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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Collecting is hard /10 edition

Needless to say I am bored collecting these days.  I get shivers at the thought of trying to collect a set like TANG, Heritage et al.  And because supply of my favorite set has dried up I am able to collect quality and not quantity.  I've got more good news, though I am keeping my job in Central Oregon, I am no longer going to live there.  Living in a valley like the Willamette and then trying to live in the dessert just doesn't work.

So last week I promised a bit of a purchase and on Monday, it arrived though I didn't make it home to check my mail until today.  These are quite a contrast between last week's Elway and Namath but a checklist is a checklist.

Lucky for me I have no problem with patience nor staying focused.  Side note, I see so many people collect and collect and then change direction multiple times, liquidate, wash, rinse, repeat.  I don't do that.  There is a collector that had 50+ of these reds, unfortunately he is a little delusional about what these are worth.  In contrast, there's another collector that had quite a few of these and has completed the 2007 and 2008 Masterpieces baseball autos and is 3 or so short of the football set.  He started collecting the reds but I think he realized that it's a fools errand....that's where I come in.

I purchased the entire lot for $100 which is a lot but trying to pick these up piecemeal is a pain, costly and takes a long time.  Some of these I now have 2 of and when you consider that Jonathan Stewart and Desean Jackson are putting together pretty good careers, it's not too shabby.

First up is Tashard Choice....no idea what happened to him.
 Then there is "Don't throw it to Stonehands!" Limas Sweed who apparently got to the NFL and couldn't actually catch the ball.
 Jonathan Stewart....Oregon guy and a damn fine player.
 Dennis Dixon, Oregon guy again and not a half bad QB just couldn't quite find a groove.
 I almost dropped this Desean Jackson a foot before I got in the front door but realized I wasn't all the way in the house yet.
 Isn't Jerome Simpson kind of doing something with his career these days?
 I hear his dad was a decent athlete.
 And the guy had a few parallels laying around.  People either let these go cheap or want a small fortune for them.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Al Bundy loves Bigguns

The first two seasons were magic.

So I haven't fully decided to try to complete the auto sets but if I should happen to luck into them then so be it.  I think you'll be very interested in the package that is on its way to me.  In the meantime......

I have been spending more than my share of cash lately and am in the process of buying a house.  Cards and collecting don't match. Right now I don't really have anywhere to put cards hence why my topps parallels project is on hiatus.

These two cards are a lot both in cost, rarity, and players. The Elway took some cajoling to say the least, sometimes I get beat to the punch and then have to track down the buyer and then buy it from them.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Masterpieces SSP Auto extravaganza

As I mentioned before, I am working about 3 hours away from home and have been since February.  It has really gotten in the way of me doing anything productive....like blogging and maintaining my collection.  So here are some of my auto pickups from the last few months.  It's important to keep in mind that although a card may not be super valuable it may be very hard to come by.

First up is Andruw Jones.  I pulled one of these in the 26 or so cases I opened but at that time I wasn't collecting the autos.  Bought this for $9
Next is Glavine.  This darn thing is super rare and I got it for about $25
On to Justin Morneau.  I actually have two of these as I pulled one from my first 5 boxes 7 years ago.  Couldn't pass this up for $6
Next take a ride on the D-Train.  I did pull one of these in my cases and I now own two because I picked up another one super cheap.
Derek Lee Auto Jersey graded BGS 9...Like $10 and not all that common
Not a star but dang hard to find...I've now seen 2 of these and got this for $5
And a little something for Captain, though Ware is not longer a Cowboy.  I did pay $45 or so for this but damn is it a beaut.  Numbered /10

And a bit of a comment. It amazes me how cheaply some cards can be had.  I bought this for $6 or so and was like WTF?  It's Joe Flacco.  I mean the guy has been super solid in his career and down right ridiculous in the playoffs.  Probably much better than you think.  I have no doubt that barring a major injury Flacco will be a first ballot HOF

oh and one more I picked up a few months back.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces Football Metallic /50 Set.......Complete

It's finally done.  I've said that a lot over the years but perhaps this was the most frustrated I had been about completing one of these sets.  You see, the final card was the Jack Lambert.  Why is this frustrating?  Because I have seen this card twice before.  Once on ebay and once on check out my cards.  The seller that sold it on COMC had been in contact with me before.  He had said he thought he had some pf these but not to worry he would track them down.  Then he emailed me and said he had sent all of them to Comc and they'd be posted shortly and I shouldn't have too much trouble getting them.  I still remember where I was when they posted.  I had just got done playing a round of golf and had made it to a brew pub in Salem, OR call The Ram.  I saw the listings and there were quite a few I needed at the time along with some patches /50.

As I was putting them into my card, all of the ones I needed were bought by someone else.  Why does this tick me off?  As if you have to ask.  yes they are his cards and he can sell them how he chooses, still a dick move.

I figured it wouldn't be a big deal, plus I had many others to track down to complete the /75 set, let alone the /50 sets.  These football parallels have never really been that popular and it's not uncommon for me to be the only bidder on a lot of these cards.....that was October 2011.......

I have been looking for the Lambert in earnest for a three years now as I have been down to just the last few of the Metallic set.  Finally, last Wednesday it was posted on Ebay.

