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Monday, August 31, 2015

An auto, a parallel, a patch, and a mystery box

Oh my....or something.  This damn John Kruk auto is a favorite of mine for a couple of reasons....it's John Kruk and I had purchased one of these from DA Cardworld and when they went to ship my order it was missing.  Finally tracked it down and it is one of those retired SP's, perhaps ssp's from Masterpieces.

It was $15, basically the price of a couple of packs...ma'am I'm not an athlete, I'm an autograph

Next up is a Bradshaw, not Carrie.  These Silver Masterpieces are numbered to the Jersey number of the player with the exception of people that wore #1.  These low number cards are very hard to come by.  Also, there is a collector out there that bought up a lot of these.
Next up is a Devin Hester Patch /50.  These are very difficult to come by as I think I have 7 of  them.  There are a few players that are tough as heck to find.  Greg Olson stands between me and 7 sets...I currently have 5.
The Hester was part of a decent sized lot of jerseys, patches, and autos that was listed.....poorly.  I've saved you the trouble and linked it here.  I paid $79 shipped for the lot of 68 cards.  I can get that back on them selling to Blowout for pete's sake.  I didn't actually look at the list and decided to have a bit of a surprise.  In the lot were some gems, or some cool cards in my opinion.  Here are some highlights.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A quick patch

$5 shipped for a lowly Jamarcus Russell.  I think I own about 15 of these now.  Amazes me how many of these are single color.

Everyone wants to make a profit...but they usually don't /10

As I've said before, the collection is slow going these days though I do make some pickups here and there.  Before I get to that, a special comment from Uncle Joe

I have spent thousands and thousands on Masterpieces but have no delusions about the value. I know I will never come close to recouping what I've spent but I really don't care.  I've enjoyed collecting them and from the comments that I get from all of you I can tell that some of you enjoy it almost as much as I do.

Every once in a while I find a collector that wants to sell or is giving up on collecting.  I'm usually more that happy to kick down some coin to help them out.  I'm even prone to overpaying just for the hell of it but I do have my limits.  On this occasion, the gentlemen that made a hell of a run at putting together the red /10 masterpieces football auto set gave up the ghost.  I offered to buy him out well into the four figures but he has been trying to sell his collection piecemeal because he probably thinks that I am low balling him.  Also, he tells me that he massively overpaid for some of the cards...unfortunately that isn't my problem.  He told me what he paid for a couple of the cards and he paid more than double what a $100 card should sell for...maybe triple.

In the meantime I have been watching his sales and picking up cards as they hit the price I am willing to pay.  Some of the cards I am ok pulling the trigger on because I like them.  Others, I will wait until they get to where I want them to be.  It still amazes me what people want their cards to be worth and I really can't blame them.  That's why I don't sell cards from my collection.  Without further ado, $20 each.

Ray Rice /10.  Sure he knocked his now wife out in the elevator, but from a collecting standpoint I couldn't care less what these guys do off the field.  He's had a decent career up until now.

 Chris Johnson /10.  Johnson once rushed for over 2000 yards in a season and he might actually make it to 10,000 yards.  If I was Chip Kelly I might pick him up.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Just a couple

When collecting a 7 year old sets you have to expect things to get a little slow as far as availability.  It's absolutely dreadful these days trying to find anything.  However, things do pop up that I don't have or that I actively collect as many as I can find.

This Graig Nettles is actually fairly rare and someone posted it at $7 or so BIN.  I hit it immediately.  Every once in a while this happens where someone posts something way lower than what the sale price would potentially be.  For example, I picked up a Longoria (member him?) Blue /50 parallel on COMC for $20.  Those sell for $50 easy.  BTW, what ever happened to Longo?

The next card is of a certain quarter back from a certain team in a certain city...Brett FAVE-RA.  This cost me quite a bit more than the Nettles.  I think I have 8 of the 50 made of these.
Anyway, that's it.  And btw, 2016 Topps baseball looks like one of their Topps Town inserts from a few years back.

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.