Monday, August 15, 2016

Seager Smooth- 2016 Topps Chrome

I was trying to resist spending more money on cards, but this was a deal I just couldn't pass up.  While I'm not a big fan of the 2016 Topps design, I really wanted a chrome Seager rookie auto.  The blue chrome would have been ideal, but they are selling for more than I want to spend, so the chrome base auto was just fine with me.  The scratches on the surface are from the case it came in, and this is likely an ideal gold banner candidate, so I may just have to raw grade it when BGS is in town.  Enjoy!:     photo IMG_20160811_185505_zpsa1vfbc6k.jpg

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Story of the Unfortunate Ginter RIP Card

After receiving my pristine double-sided rip card, I was looking forward to the one-sided Kershaw rip card, but it arrived completely damaged.  I planned on returning it, but the seller offered me a 50% refund.  I was torn on what to do, but I eventually decided to get the partial refund and immediately ripped open that sucker.  I never seem to have much luck with hobby boxes, which is why I always buy singles, but I was hoping this rip card would be my lucky day...Well, it most definitely wasn't.  I ended up with a Jake Arrieta ssp mini, and I must admit, I'm not a fan of his.  If there are any Cubs fans out there, feel free to comment with an offer.   Thanks for reading, and have a great day.

 photo f43bcd38-2465-4935-b8a3-7023b5cc8d4c_zpskaxbjxpz.jpeg
 photo unnamed_zpsqjjstsun.jpg photo unnamed 1_zpsr2crsidu.jpg

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

2016 Allen & Ginter Double Rip Kershaw/Maeda

The rip cards have always been interesting to me.  On one hand, I would love to rip them and see what's inside, but on the other hand, I think it's even better to just leave the card as-is.  The mystery element is what makes them so appealing to me.  I have held out on previous years due to the high prices, but this year I was finally able to find one for a price I was comfortable with.  apparently the rip cards are not as desirable this year in comparison to years past.  Either way, I definitely won't be ripping this card, that's for sure.  Who knows what's inside?  I love the design on these, and ripping it would be a shame, and most likely a huge letdown.  Here it is:   

Displaying IMG_20160806_110946.jpgDisplaying IMG_20160806_111330.jpg

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Allen & Ginter 2016 "K" Booklet

I had been patiently awaiting the arrival of 2016 Allen & Ginter, and I've been lucky enough to pick up some very nice autographed cards of my favorite Dodgers. This one definitely takes the cake though. It was very expensive, but nowhere near the ebay asking price thanks to a little web site called Blowout. As soon as this card got listed the watch count was up to 11, so I knew I would need to act quickly. The seller just so happened to be a name I recognized, so I quickly shot the seller a message and asked if he would take down the listing. Unfortunately he wanted to see what type of offers he would get, but he said he was going to give me first shot at the card regardless. Another Kershaw collector that I know from Blowout has almost all the 1/1 Kershaw cards, and he has an endless supply of money, so I just knew he would try and get this card. Turns out that I was right, but because I was the first one to contact the seller, they told me what they planned on countering his offer with. I immediately suggested PP direct to save us both some money, and a few days later this card showed up at my doorstep:  photo 72c0e9c9-fcf8-4c3c-a89f-5fdda559f81a_zpsmzmipyic.jpeg

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Corey Seager PC Addition and Some Rambling:

After the Dodgers awesome come back win last night, I was motivated to post a new blog entry! With the red ink Seager Heritage auto currently out of my price range, I decided to look for the next best thing. A graded 9.5 was a must for me, because Heritage is notorious for having soft corners. Everyone knows the Bowman Chrome first year autos are always the most valuable cards for any given player, but IMO the Heritage autos are right behind them as far as long term value. Although I do have to admit, that's not why I like Heritage. My sole reason for collecting Heritage is the design. I'm old school when it comes to baseball cards. I'm really not a fan of the new designs, and the 1956 Topps is my all time favorite, so that should tell you all you need to know. In addition to my new Seager Heritage auto (1967 design), I thought I would share a card I purchased a year ago with the '56 design. It's not an official Topps release, but this artist has produced some nice looking cards. Have a great weekend everyone!  photo ec5d144e-5336-435c-b270-8eb9b3d306b8_zpstde0qmr6.jpeg  photo unnamed 9_zpstmeyqjyb.jpg

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Stadium Club 2016

I've said it once, and I will say it again, I have loved Topps Stadium Club since I was a kid.  The photos are unique, and they always look sharp.  Stadium Club is simplicity at its best and it's a throwback the 80's and early 90's Topps releases, which is a good thing IMO.  I spent a few days going back and forth with an a-holish (yes, I know it's not a word) seller on ebay for this one.  He wanted more than the card was worth, especially with a dinged corner, and he refused to bend on the price.  I told him, "Bye Felicia," and decided to just move along. Within a day of the failed negotiations, another seller ended up listing the same card, only this one had perfect corners. 

The timing couldn’t have been better, and after initially rejecting my offer, the seller came around and agreed to my more than fair offer.   This Kershaw goes together quite nicely with last years no-hitter version (the pic made the auto look streaky, but it's perfect):  

 photo KERSHY_zpstrezzcnj.jpg photo 8f819ebc-e00e-4fd9-841a-759cb1ae47ce_zpsyz24hp4y.jpeg

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

My Other Ebay Bucks Pickup...

and of course it's a Kershaw card.  I have been collecting the Topps Museum gold framed autos for about three years now, and the only one that continues to allude me is the ultra rare 2011, which has a print run of only 10.  It was released under the much maligned and now extinct Topps Marquee product.  If anyone out there reading this knows where I can get one, please let me know!

Now onto my latest pickup.  I had been waiting to purchase a 2106 gold frame, but all of the ones I saw on ebay had silver ink that was barely visible.  Then a few weeks ago, a perfect silver ink gold frame showed up on ebay, but it ended up selling for way too much money.  After that sale, I kind of figured I would pass on 2016 since the autos were so bad.  Of course I spoke too soon, because last week I saw a silver frame Kershaw with a pretty solid auto up for auction. I knew I had some more ebay bucks to spend, so I figured I might as well go for it.  I ended up winning it for a pretty decent price, and even though I prefer the gold frames /15, the silver frame /10 is better than nothing.  The pics really don't do these cards justice.  They look ten times better in person, and when I finally had this card in hand, I was ecstatic.   Here it is:
 photo Kershaw_zps2dijprcp.jpg