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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Joy of a Completed Set - Rainbow Bright - The End of a Journey!

As you all know my collecting has slowed to a crawl.....but that's not what this is about.

I started this blog back in 2008 and about that time was sort of meandering around the collecting landscape.  I was buying mainly singles about that time and switched to buying wax.  I spent a fortune to say the least and was beginning to learn that busting boxes is a losing proposition....Did I let that stop me? Nooooo.  I have literally spent $30k on wax since then if not more.  I've sold a lot of cards but still I didn't come close to recovering half of that.

As part of that I started buying 2008 Masterpieces Baseball and Football.  I was getting the stuff for half of MSRP.  I pulled a couple of patches and a few serial numbered parallels and I was hooked.  Not until December of 2008 did I buy a few boxes of 2007 Masterpieces Baseball.  Here is the first box I posted.

I didn't get heavy into the 2007's because I frankly liked the 2008's better.  At that time I didn't know the difference between Green Linen/Windsor and Black Linen/Serious Black.  I was however buying lots and singles off ebay and COMC.  I seemed to be the only person buying them for quite a few years at that point...yes, I've been working on this for 5 years. By now you've figured it out...tonight I completed the last of the serial numbered parallel sets, well except for the 1/1's.  There are 7.  Serious Black /99, Black Linen /99, Pinot Red /75, Blue Linen /75, Blue Steel /50, Hades /50, and Rusted /50, plus the two green sets that aren't numbered.

I hate to get a little sentimental here but things have changed greatly for me in these 5 years, some good, some bad, and some we just don't know yet.  It's quite silly, but those of us that started blogs around 2008 still talk quite a bit on twitter.

Anyway, in February 2011 I bought a case of 2007 Masterpieces and quite frankly killed it.  The Nolan Ryan auto sold for well over $100, The Ichiro 1/1 sold for $80 or so, and I also pulled two Lincecum parallels /50.  I said at the time that those saved me quite a bit by not having to buy the singles.  To this day that is still correct.  They still get $75-$100 when they come up for sale.

Some time later I bought 3 more, I ended up busting 26 in all.  I pulled some amazing cards, including the Lincecum 1/1 auto, a Jordan 1/1 Parallel, and a Mattingly 1/1 auto.  The only negatives were the cases that had a loser 1/1 jersey and about $75 worth of autos....those were tough, the other negative was the high amount of high dollar expired redemptions.  I pulled a massive number of Griffey, Jeter, and Ripken auto box topper redemptions.....ouch.  I also pulled a jeter auto redemption, Dan Haren 1/1 auto, and a bunch of other not so great expired redemptions.  The topper redemptions put a huge dent in my return.  One thing that stayed constant was the parallels.  I did quite well, pulling a number of Jordan, Lincecum, Ripken, Griffey, and Jeter parallels that go for decent cash.

I was also buying big lots too.  Funny enough, it was still difficult to finish the sets.  To give you an idea, there are 7 of each blacks, 5-6 of the blue linen and pinot each, and 2-4 of each of the /50's.  So 26 cases is 182 of each of the blacks, 130-156 of the 75's each and, 52-104 of the /50's.  The set has 90 cards and I was still struggling to finish the sets.

At the end of 2011 this is what my wantlist looked like:
Serious Black /99
Complete

Black Linen /99
Complete

Blue Linen /75 
Complete

Pinot /75 need (1)
33 - Chase Utley

Hades /50 
Complete

Blue Steel /50 1
8 - Lou Gehrig

Rusted /50 9 6
4 - Bill Mazaroski
10 - Cal Ripken
22 - Babe Ruth
49 - Albert Pujols
82 - Tim Lincecum
83 - Billy Butler

I didn't open any cases after that.  I was buying my cases from Josh at Atlanta Sports Cards and his stock ran dry but not before his prices increased.  My view is that the actual value of these cases was $350, I was paying $570-$600.  No way I was paying $700.  

Amazing if you ask me that I would need that many cards after as many singles as I bought.  I found the Utley on COMC, The Blue Steel Gehrig showed up on ebay as did the other rusted except for 4 and 10.  I got the Mazeroski just a few months ago.  Keep in mind, I have been actively searching for the Mazeroski and the Ripken for a while.  Posting on message boards, searching ebay multiple times a day, COMC, Beckett, etc. Just last Thursday the Ripken and a few others showed up on ebay....I had checked worthpoint and the Ripken had been listed before, not sure how I missed it.  Anyway, for $36 plus shipping I won the Ripken.  That was a snipe bid do.  Damn.

