Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Warehouse sale finds

Last weekend I ended up down at Bosco's for their big Warehouse sale. Bosco's is a local Comic/Card shop in here in Anchorage.  They also have a huge selection of Manga, role playing games, used video cames and dvd's and all sorts of nerdy collectibles.

 I was talking to the owner John during the sale and he pretty much said that he just wanted everything at the sale gone.  They were trying to reduce their warehouse space and it showed in how bargain basement the prices were.

They had a little of very thing there.  Graphic novels for a couple bucks, posters, comics, games, supplies, and of course sports cards.  I filled up a medium size box with goodies and here's what I got.

There were tons of the old Traded, Update, and other cool box sets from the 90's. At a buck a pop that was cheap enough for me.  Sure some of these sets are only worth $3 or so, but I didn't own them.
Couple 1989 Fleer Update sets.
1990 Topps Traded.  I picked up a few other Topps Traded sets at Bosco's last Warehouse sale years ago, but not a 1990 set.
The 1990 and 1991 Score Rookie and Traded sets. Possibly some of the most over produced card sets ever.
And while none of these cards are worth too much there are a few big name in the sets.

1991 Fleer update.
1989 and 1990 Upper Deck High Number series
1989 and 1990 Score Young Superstar box sets.  Yikes 8 bucks back in the day. Amazing what a few decades will do to the price.
There's a few guys I know in there.
And even though Hockey ain't my sport I did pick up a few Score box sets of those too.

When I look a checklist and I know at least 3 of the hockey players I think I'm doing good.

The best part about this set is that I think I only recognize 3 names on the checklist.
I also picked up a partial 1987 Donruss set. The three big cards weren't in the set and it was clearly marked as a broken set, but for $2 bucks I'll take it. Now I just have to hunt down the 3 cards I need to complete it.
Wow $80 for this set back in the day.

Most of the set was still in it's cellophane wrappers
I also picked up a few 1993 Series 2 vending boxes on the cheap. I'm slowly building all the sets I never bothered to put together. I was in my  second  year of college when this came out and I had better things to do and spend my money on at the time.
I also picked up a few of these. This is the 1987 Official USA team set, printed in 1990.  I mainly got it because it has Frank Thomas in it, but Jim Abbott is right there on top as well.

I also picked up a wax box of these odd balls.  I'm not a big soccer fan, but I'm an oddball lover and these were just too weird to pass up.
I had to look these up online to find out that they came out in 1990.

I was looking online and some of these can go for a few bucks, although that would be in England. I didn't open any up yet. In theory there should be a full set in the box with only 18 in the set and 24 per box, but 90's Topps collation is a bitch. Here's what one looks like that I found off the web. The whole box cast me $2.
I also found a couple there Classic sets for a buck a piece.
I was looking these up in my 2010 Standard Catalog and there is only one card worth anything in the set. Lets see if you can pick out which one it is from the checklist.
Found this complete 2002 NFL Showdown set. It was a dollar as well.
All the cards were still sealed up and there was even an 11 year old pack of batteries.
I grabbed a couple of these 1994 Skybox Harley-Davidson sets.
I also found some cool Pinnacle box sets.  You might remember these from back in the 90's. They look like condom boxes.

This set was by far the best with some big names in it. I ended up grabbing two each from these sets one for me and one to hang on to for future contest prizes.
This set is like so many future star sets. Most players don't pan out, but there are a few big names in here. Most notably Piazza, Ramirez, and Jones.

As a Packer fan it was hard to pass up a vintage team set for a quarter.  
But by far the best thing I found was this 1997 Pinnacle sales portfolio.  

With all the cards still intact.

The only reason I wanted this set was for that Frank Thomas Aura card, but I'll probably leave the set intact for now.
Of course the showcase of the inserts was the Spellbound, Artist Proof and Museum collection.  You'll notice that the corners have been cut off to signify that the cards were promos.
The info page was pretty cool too. If you want to know where the printing plate craze came from I think you can probably trace it back to here.  I wonder if anyone ever collected that bounty.  That would have been hard back in 1997, ebay and internet were around, but still pretty new.

And I payed a whole fifty cents for this. I wish I had more room for stuff it really was a great sale.   I'll be down at Bosco's this Wednesday for trade night, wish me luck I'm hoping I win the big drawing.


  1. Wow! Some great finds and some great deals. I may fly to Alaska just to find a Boscos.

  2. Those soccer head things are kind of creepy. I like it.

  3. Amazing purchases. Love the Pinnacle display and the Team USA set. But my favorite has to be those giant soccer heads... very, very cool.