Tuesday, November 8, 2011
"Bowman Chrome Lot $4: C- Sure, it will likely fill some holes in my 2010 chrome set, but I had already dropped that set from my Super Duper Checklist."
I guess I should have looked through the Bowman Chrome lot a little closer, because it contained about 85 cards of the 110 card checklist, and took my completion of this set from a paltry 60% to about 90% in one quick shot. Between this lot and what I already had, I only needed 9 more cards. I re-activated the set on the Super Duper Checklist and grabbed almost all of what I lacked off sportlots.com. They came in the mail today:
I hereby give myself a solid A- for some shrewd auctioning and displaying tremendous subconscious brain power that led me to snatch up these cards at auction.
Monday, November 7, 2011
I have openly pined after the stud former Razorback without shame and I geeked out after winning this lot of 2 autos on eBay recently for under $5 shipped. And if any of you folks have this card available for trade, I'll take more.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
- Despite my having some fun with the backs of the cards, I do want to say the photos on this set are superb.
- My favorite line is the opener for Leo Durocher: “Leo Durocher was probably the smartest manager in game control who put spikes in his walking shoes to ease the pain.” Were there a whole bunch of managers who put spikes in their walking shoes to ease the pain back then?
- The story about Dizzy Dean drinking the soda on the train was actually pretty funny.
- I never knew Lou Gerhig was called "biscuit pants". I love that at the end of the write up for Gerhig, the writer felt it necessary to answer what clearly was a rhetorical question. “Can you believe he (Gerhig) stole home 15 times as a Yankee? Well, he did.” Awesome.
Friday, November 4, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
It's hard to be dejected about a sweet card like this though:
Greg at Plaschke, Thy Sweater is Argyle. There must be a strong Kershaw connection at Cleve's because this week another auto of him was available. So, I decided to go for it again. And so did... dun dun dunnnnnn, my arch nemesis. I made my initial bid of $3 and he went $4. Last week, he got the better of me 3 times, but I wasn't letting it happen again. I rolled up my sleeves and gave him a front row ticket to the gun show as I bid $5. It didn't faze him and he said $6. I bid $7, but instead of saying $7, I stood up in my chair, pulled out my switchblade and made a big "7" in the air with it. Then I slowly turned and mimed the universal gesture of slitting one's throat. He stopped bidding, and the card was mine. Victory, baby.
There was lots of vintage at the auction, but not much I felt I had to have. There was a neat Johnny Mize 1952 Topps that I could have had for $15. I wish I'd gone for it now. But I did get this little gem:
I should have ended my night on this high note. But I was impulsive and bought this as well:
This was a lot of 5 Red Man tobacco cards. I like this set, but didn't look over the lot before bidding, and didn't see that one card was in it 3 times. And the Mel Parnell card is in bad shape. But still, for $4 it's not too bad of a purchase.
Here are the grades for the second four purchases:
Evan Longoria Triple Threads $4: A- Great card of a budding star.
Clayton Kershaw A&G Auto $7: A A little pricey, but Kershaw is a bad dude, and I'm glad to get back an auto of him.
Eddie Stanky Bowman $4: A+ I don't know what the book value of this is and I don't care. I love talking about cards and players like this.
Red Man Lot $4: C+ Yeah, I like these cards, but this was unnecessary for my collection, even for $4.
I guess overall, I'm relatively satisfied. I feel good about 5 of 8 purchases. If I would have lopped off the three that didn't jazz me, I would have spent closer to $20 and felt like it was one of my better auctions ever. I'll need to show some better discipline next time.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Actually, I'll just tell you about the first buy, since I don't want to spend the time taking a picture of it. I bought a box of about 100 Bowman Chrome rookies from 2008-2010, with the bulk of them at 2010. I guess I was hoping the 2010s will fill in many of the holes I have on this set that I kind of sort of still would like to complete. This purchase started the night off on the wrong foot for me, since I really had no use for these cards.
Things went from ho hum to stupid with the next purchase:
son of a crazy man, Cutter Dykstra is not a hot prospect. And this auto, while at least on card, is from Razor, which does nothing for me. Why the hell did I buy this?
Next, I picked up this Howard Johnson bat card:
Next, is a Hall of Famer I got for $3:
So yes, I stumbled out of the gate, but with the Alomar Triple Threads, I at least feel like I got a nice, premium card. Maybe I didn't do so bad after all. The first two purchases were duds though, let's face it.
