Thursday, February 11, 2016

Card of the Day - 2015 Topps Five Star : Clayton Kershaw Silver Signatures Autograph (33/50)


Silver autograph on a black background of a thick card with future hall of famer Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers on it? Yup, it is as beautiful in person as it is when I typed that first sentence. Yet another Kershaw autograph has been added to the collection and at the rate I am going I might hit 40 by the end of the year. We shall see.

On one of my daily eBay searches for Kershaw autographs I came across this gem of a card on a BIN auction for a very reasonable price. Book has it valued from $40-100 and the price the seller was asking for was right around the low end of book. I put it on my watch list but I was the 9th to do so since the auction went live a day earlier. The reason I didn't just hit the purchase button right then and there was because I wanted to inquire about the card's condition with it being a Five Star which can have fraying issues. I reached out to the seller and hoped to receive an answer quickly so I didn't lose out on it and not 15 minutes later he relieved any concerns I had for the card and I promptly "bought" it and had it in hand a few days later.

Once I had it in front of me I believe it has a very good chance of coming back as a BGS 9.5 as you know I already had that in mind when I bought it. It's now in the stack and waiting for Beckett to come back to town next month.


Thirty-Three
of
Fifty

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Card of the Day - 2015 Topps High Tek : Mike Trout Drama Tek Performers Insert (36/50)


It took a little more than 2 days of back and forth negotiating with our friends from Taiwan but in the end I was able to secure yet another numbered and limited Trout card and with a book value range of $15-40 it was had at a discount.

With each acquisition of a 2015 Topps High Tek card I appreciate the brand more and more. The 2014 version is still an eyesore in my opinion but the 2015 is a vast improvement. The base cards are fine but the inserts, like this one, are a step above and with a print run of just 50 I had to make my move before they dried up on the market. BIN auctions with best offers are my bread and butter when it comes to eBay purchases and this one was no different. Thankfully the seller was agreeable to working out a deal that worked for both of us. Unlike other Asian transactions this card took awhile to get to me but as long as it makes it I don't really care about transit time as long as the card arrives in good condition which this one did.

My BGS stack is getting bigger and bigger and this one has been added to it. Volume wise the next submission batch might be the biggest yet.


Thirty-Six
of
Fifty

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Card of the Day - 2015 Topps High Tek : Clayton Kershaw Base Home Uniform Variant


It doesn't matter whether it's home or away, Clayton Kershaw is a the best player on the Dodgers and the best pitcher in baseball hands down. This card shows the Dodger great pitching in his home unis and with that I decided to pursue this High Tek card.

I prefer numbered and limited parallel cards but photo variations still hold a place in my collecting heart and this happens to be a type of "photo" variant. The base card in the set has Kershaw in road grays which I have no intention of acquiring or search for but this home whites card is a SP and holds a book value of $25 to $50 and I wanted to own it if I could find it on a deal.

Even though it's a SP they come up enough regularly on eBay that I just had to wait for the right price at the right time. I happened to lose out on one particular card from a seller but a hour later I was sent a 2nd chance offer for my high bid. I usually think that when this happens its not because the high bidder backed out but the seller had multiples or had someone bidding up his card and then decided to sell to next highest bidder which happened to be me. Normally I would pass but since my high bid was less than low book and I had nothing else going on that day I pulled the trigger and had this variant beauty in hand a few days later.

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Monday, February 8, 2016

Card of the Day - 2011 Topps Update : Mike Trout Base Wal Mart Blue Parallel BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5


The pursuit of acquiring all the different versions/parallels of the Trout card from the 2011 Topps Update set during the off season continues with another fine addition in the form of this blue parallel. While not numbered this is a limited parallel that could only be found in packs of cards that were sold at Wal-Mart.

I already have the diamond anniversary parallel and still haven't decided if I am going to pursue the cognac parallel (not very eye appealing to me) but the red (not numbered), gold (numbered to 2011), black (numbered to 60) and this blue one have and remain on my want list. The black I will probably never see due to its scarcity which leaves me with the other 3 colors to chase after. This blue was the 1st one to pop up on eBay for a reasonable price. It was on a BIN auction but thankfully the seller had a best offer attached to it as his asking price was too rich for my blood. Sent over a low ball offer and surprise surprise it was rejected. He actually sent over a counter that was reasonable and thankfully when I woke up the next day the card was still available as he sent the offer in the dead of night. I was one of a handful of watchers so I don't know how many other people he was negotiating with but I clicked the button and made it mine and it is now in hand.

Another great Trout pick up for the off season and hoping I can land the gold and red before the start of the 2016 season. I might circle back around to the cognac at some point but right now it is not high on the radar.


Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Card of the Day - 2014-15 Upper Deck Trilogy : Marian Gaborik Base Autograph


The journey to pick up at least one autograph card of any and every player to suit up in a Kings jersey continues with this Marian pick up which did not go as planned but in the end it went in my favor.

Since Marin hasn't been a King long there are not that many autographs with him in King's gear which made it difficult to lock one down. This Trilogy version caught my eye the 1st time I saw it but each and every time I bid on one I was outbid in the last seconds of the auctions so I had to turn my attention to other less desirable cards. Thankfully I never won those as finally this copy came up for sale from a seller from Canada. Once again people seem to shy away from it since it was an international seller but with my one bid which happen to be the only one on the auction I won my very own Gaborik autograph for the collection. Took awhile but I am happy that I lost out on all those others as this was had for less than any of the other Trilogies that sold.

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Card of the Day - 1954 Topps : Joe Black Base BVG Graded Excellent Mint 6.5


I had no idea what the final cost of this card would be on eBay but it surely was not the amount I ended up forking over for it.

