offers on their cards. Hopefully this is good news to all collectors. I'm hoping that I can pick up a few other cards they have been holding hostage for the last many years.

    Had a large variety of pickups:
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    One seller had all 6 of these, so I was able to work out a decent deal. Really like these cards with the on card auto and all are hand numbered to 50 on the back

    I bought a couple of the blowout supermix national box deals. One was a couple boxes of basketball cards. I don't do basketball at all so I was at least able to sell them to someone to get most of my money back. The other mystery turned out to be a box of 2012 prime cuts baseball so I was excited about that. 2 cards in the box, one was a rookie auto of someone i didn't recognize the other was this:
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    All 4 are single color patch pieces #'d 10/25, I don't think I have an Jackie Robinson GU cards so this will be a nice addition to my collection

    I did find some gems in the dollar boxes again this year. Nothing to rival the Ripken Wild Vinyl from last year but still some good finds.
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    These have a print run of 20 sets and according to the box odds are inserted at 1:171 packs. I bet they are even more hard to find given that a lot of people don't notice they are different than the base cards

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    Picked these up out of various dollar boxes. The Dominion Double play warp tek cards are 1:900 and the new era are 1:300 packs. Also can't complain about a essential credentials now of Rolen for $1

    Was able to get this for my Ohio state Football collection:
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    Not sure how many of these cards are inscribed with the Go Buckeyes, but the print run is usually really low. Card was priced as if it was a regular auto

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    I've always wanted a Pettite Auto in a Astros Uni so this checked that box and the price was reasonable. Also didn't have a Pujols Auto in my collection and was able to get a decent deal on this one. For some reason this Pujols auto is a really memorable card, maybe because it was on the boxes or pictured in beckett or something like that

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    Most of these are random pickups from the show, mostly for sets I'm working on, some just because I liked them. The Schmidt from 2002 playoff POOG is an SP/50 and the Pudge patch is also a SP from that set

    The last day of the show I was able to get a few steals from boxes as people were discounting cards. Picked all for of these up for $5 each
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    Also got 2 of these in a $0.25 box
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    Both are the Rainbow /100

    All in all I had a good time at the show. Was able to work out some sort of deal for most cards that i saw that I wanted, specifically the few Bagwell pickups I had. Look forward to next year in Chicago

    Dan
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    That's a wealth of late 90's early 00's goodness there! The Fleer Future set is beautiful; awesome to be able to grab a whole bunch of those at once!

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    Those Fleer Futures bat autograph cards are gorgeous. I miss Fleer so much.
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    Bats to the Future Autos are tough to find, great pickups!
    Your others are awesome too, well done!

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    Very cool, what were the VIP card sets?


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    awesome stuff! love the 90's stuff
    I need that Pujols and sellers have been holding it hostage on Ebay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelstepper View Post
    awesome stuff! love the 90's stuff
    I need that Pujols and sellers have been holding it hostage on Ebay.
    They really are. I got a much better price than what they are listed for right now

    Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMet View Post
    Very cool, what were the VIP card sets?


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