Here are the grades for the first 4 of 8 purchases I made:
Bowman Chrome Lot $4: C- Sure, it will likely fill some holes in my 2010 chrome set, but I had already dropped that set from my Super Duper Checklist.
Cutter Dykstra Auto $2: F Yuck.
Howard Johnson Bat Card $2: B- It's pretty cool looking, but I didn't need it.
Roberto Alomar Triple Threads Jersey $3: A- I don't get the feeling Alomar is a hot target for collector's, but he is a Hall of Famer, and this card is really lovely.
I'll cover the last four purchases in part two tomorrow, and discuss my face off with my arch nemesis. He really needs a nickname. His bidder number is 339. Maybe I'll call him Evil 339. I'm open to suggestions.
No, my two year old daughter didn't set these up on the scanner for me. These things were hard to line up. Not only are they slick, these cards curl, and pretty aggressively too. Right up there with 2010 Topps Chrome as a frame of reference, which is a little disappointing for a premium set. I don't think I like them as much as 2010 Finest, but they are pretty nice looking. I'll likely pass on building the set, but if I see a good, cheap starter lot on eBay I may change my mind.
Monday, October 31, 2011
It was a cool October evening, much like tonight. The lovely wife and I were newlyweds and were excitedly getting into bed.... to watch game 4 of the 2004 World Series, you pervs. As I'm sure you all know, the Red Sox were about to sweep the Cardinals and win their first World Series in 86 years, erasing the Curse of the Bambino.
Let me take a step back and say that I was also a huge Mets fan in the 80's and 90's before giving all my loyalty to the Rangers in the 2000's. The 1986 World Series against the Red Sox was my first experience with the agony and ecstasy that I think only baseball can deliver, and after what happened to the Rangers last week, I now have a greater appreciation for how tough 1986 had to be for Red Sox fans. I bring this up because early in our relationship, the Lovely Wife bought me this really cool, framed picture of Ray Knight crossing the plate after the ball went through Buckner's legs in game 6. I had this picture, and about a dozen other baseball pictures, hanging on the wall in our guest room/office.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Then the Razorbacks just about pushed me over the edge Saturday with that horrible performance against Vanderbilt, but I'll stay off that tangent. At least they got a W.
What else sucked this week? Etopps football, that's what:
Cardtarget.com, and my numbers would be better, but I want to show what I could get for my cards if I wanted to sell immediately.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Game 6 took 5 years off my life. I wish I could say I was able to just enjoy the game, but that was just flat out heart breaking. I just can't at all imagine the Rangers winning tonight after that collapse. But I'm going to try to help on the Karma end. If the Rangers somehow manage to win tonight, I will run my biggest and best ever Big Fun Game. I will have 10 spots and every prize will be legit. You don't have to be a follower and you don't have to plug the contest. I will gladly give up some good stuff if it in any way gets us a win tonight. If the Rangers win, comment on this post. That's all you have to do. I will put all the names in the randomizer Sunday afternoon. You can comment on this post before the game ends, BUT ONLY COMMENTS MADE AFTER A RANGERS WIN WILL COUNT AS AN ENTRY. Good Lord I hope the Rangers cost me some cards tonight!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Yes indeed, the Baseball Card Hall of Fame now has one of my cards. I assume this is the official baseball card branch of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. I've been to the Hall in Cooperstown, and highly recommend it. I do remember the Baseball Card display, and I assume that is where my card is going, perhaps next to the T206 Honus Wagner. I'm surprised they would need to request cards from bloggers, since I figured Topps would give them whatever they need, but I guess the Reggie Jackson card I had looked Hall of Fame worthy, and they were likely already rabid fans of my blog. In fact, the Hall of Fame liked my contribution so much, they sent me a huge assortment of artifacts for my collection. Here is what the Hall sent me in return, almost like a trade between baseball card bloggers:
Monday, October 24, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Looks like I really whiffed by passing on the Andy Dalton card, which is up 28% over IPO this week. Tom Brady and Cam Newton are carrying my portfolio, although Brady keeps ticking down each week. I would bet this card settles in around $10 by the end of the season, so I might think about trading it now and getting it back later. My purchases are still above the overall set index, even with Ryan Mallett and Julio Jones pulling me down. I'm really surprised by the weak performance of the Jones card out of the gate. Maybe it will pick up steam as he gets healthy.