That's kind of the story of this whole mess.  Trying to complete these sets was more of a proof of concept.  Not in the traditional sense.  Proof of concept is to show that something can be done, my concept was that given almost unlimited funds and time, these sets really aren't completable.  I suppose that if I would have started at release and had the set completion in mind, it wouldn't have taken nearly this long.

I'm going to scan these sets and post them all at once.  That will probably be sometime in late December as I have to scan 100 sheets.  See, there's your closure on this set project....But I still have a few to go on my other sets.

2008 Masterpieces Green 75 

67 Eric Chavez 
2008 Football

Light Blue /50 need 2
79 - Scott Norwood 
83 - Tom Brady 

Green Metallic /50 need 2 
78 - Jack Lambert 
81 - Terrell Owens 

Burgundy /25 9
5 - Barry Sanders 
13 - Champ Bailey 
15 - Dan Marino 
19 - Desmond Howard 
31 - Eli Manning 
37 - Gale Sayers 
46 - Joe Montana  
67 - Paul Hornung 
73 - Lester Hayes 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Calvin Johnson Masterpieces Patches /50

Meh, somebody wanted to see them. Ignore the Oakheart Rum in the left corner.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Grant me Serenity

Funny when you get patches that so obviously match up

2008 Masterpieces Patch /50 Ryan Grant #57

Lone Star Love

I though Slaton was actually going to make it.
2008 Masterpieces Patch #58 /50

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Reelect Bush!

Not Really

I get more requests for scans of my Masterpieces patches than anything else so I am going to countdown from 60 to 1:

Monday, May 13, 2013

My Everest

The time that my blog has been dormant has coincided with a dormant time for my collection...sort of.

There just hasn't been a whole lot out there to add to my collection other than a card a every week or so.  One thing I have done is continue to buy Masterpieces patches. I am near 600 or so total, I am 1 Greg Olsen away from 5 complete sets, and a second Greg Olsen and Devin Hester away from 6 sets.

That; however, is not my goal necessarily.  My goal is to complete a serial numbered set.  I really don't know how close I am and I probably should do an excel spreadsheet to see where I'm at.  One thing I do know is that I do seem to have quite a few that are numbered 2/50 and earlier this evening I picked up this one in all of its single color glory:


Also while trolling around ebay I picked these up last night:
Ripken /25
Mmmm blurry
and this Bench /10

Friday, May 10, 2013

Isn't it Ironic, don't you think

Here's the auction


1966 Philadelphis Cello Pack Break Video

Here is the video



I don't know what it is but the video doesn't quite sit right with me.  First, the way he moved the cards just before the Sayers. Second, nice reaction.....  It seemed to be dubbed over but seriously.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

One More Down

I know I haven't given an update on my Masterpieces sets lately but really there hasn't been anything to update on.  I picked up a Herm Edwards Burgundy a few weeks back.  I think that's been about it since I acquired the Robin Yount Blue /50 to complete that set.

Anyway, a week about I saw an AP Blue /50 posted.  There are 2 in the set, #2 and #75.  I found a mention of #2 a couple years ago.  It was in a badly named lot on ebay and I missed out on it.  Ugh.  The problem with this one is that it was posted by Big Boyd Sportscards.  I'm not going to accuse Big Boyd of shillin like Bob Dylan but a quick check of the Blowout Forums gives you an idea of what's up.  To his credit, he responds, but in my experience his cards go for 2-5x what other people get for them.  See Wolverine24 et al.  Yes, I watch these things and know what I'm in for.  Though I did get a Walter Payton Burgundy for $30 quite some time ago from the same seller.  Additionally, I saw a Brett Favre Metallic /50 go for $35, yet Big Boyd sold one for $15 at about the same time this AP ended.


So I set my sniper at $25 and viola...winner.

2008 Masterpieces Green 75

67 Eric Chavez
2008 Football

Light Blue /50 need 2
79 - Scott Norwood
83 - Tom Brady

Green Metallic /50 need 2
78 - Jack Lambert
81 - Terrell Owens

Burgundy /25 10
5 - Barry Sanders
13 - Champ Bailey
15 - Dan Marino
19 - Desmond Howard
31 - Eli Manning
37 - Gale Sayers 
46 - Joe Montana
51 - Jordy Nelson
67 - Paul Hornung
73 - Lester Hayes

2007 Baseball
Rusted /50 2
4 - Bill Mazaroski
10 - Cal Ripken

Saturday, May 4, 2013

So what should I buy?

Not me per se, I'm still tracking down the last few cards I need for my masterpieces sets.  Interestingly enough, I still get quite a few emails asking me various questions.  Some of these are from people that frankly want to know what to buy.

