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A Unique Find

My find at Meijer

This weekend I was down in Lafayette to see both Purdue basketball games play. You can read about those games here if you like. I was housesitting for my brother for the weekend so I was in Lafayette with not much to do on Friday and Saturday. I went for a trip to Meijer to pick up some 2011 Topps cards. While browsing through their card stacks I noticed a couple of odd packs sitting on the shelf by themselves. One was a pack of 1986 Donruss All Stars with a pop up card of Darryl Strawberry on top. I flipped it over, and a Harold Baines card was on the back. Right then I knew I had to try and get this pack. The other was a 1988 Donruss cello pack. No stars visible, but I thought it would be cool to open. I don’t know how they got on the shelf. Meijer doesn’t sell the boxes of wax packs like you see at Target or other stores. Maybe they have started and these came out of there. I took the packs along with a couple 72 card boxes of 2011 Topps up to the front to check out. My 2011 cards checked out fine, but of course the UPC bars on the older packs did not work. The young man called to the back, and the employee was stumped as well. I bought the 2011 Topps, and took the two packs to the back to get the story on them. The girl did not know what to do so she sold them to me for the price on the packs…sort of. I got the ’88 Donruss cello for the 99 cents that was on the front. She sold the ’86 Donruss to me for 50 cents since no price was on them. I wanted that Baines card so I paid the 50 cents for that.

The 1986 Donruss All Star cards

The big cards were the first that I opened. I already knew that I had the Strawberry and Baines, but what were the other two? It turned out to be a pair of Tom’s from the 80’s. Tommy Herr and Tom Brunansky. This may not have been worth 50 cents, but I wanted the Baines card, and the Strawberry pop up was cool as well. Mabye I could get something really good in the ’88 Donruss pack. Here are the contents of the pack:

  • Hank Aaron puzzle piece
  • Darryl Strawberry pop up
  • Harold Baines
  • Tom Brunansky
  • Tommy Herr


The contents of the 1988 Donruss cello pack

As I started to open the ’88 Donruss cello pack I was thinking about what cards could be a big hit. I realized that some good cards were in the set, but no real big dollar cards. I may be in for disappointment. In the front of the picture are the cards that I thought were the better cards. This should tell you how I did. One Hall of Famer in Kirby Puckett. One White Sox card (a Jack McDowell rated rookie though), a former Sox player (local boy Ron Kittle), and two 80’s names in Eric Davis and Terry Pendleton. I also got a card of current Cubs announcer Bob Brenly. Other than that this pack was a dud. It was cool to open the cello pack again. The find was worth the 99 cents though for the smell. These cards had that smell that I remember as a kid. The current cards don’t have that smell. I need to find some retro cards every spring to bring me back to my childhood. Here are the cards that were in the cello pack:

  • Jack McDowell (rated rookie)
  • Ron Kittle
  • Kirby Puckett
  • Eric Davis
  • Terry Pendleton
  • Bob Brenly
  • Gary Pettis
  • Jim Clancy
  • Terry McGriff
  • Bruce Ruffin
  • Jerry Royster
  • Jeff Blauser
  • Tom Candiotti
  • Phil Bradley
  • Stan Jefferson
  • Jay Howell
  • Rick Aguilera
  • Glenn Hubbard
  • Jimmy Jones
  • Ken Schrom
  • Milt Thompson
  • Scott Bailes
  • Jerry Mumphrey
  • Tim Belcher
  • John Cerutti
  • Rob Deer
  • Sid Bream
  • Floyd Youmans
  • Ted Power
  • Angel Salazar
  • Marvell Wynne
  • Mike Pagliarulo
  • Doug Jones
  • Dave Meads
  • Mike Kingery
  • (2) Stan Musial puzzle pieces

One response

  1. Not bad. Royster had a short stint with the Sox the year before. Bradley and Belcher would both be on the Sox in a few years. Floyd Youmans was the pitching coach a few years ago for the Joliet Jackhammers. Kudos on finding the Black Jack rookie!

    February 22, 2011 at 12:13 am

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