Tonight I won the auction for like $6 and the set is complete.  Now I just have 3 left for the Burgundy /25 set.  Barry Sanders, Desmond Howard, Paul Hornung.  Ironically, or not, I have the Hornung auto from the set, seems like that would be harder.  What I do know is that Barry Sanders Masterpieces parallels are a little tough to come by and I'm sure there are some hot cases out there with a bunch of his cards in it.  Second, I've seen a Hornung hot case so I'm sure the Burgundy versions are all nestled together.  To give you an idea of how this can affect the collation, I bought out a collection where a guy had busted about 6-8 cases and he had 6 Eddie Royal and 6 Kevin Dyson burgundy.  That's 25% of the production! He also had 11 Ladainian Tomlimson Green /75!  So collecting these sets can be a real shit show.  He had many other cards in quantity and of course, so do I.

On another note there are approximately 500-750 missing cases of this product.......sure wish I could find them.  Where do I come up with that number?  Well I have 5 complete patch sets, that's 300 patches and 10% of the production.  I have about 600 overall and I have bought just about every patch I can find with few exceptions.  Also, I've heard of no other collectors out there and the patches are mentioned so rarely...Where are the other 2400 patches.  Assuming 900 are in private collections somewhere and these people have no access to the internet and don't use ebay, that leaves 1500 unaccounted for at 2 per case leaving 750 unaccounted for cases....If you know of any, let me know.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

I've been MIA again and sometimes they cost a lot.

I have been MIA, I know I know.  I recently started a job in Bend, OR and I have been looking for permanent housing out here and thus have no place to chase the Topps parallel sets that I have set out to build.  It' s really bumming me out especially since I was really ready to get at it when I was posting in February.  Funny enough, I used to wonder how people abandon their blogs...now it's a bit clearer.  Regardless, I am living in two places and so no place is home.

This does not mean that I am not minding my masterpieces collection.  In fact I am now one very big card closer to completing my quest.  I am still:

2008 Masterpieces Baseball Green /75
67 - Eric Chavez

short of all of the baseball sets /50 and above from both 2007 and 2008.

As to football I am missing the

2008 Masterpieces Football /50 Metallic
78 - Jack Lambert

away from the /50 and above sets as well as having completed 5 Red Framed Patch /50 sets....and growing.  I am still chasing the Burgundy set that is /25.  I picked up a mess of these four years ago now...damn it's been that long...and said hell with it and went for the set.  I am now three short since I just picked this up:

I had seen a reference to this card about 6 years ago but had never actually seen it.  Now I am left with

2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces Burgundy /25
5 - Barry Sanders
19 - Desmond Howard
67 - Paul Hornung

Let me know if you have any leads.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

2013 Topps Update 108 Ct. Rack Case Break

I decided to go ahead a bust the case while I had the time and it did not disappoint.  It's crazy how many cards one of these cases actually produces.  Collation was very good as I got 8-9 complete sets. I have them sorted by card but it's possible that I might have 7 of one or two of them.  It took me about 3 hours to sort them...my least favorite thing for sure.

First things first, the super big hits!  Ok, I didn't buy this case for the hits, but I was a bit surprised I didn't get an auto.  Topps has been very good to me in the past.  In fact, I bought a retail case of 2008 Topps Mayo Football a few years back and pulled a good number of sp autos.  It also would have been nice to pull a serialed jersey or patch...again, not disappointed, just the way it is.

On to the inserts:
These are the 71 Topps minis, 1 per pack and there were 50 in the set.  I got the entire set, not sure about a second set.

These are the variations I got.  I would have expected to get more of these as they only fell about 1:13 packs.  I found all of them but 1 right away.

Topps gold /2013.  1:2 packs.  I got 53 of these....Going to be a long road collecting these sets.

Emerald Green, 1:2 packs, got 55 of them, no Puig.
Quick note on the blue, 3 per pack and got 324 of them.  I am a bit short of a set but I didn't get many doubles.
Camo /99.  Got 3 including Wil Myers...Is he a thing?  Of course I pulled a Chavez.  Teasing me since he is the only card I need to complete my Green Masterpieces set /75.
Pink /50 including Anthony Rendon

Blue Sparkle? /25

There are a few inserts I didn't bother with as they are the normal useless Topps bloat.  So there you have it.  I am thinking of busting a few more of these because they are so cheap and you do get a couple low numbered cards.  I may put together a couple blue sets and then sell the hand collated base sets.  If you see anything you want, make me an offer.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Today's Mail, Patches and Hockey

My case showed up today along with some singles and supplies that I bought as well.  BTW, I'm not sure what it is, but it sure does feel good to get cards put in sheets and cases.  Anyway, I probably won't open the case for a bit because I am in the process of moving.

Here are the two patches that I got for about $5 each:
Upper Deck serial numbered these on the back, but the baseball patches from the same year are stamped on the front.

And a couple of Hockey Red /25:

From what I understand, Gregg Kohn aka @ScoobyCub who now works for Leaf is the one that designed these products from a development standpoint.  In Hockey, the red is /25 whereas in Football they are /199 and in Baseball they are not serial numbered.  Blacks in Baseball and Football are common parallels and not serialed, but they are 1/1's in hockey.  When I am searching auctions, it takes me a bit to remember which is which.