In the last two years I have found myself spending a lot of time in front a stack of monster boxes with rows and rows of cards for 25 cents.
Reading some blogs, other collectors swear by the dime boxes and the quarter boxes. Until recently I thought it was a waste of time, but I was also impatient. Many vendors have boxes filled with all types of cards, and if I see a row of red (1990 Donruss) or yellow (1991 Fleer), I’m moving on.
But…if you give those boxes a chance, you just might find some needles in a haystack. At the Chicago Sports Spectacular last year, I found a couple booths with fantastic deals, so that’s exactly where I went a few weeks ago at the same show held in Rosemont, Illinois.
One table I spent between three and four hours with a chair and piled card after card on an empty spot at the table. The pile grew, and grew, and grew. There were a bunch of cards that probably were not worth a quarter (Cubs, of course), but I pulled out a bunch of cards for trade bait.
I pulled out a relic of Joba Chamberlain, and it’s something I had never seen before, nor even knew existed. It’s a ticket relic. What a neat idea. It was a cool card, and to be honest using it as trade bait didn’t even enter my mind. I just thought it was a pretty cool card, and if I found a Cubs relic, I likely would have put the Chamberlain back in the box.
After returning home, I began posting pictures of some of my “hits” on Twitter. I couldn’t believe the response this Chamberlain card received, and had at minimum three people wanting to trade.
Paul in Michigan offered up an awesome package and much more than I was expecting. The trade package was highlighted by this 2019 Topps Yu Darvish blue parallel numbered 9/50.
AND…a Jorge Soler 2016 Gypsy Queen jersey relic.
Wait…there’s more. A 2019 Topps Gallery National Baseball Card Day of Kris Bryant.
Holy Cow! I told Paul I would add some extra Detroit Tigers in his trade package, because this was too good for the relic card I picked out for a quarter because it looked cool.
Paul also sent some extras, including a 2013 Chicago Cubs pocket schedule. I’m a sucker for pocket schedules.
What a trade. From now on, I’ll have to be more cognizant of potential trade bait hits in these boxes. Kelly in Washington sent a package with some Cubs hits. Like thisn 2013 Bowman Chrome Rock Shoulders blue refractor numbered 170/250. Rock Shoulders. Such a great name.
And, I had to show off this hoss. Rod Beck, may he rest in peace. He was a great Cubs pitcher.
One Million Cubs Project Stats
Monday’s (12/2/2019) Cards: 98
Monday’s (12/2/2019) Packages: 2
January’s Cubs Count: 9,343
February’s Cubs Count: 8,980
March’s Cubs Count: 15,704
April’s Cubs Count: 11,651
May’s Cubs Count: 7,273
June’s Cubs Count: 7,690
July’s Cubs Count: 10,803
August’s Cubs Count: 11,929
September’s Cubs Count: 9,127
October’s Cubs Count: 15,675
November’s Cubs Count: 26,705
December’s Cubs Count: 98
Total Trades/Donations: 312
Trade States of Origin:
New Hampshire (2)
New Jersey (15)
New Mexico (4)
New York (29)
North Carolina (6)
Rhode Island (2)
South Carolina (2)
West Virginia (7)
Countries of Origin