There are generally only two ways I acquire baseball cards. One is trading with bloggers; the other is buying cards secondhand from garage sales, street vendors, flea markets, etc. I almost never buy cards from online retailers. I have used Amazon gift money on cards in the past, and once made a big eBay purchase as the cards were a great price. I am not the kind of person to make an impulse buy on cards (or anything else, really). But when I saw Nick's recent Dime Boxes post on the late 1980's Spokane Indians sets with photos taken at the mall, I knew I had to have them immediately. I love minor league baseball cards, I like cards with photos, and I have developed an interest in old retail, so these cards couldn't have been more in my wheelhouse.
I did a little research and found a site called STB Sports which seems to carry just about every minor league team set out there, and at pretty reasonable prices - including shipping the sets came out to under $20. I was a little nervous about using a site I had never heard of but the cards were shipped quickly and with no issues.
Sets like these have to be savored, so I will be showing each and every one of these cards in their own post, writing a little something about the card and the photo they are in.
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