Overtime Cards was a treat. I found a dime box and made myself at home for a while, picking out cards I needed for my various collections. Dime boxes are unheard of in these parts, even at card shows, I was ecstatic. As I was digging, I came across an oddity that I had never seen before.
Oh, and the Thurman Thomas card? It turns out it's an oddball that could be obtained from Fleet Farm. According to Wikipedia, Fleet Farm is a retail chain with 37 stores in the Midwest. I'd never heard of it, but that stamp is the Fleet Farm logo. I'm glad I grabbed it when I did. There some other gems in the box, too.
Like vintage football! Granted, these cards are in pretty rough shape. All of the 1977s I picked out had the same "MK" marked in red pen. You can see the scuffing on Ken Stabler and Franco Harris. But still, vintage Hall of Famers in a dime box? I didn't even question these well-loved cards. The 1977 Lee Roy Selmon is a rookie, to boot. I've almost picked that card up on COMC before, but I can handle this copy.
More from the same 1976 and 1977 sets, this time in Packer green and gold.
More Packers, this time of the late 90s variety. This marks my first Doug Pederson card. He didn't play much for the Pack, but he did win a Super Bowl as a coach last year. The Dorsey Levens card is a serial numbered insert (a mere 8700 copies!).
I picked up some inserts, too. These three players all made the All-2000s team and eventually the Hall of Fame. I'm not a TO fan, so I'm trying to fill my All-Decade project with higher quality cards of him. If I've got to gather cards of him, I may as well make sure their quality.
The box was mostly football with some basketball. Baseball pickings were slim, but I did manage to find some needs from this year's Heritage.
The dime box said 12 cards for $1, so I picked out 108 cards. I figured that $9 of cards plus tax would be about right for the 10 spot I had in my wallet. I sat and chatted with Heidi for a while and then went to pay. She looked at my stack and said, "How about $5 for the stack?" All right! Just like that, the dime box turned into a nickel box. All the cards above set me back about five cents apiece. Overall, the experience was great. The discovery of a dime box + a great card conversation + a generous shop owner = a happy customer. Now I feel like I might have to make trips to the Salt Lake Valley more often--and leave myself some extra time to stop in for a true hobby experience at Overtime Cards.
And Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I'm truly grateful to be part of a community with whom I can share my hobby and that is made up of true collectors.