As I mentioned previously on the blog, we took a trip to Nashville about a month ago to see my brother and his girlfriend. It's a city that I love for many reasons, and last year when we went to visit I found one more bonus: there's still a great card shop left in town. You'll have to do a little hunting, but eventually you can find Cards-R-Fun a little to the south of the city, and it's boxes on boxes of cards and oddballs and assorted memorabilia.
I had asked my wonderful wife if I could have a little time to slip off to the shop one morning whilst everyone was sleeping in (as I managed to do last year). It was my intention to put a significant dent into my Astros needs.
Last year it took me nearly an hour to work my way to the back of the shop where I found dime boxes in mostly sorted chunks of sets. This year, I wasted little time, chatting with the owner for a few moments and browsing the oddballs for Astros and Pirates stuff before making a beeline for the back, where I camped out for a good while. One of the first boxes that drew my eye had a couple rows of late 70s Topps, and I jumped at the chance to upgrade this fantastic card from Larry Dierker's last season.
All in all, I had another great extended dig that ended far too soon. I managed to check off quite a few more Astros, but I'll spare you the gory details of the stack of nearly 100 cards that I pulled.
What I will do, however, is come back tomorrow with a post about some of the great non-Astros I pulled from the stacks.