He had a great assortment of Topps inserts and parallels, and was always happy to cut a deal. That was when I first learned of the existence of serial numbered cards, and I still have the scarce 2003 Topps Chrome X-fractors I purchased during that first visit.
|2003 Topps Chrome X-Fractors #183 Aubrey Huff /50|
With cards like this, I'd make a beeline for his table during subsequent shows, and was always able to find cards from stellar sets like 2001/2002 Topps Archive Reserves various Topps Finest sets.
Given that mall shows don't really happen anymore, (in fact, the Westminster Mall was torn down several years ago), Christian took it upon himself to start setting up his own card shows in a rented hotel conference room on a monthly basis. A couple weekends ago, I spent a few hours at the June show and walked away with plenty of great cardboard, as well as a Carlos Gonzalez OYO mini-figure, which is now on my shelf at work.
|There's a miniature ball and glove, too|
I didn't have a ton of time, as there was another table I wanted to visit (more on that in an upcoming post), but here are some of the highlights I picked out.
|2004 Bowman Heritage #158 Randy Johnson|
|2007 Topps Moments & Milestones #12-6 Greg Maddux (Wins 6) /150|
But hey, serial number. If you want a /1 in your collection, this would be the set to go for.
Anyway, how about something a bit easier to explain? Like a metal card.
|1996 Leaf Preferred Steel Gold #50 Charles Johnson|
|2000 Upper Deck MVP Scout's Choice #SC6 Nick Johnson|
Besides all those singles, I spent just $15 on one of my favorite collectibles – a complete factory set, this one of 1994 UD Collector's Choice.
|1994 Collector's Choice #96 Scott Erickson|
Of course, Christian's table didn't have the only discount boxes in the room. Come back next time for a look at Adam's table.