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Saturday, December 12, 2015

This is a rare auto #noromo

To anyone that has tried to put together a set with sp's, ssp's and ssssp's, there is an appreciation of random cards that are all but impossible to find.  There are several of those autos in the 2008 Masterpieces Football auto set.  Eli Manning, John Elway, Matt Ryan, Favre, Marino and others are extremely rare, What's worse is that some of these end up being redemptions such as Favre.

Some of the SSP's are a little surprising, Franco Harris, Jeremy Shockey (may have been a weirdly distributed redemption), Kenny Stabler, etc.  Sometimes you get lucky and pick up these rare cards cheaply.  For example, I found that Jim Thome 2007 Masterpieces auto hidden in a lot.....paid a few bucks for it but haven't seen one since.

Well the other day a gentlemen posted a particularly rare auto.  I contacted him immediately, though he assured me the card would go cheaply, I offered him $40 for which he couldn't accept fast enough.  Yesterday, that card arrived:

This is the second 2008 Tony Romo Masterpiecs I have ever seen...that's 7 years of watching...and I don't miss much.  In fact, I have seen more of the Red /10 than I have the black unnumbered. The other thing about this card is how complete the auto is in comparison to his other autos.

You may also recall a brief mention of a large collection of Masterpieces I bought last summer.  The guy has opened 7 or so cases, maybe more of the football.  he was attempting to put together the parallel sets just like me.  he had first contacted me a number of years ago, maybe 5 or 6.  He refused to sell the parallels at that point but did sell me his patches.  Well he finally approached me to sell his collection of around 1000 cards including autos.

2008 Masterpieces Joe Namath...again very rare:
2008 Masterpieces Dick Butkus
2008 Masterpieces Jack Ham

He had some others that I bought as well:
 These are all sps of various levels. The Mcfadden is interesting because its the only auto signed in red.  It was a redemption and I am not aware of any Red border /10.
 Some Forte for the fun of it. Below, you'll see the Rathman, Craig, Manning and Hornung.  The Hornung is pretty hard to find as well, though there is one available on ebay pretty regularly
 For some reason the Hayes. Tittle  and Johnston don't come up for sale very often.

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.

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.