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):  

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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:
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Friday, July 8, 2016

Ebay Bucks Pickup:

The first of my two ebay bucks purchases came in yesterday, and I couldn't be happier!  I started my Seager Bowman 2013 refractor project about two years ago, but I gave up after realizing it would be way too expensive to get the red and canary refractors.  It was just too hard for me to justify paying hundreds for those cards, especially when I paid virtually nothing for the gold and orange refractors a few years ago.  I now regret not going after the canary and red refractors harder, especially after seeing another Dodgers blogger acquire them for his collection (At least one of us has them now).    The prices have skyrocketed, and understandably what did I do?  The next best thing:  Magenta Refractor /32.  The card is beautiful, and it is so sharp, it could very well grade 10.  I literally couldn't find anything wrong with it.  This pristine card will definitely be graded in the future, so stay tuned.  Thanks for stopping by, and GO DODGERS!

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Kershaw Card of the Day

Topps 2016 Series 2 has some interesting autographed cards, and the Futures autos immediately caught my eye.  The auto cards have a print run of 25, so I knew it would be a challenge to find one on ebay at a good price.  After a few weeks of waiting, a seller listed one with a best offer option.  We were able to come to an agreement, and here it is:
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Monday, July 4, 2016

We Don' Need No Stinkin Patches...or Do We?

I've always kept my eye on the Momentous Materials patch autos, and I figured if there was ever a chance to pick one up at a decent price then I would have to at least try.  Well I just so happened to find two patch autos from two different years, listed on ebay at auction virtually weeks apart.  They weren't cheap, but they were much less than what they sold for in the past.  Here they are n all their glory.  Happy 4th of July to everyone!!!  Be safe and have some fun...


Sunday, July 3, 2016

"It's Tiiime for Dodger Baseball"

Man, I'm really gonna miss Vin!...A lot of people, especially the media have written off the Dodgers, especially now that Kershaw is on the DL.  But something interesting has happened.  Now that the team knows they can't rely on Kershaw, they've really stepped it up, especially the offense.  My personal pick for starting ss for the NL is a big reason for this.  Corey the kid is playing like an MVP, well other than his sometimes questionable defense.  He should be the starting ss in the All Star game, but I guess people would rather have a starter with an average in the 230's  (REALLY?!).  Ok, I will now step off my soap box.

So anyway, on to the card of the day.  I decided to pick up a blue refractor rookie auto of Mr. Seager, and I really think this one has a good shot at a 9.5: