Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Estate Sale Treasure Hunting

One lousy post per month since the new year? Terrible.

But wait, I've got plenty of excuses. However, they entirely revolve around waiting for a baby to show up. Just a momentary shift in priorities, or at least that's what I keep telling myself.

So anyway, back to the story. I was out this weekend with my wife, running some errands and she saw a sign for an estate sale. She loves going to these things, looking around for random things.

I took a quick tour of the house. The sale had been going on for at least a day and things were picked over pretty well. I ended up in a room with a ton of 1987 and 1991 Twins gear. Sweatshirts, Wheaties boxes - all the standard stuff you'd expect to find just outside of Minneapolis.

I almost didn't notice a small cardboard mailer with what I thought at first were just baseball photos. Turns out they were Master Photos from the 1993 Topps Stadium Club set. I don't want to ruin the surprise, because honestly, this is going to get much cooler than former Yankee Sam Militello.

As a second side note, the scanner didn't do these cards justice. My goal is to rattle off the 6 "cards" I found over the next 6 days.

In the meantime, has anyone else every seen these? From what I can tell, it looks like they were mailed from Topps to the previous owner sometime back in 1993. I'm very curious to hear if anyone else has some of these photos and the story behind them.


  1. The Troll sent me one of Nolan Ryan recently.

  2. Sweet! I've got a few doozies coming. I was very excited. It's all I can do not to ruin the surprises.

  3. I had a bunch... There were Master Photo redemption cards inserted 1:24. You mailed them off and got these in return. There was also a way that you could get 3 packs of the photos. I did a box break with '93 Topps Stadium Club and I bought some Master Photos on ebay to include in peoples team packages. I think they are really neat. Some cards are sealed seperately, some are packed 3 cards to a pack. Anyway... There does exist a Danny Tartabull master photo that I still want and need.... Nice found. Wish I knew more.

  4. I'm never going to make it the full 6 days, I'm going to crack. No! I won't! (I will). Sigh.

    I might.

    Can't wait. This should be fun.

  5. Suspense... I love it!!! They are really neat cards though. Make sure you check to see if you have a package of 1 or 3 cards. I have seen both.

  6. There are 6 cards in total. Unfortunately I didn't get to scan in a new one this morning before I left for work so I'll have to post it this evening.

  7. I have about 17 of them with a few duplicates.I won't mention names so as not to spoil your fun !I have no Cleveland Indians though.

  8. 17! My goodness. There are what, 30 or 50 total.

    If you see one you need/want, just let me know, we can work out a trade I'm sure.