There are a few things to consider.  First, what's your budget?  Honestly, if you have to worry about a budget of $30-$50....save your money.  Am I taking all of the fun out of this?  Sure, but take it from someone that knows. You are going to end up hating yourself for buying a box and not getting much.  If you truly have a couple hundred bucks to spend, ask yourself what you want?  If you want to have some continuing fun, build a set then find a set builder box like Ginter or Heritage and buy a few of those.  Right now Heritage is the best deal going.  Ginter is incredibly expensive and the hits aren't worth a damn; conversely, for 3 boxes of ginter, you can get 6 boxes of Heritage.  You'll get some extras, maybe a chance to pull some SSP's and some trade bait of jersey cards.  With ginter, you are essentially paying $50 for 2 more jersey cards and no real SSP's. Sure you get mini's but...they aren't worth the extra cash.  To me, Ginter is worth about $50 a box and Heritage about $40.

Hockey OPC
Basketball N/A -  There isn't a current Basketball set that is worth buying to build a set.

So what else is there?  Well there's always going for the big hit.  What's the best way to go about this?  Hmmm, that's a good question.  Here's my view.  A hit product is one of those where you esentially get an entire case worth of hits in a box, more or less.  You just don't get all of those lovely base cards.  I will warn you, the excitement is there when you open the pack/box but the let down can be quick and brutal.  For example, 2007 Topps Triple Threads Football had one of the worst returns ever.  These were anywhere from $125-$200 depending on when.  Same with Topps Progression...yuck.

So it comes down to finding a value break where there is some reward.  One of my favorite breaks is 2007 Upper Deck Premier.

See a break here: http://iamjoecollector.blogspot.com/2010/01/january-2-boxes-2007-premier-football.html

Each box runs about $90 from Atlanta Sports cards: 2007 Premier But beware of 2007 Ultimate, it was so bad that DA Cardworld used to give it away with a purchase of a certain amount.  Anyway, Those rookie jersey autos are pretty nice even though they are sticker autos.  The alternative is to go for a box of exquisite.  That's about 4 boxes of Premier for 1 box of Exquisite.  The RPA's are 1 per box but these are more easily searched.  Basically, you can pick the A level RPA box out of the case of exquisite so don't buy a cheap orphan box off ebay. Obviously these days Exquisite is a college uni product which isn't for everyone and costs a ton of money.  Your two best bets are National Treasures and Topps 5 Star, lots of good hits.  Contrast that with buying 4-5 boxes of Topps Chrome.  Yikes.  You are playing with taking a massive loss and having a ton of base cards whereas 5 star and NT are full of alternative hits other than the RPA's to get value from.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Panini Silhouette Veteran Patch Autos

I just realized it has been 5 months or so since I blogged about anything.  Back in 2009 I always wondered what caused people to go months without blogging...quite frankly for me it's apathy, disinterest, with a side of disgust at times.

I've written before about cost to acquire and that nonsense but I'll reiterated what I mean.  Right now there are 5 or so rookies that are worth chasing in football.  Luck, RGIII, Russell Wilson, Trent Richardson, and Martin, maybe Tannehill.  Here's the problem, when trying to pull one...good luck.  2012 Topps Chrome boxes are over $100 and your chances of pulling one of the aforementioned rookie autos is 1-2 per case...maybe.  Thus, you might drop $1400 on a case and pull nada.  Sure busting the case is fun but let me tell you about that sinking feeling of being half way through the case and knowing you are $500 down at least.  My point being is that it costs a ton to try and pull one and even if you do you might still be way under water.  The big hit is priced into the box/case already.  Hence why I am apathetic.  The hobby is really expensive right now.  Plus even if you pull a big hit or acquire just one of those cards...what about next year?  That card price isn't going up.  Exception Kapernick. Example Newton, Tebow, Bradford.

Why am I disinterested? There are so many products out there that just keep coming and they are so expensive.  I rememeber back in 2006 realizing how many worthless commons I had that weren't worth anything and that I never looked at.  I had collector fatigue for sure. There's no product differentiation out there these days.  If I showed you a random Hockey patch/auto you'd probably have no clue what set or year it was from.  Why am I disgusted?  Because you can drop $140 on a box of cards and end up with $40 worth of cards.  Ouch.  The card companies know this and they don't care.

Anyway, even in these crappy collecting times there are some gems out there.  One of those is from no other than Panini.  Much like the 2008 Upper Deck Football Heroes set, the cards are different, the checklist is good and the prices don't seem to be too bad. Hell, even Luck goes for $175 or so.

I've just included some basketball, but there are hockey and football obviously.  Some of the veteran football are sticker which is a shame. Perhaps Panini should do this for BB.  Here's a look at some of the cards: