Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Trader's Log: Royals and Randoms

Josh D. over at Royals and Randoms shot me an email in November of last year saying he had a PWE of cards to send my way. He and I both forgot about the correspondence, and understandably so considering the time of year. 

Fast forward a few months, (late February/early March) a sizable package of cards comes in the mail from Josh with a note:


The PWE turned into bricks of stuffed team bags containing Dbacks galore. Here are a just a few selected highlights of what he sent, sorted by player.


I regularly get so many Randy Johnson cards from trades and packages alone, I recently had to designate a 300 count box just for his cards, not that I'm complaining or anything. Once it's filled (and it's getting pretty darn close) I'll set aside a special time to sort, catalog, and store them. 


My Schilling collection has also grown considerably as of late. I don't actively collect him, although I do want to add an auto of his for my eventual 2001 World Series Champions autograph project. 


This stack of Gonzo was really fun to go through as most of them were new to my collection. I particularly like the UD Vintage and 2003 Chrome cards.

Old man Williams was also included in the package. UD Ionix is a set I've been eyeing to build, but the boxes still go for a hefty $90. I guess I'll have to wait to come across some singles at a card show.


I don't seem to come by Gracie cards as much as the aforementioned players, so it's always neat to get a few every once in a while. 


These were assorted highlights of either cards I thought were cool or players I PC. 


All of these Goldy's were new to my collection. The Chips are pretty interesting and actually heavy duty. I'm not sure where/how to store them.


A great package is always sprinkled with a few Finleys. Again, I love 2003 Chrome. I'm still working on completing that rainbow. Just need the silver refractor parallel and the uncirculated X-Fractor.


And the two relics of the package include a beautiful white jersey swatch of Finley I needed for the PC and an awesome bat relic of Gonzo with the Dbacks logo etched in. 

Thanks so much for the package, Josh! 

Thanks for reading!





Saturday, March 24, 2018

eBay Roundup & Card of the Month - February 2018


Some nice opportunities to add to my Goldschmidt, Finley, and Diamondbacks PCs popped up on the Bay for the month of February. I again decided to focus my efforts on quality and harder-to-come-by cards. That approach allowed me to carefully use my card funds early on in the month and acquire a card later on that I have been chasing for close to two years now. That gem wins Card of the Month for February. But first, let's see what else found its way into my collection:


Two more gorgeous 2003 Topps Chrome gold refractors to add to my Dbacks PC. There's been an uptick in these cards popping up as of late and I've pounced on nearly every opportunity. 



This Leaf Certified Materials Patch card #'ed to 25 was probably the one card I found myself spending more than I would have liked to. I found it the day it was listed and put in a conservative bid only to find myself in a bidding war with someone else the next day. I got caught up in the moment and placed a bid much higher than I was comfortable with and it held out for the remainder of the auction. Oh well,  it's still a card I was going to add to my Finley PC some day anyway, and it's a lesson learned I guess.




Two more Finley autos for a great price. I'm just two cards away from completing the 2015 Donruss Signature Series rainbow. The one-of-one has been listed on eBay for probably a year now and I've even made an offer at one point to the seller who is asking way more than the card is worth, but we couldn't come to an agreement. Unfortunately, it looks like I won't be completing the rainbow as someone actually bought the card around two weeks ago. I guess I'm not the only Finley super collector out there...



This was a nice parallel numbered to 254 that I got for a penny under a buck. Slowly chipping away at the PC...





Three new 98 Tek patterns to add to my slowly growing Travis Lee PC. Some seller out of Hawaii has a bunch of these apparently. I've managed to snag most of the ones he's listed over the last couple of months.


This was a bit of a random purchase. I got it for 99 cents along with the Finely out of 254 because why not. I have a sizable Gonzo PC that seems to grow on its own, but I have yet to fully committing my efforts to make it grow that much more.



So I had two major card purchases this month. Both of which I had expected to see some time this year. The first is the runner up for Card of the Month...



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The 2017 Panini Flawless Emerald #'ed 5/5 is absolutely gorgeous. I knew it was only a matter of time before this card popped up for sale. Sure enough, it was listed and one week later arrived at my residence and into my PC. 


As amazing as that card is, it doesn't top this one....

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FINALLY!!! The 2013 Topps Heritage Real One Autograph of Goldy. 

I have seen many copies of this card come and go over the last year and a half, all of which sold for more than I was comfortable paying. Every time a copy came up in auction format, I would place a bid at the highest I would be willing to pay for and it always surpassed it by quite a bit.

This particular copy popped up on the Bay as an OBO listing. I was surprised to see the seller hat it listed pretty low already compared to historical sales of this card (they must not have done their homework on what this card normally goes for, or they were looking for a quick sale.) Even so, I wanted to buy it at a price that didn't break the bank for me. I put in an offer about $10 lower than the asking price and to my surprise the seller accepted! 

I'm really glad I held out for this one as it has an excellent example of Goldschmidt's signature and the card is in what I believe to be mint condition, maybe even gem mint condition compared to others I've seen sell for more. 



Thanks for reading!





Sunday, February 18, 2018

Trader's Log: Bob Walk The Plank

Matt from Bob Walk The Plank sent me a stack of relic cards last week, each representing a Diamondback from their days of Purple and Teal.

It's been almost two years since Matt sent me a "welcome to the blogosphere" gift that also contained an awesome assortment of Diamondbacks relics and autos that you can read about HERE

Let's get started!



This is a super thick, super shiny card that didn't scan well at all. It's probably my second favorite of the bunch.


I'm not sure why the relic is in the shape of an arrow. Card companies came up with some really interesting insert ideas in the late 90's and into the early 2000's. This is the a Gold parallel version of the insert numbered to 51 (The Big Unit's jersey number)


Troy Glaus was a one-and-done player for the Dbacks in 2005. Arizona had a knack for doing that with players that were once big stars (See: Roberto Alomar, Richie Sexson)


Curt Schilling has some funky relic cards. Not much else to say about this one.


This is my very first Travis Lee relic card! Black Diamond was a pretty cool set. The Goatee doesn't really work for Lee, but it's fitting for the year.


I don't remember Jose Cruz Jr. ever playing for the Dbacks... Still a cool card though


I let out a big sigh every time I see a card of Brandon Webb. The dude was such an awesome pitcher but fizzled out so fast. 


This relic card has a nice clean feel to it. The purple pinstripe is a great added touch. Matt Williams always looked to me like he was way too old to still be playing baseball when he was on the Dbacks. 


And my favorite card of the package, which my scanner decided to terribly auto-crop. I love the framed mini relic and autos Topps produces. 

Thanks so much for the cards, Matt!

Thanks for reading!