Saturday, September 24, 2016
Ok, so it's not really a 1 of 1, but it is most definitely the only live red auto at the moment (obviously that will change at some point). I was lucky enough to win an auction for this redemption months ago on ebay. I was equally shocked at the quick turnaround on this one, because with a bunch of pending Kershaw redemptions, I'm used to waiting a few years to get stuff from Topps. Even though Ginter autos aren't as beloved as Heritage for example, I have to say these mini framed autos are my favorite. I love everything about this card. Happy Saturday to everyone, and GOD BLESS VIN SCULLY!
Sunday, September 4, 2016
With so many pending redemptions, it got to the point where I just stopped checking the Topps page, because it seemed like none of my redemption cards were getting made/signed. Well, after about 6 months of no good news, fellow blogger, DodgerPenguin mentioned that a few Kershaw cards finally got signed! Sure enough, it turned out that I had a card on the way. I was on vacation for a week and a half, and when I got back, there it was:
Monday, August 15, 2016
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!:
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
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.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
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:
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
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:
Saturday, July 30, 2016
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!