As I try to gobble up as many vintage graded cards at a bargain as I can I am always on the lookout for Dodger players that aren't the most sought out for and Joe Black happens to be in that group. Everyone wants Koufax, Pee Wee, Drysdale et al but I have love for all vintage Dodgers especially ones that are decked in Brooklyn unis.

When this card is in BVG 7 it books for $150 and when its a BVG 6 it comes in at $40. Quite a steep drop in price from one whole grade level to the next. So if you average out the 2 a 6.5 would come in roughly at $95 give or take. If you went with a low end estimate maybe it comes in at $70. Well this card is only .5 from a 7 so I went with the average of $90 give or take so a bargain would be in the $45 range I would assume. Now that was not my price ceiling as I had my hands in other eBay auctions at the time and Joe was not a priority but when I was declared the winner at a little more than $20 I believed I won this on a steal. A nice win for me and with this card's acquisition it is now the oldest (62 years) card I own in my collection.


.5 from a 7 and $$$

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Friday, February 5, 2016

Card of the Day - 2013 Bowman Chrome : Corey Seager Base Green Refractor Parallel


I recently showed off my purchase of the red wave parallel of this 2013 Bowman Chrome card of Corey Seager and I thought with that card now in hand I was only 2 cards short of a full rainbow but upon looking into that matter further I found out I was actually 3 away from completion. Now with this green goody in hand I know I really am only 2 way from rainbow perfection.

I have the green parallel from the Draft set which is why I thought I already had this card but when I went to eBay to find one that would hopefully grade out nicely there were none to be had of the base Chrome so I had to sit and wait for a few weeks for this one to show up. When it did with its 99 cent starting bid I was all over it and was determined to win it at all costs (within reason of course).

A week later I came out on top for the exact amount of $10. Comic codes paid for it and now this card sits in my "to be graded" stack. Getting ever so close to finishing the rainbow.

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Card of the Day - 2015 Topps High Tek : Clayton Kershaw Base Autograph Clouds Diffractor Parallel (5/25) BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5


By the end of this year I hope to have at least 35-40 or so autographs of the best pitcher in baseball aka Clayton Kershaw. As I stated in an earlier Kershaw autograph post I want to someday to make the claim that I own 100 autographs of Kid K and this card's acquisition continues the long journey to that goal.

High Tek is a brand that I do not seek out when I am looking for autographs but this one popped up on one of my graded card searches and for a High Tek card its not that bad looking. The 2015 version is far and away better than the 2014 which was the brands reentry into the hobby.


Strong gem

With a print run of just 25 I expected I would be on the outside looking in when this auction came to a close. Even with it being off season this is Kershaw we are talking about and he is featured on a limited run autograph card that happened to already be graded as gem mint. I put it on my watch list and tracked it for the week. Final day was here and the high price sat at a very reasonable amount but I knew I was going to be busy when the auction was scheduled to end so I put in my bid which was a bit on the lower side than what I normally would bid on a Kershaw autograph but if I was meant to win it I would with that amount. A hour later I was declared the winner for $5 less than my high bid and with that I added yet another Kershaw autograph to the collection.


Five
of
Twenty-Five

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Card of the Day - 1957 Topps : Pee Wee Reese Base BVG Graded Near Mint 7.0


Pee Wee... the little man that could
Pee Wee... Jackie's friend and teammate
Pee Wee... Dodger great and Hall of Fame member
Pee Wee ... Part of the Penguin's graded vintage collection...finally

I have always admired Pee Wee and his career so much so that even with my liquidation of non core four players that I collect now I decided to keep my 1 of 1 Pee Wee autograph. That piece of history is a prized part of my collection and I don't see it ever leaving my possession (knock on wood). I knew at some point with my new focus on vintage graded cards I would land a Mr. Reese card and I finally did and at a bargain IMO and with the 7 grade attached to it this card is now my highest graded vintage card to date.

When I 1st came across this card on the bay I put it on my watch list but wasn't holding my breath on actually winning the card at anything that I was comfortable with. Surprisingly on the last day there was only 1 bid on it. Unsurprisingly 6 more bids were put on it in the final hour and once again surprisingly I ended up with the top bid and with it I now have this nice vintage Pee Wee in Brooklyn gear to pare up with my Pee Wee autograph.


Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Card of the Day - 2013 Bowman Chrome : Corey Seager Base Red Wave Refractor Parallel (23/25) BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5


Talk about right place at the right time for the acquisition of this card which happened to be on my watch list for the better part of a year.

Even though I wasn't doing the rainbow project for Seager when I first happened upon this card I still wanted it as it was a beauty of the Dodgers young stud and with the limited print run of just 25 I felt I had to have it. The card was on a BIN auction with a best offer option attached to it and I sent him an offer and it was promptly rejected with the message that he just couldn't let it go for any less than his set amount he had in mind which was way over my ceiling. I moved on but kept the card on my list just to see how much it would sell for if and when it did. It never sold . . .


As time went on I filled in most of my rainbow colors for Seager but was still missing this card and I had not found a raw version to pick up and noticed that this one still had gone unsold. Well will funds from sales in hand from all the reconstructing of my collection on top of eBay running a special on eBucks I decided to try again for this card. I knew what his limit was last time we talked but not only was I not going to offer that amount or my previous amount offer I instead sent an even lower amount which was almost 50% less than his asking price. Not 10 minutes later he accepted with no counter.

It might have taken almost a year but my patience paid off and I secured the 2nd to last "hard" color for the project. Getting ever so close.


Twenty-Three
of
Twenty-Five

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Monday, February 1, 2016

Card of the Day - 2015 Topps Heritage : Mike Trout Base Action Variant SP BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5


Trout
Camera
ACTION !!!

I am slowly becoming a bigger fan of the Heritage brand and landing this sweet looking SP card of Trout was a great acquisition.

Heritage pictures are always of the portrait variety but every year they put in photo variations of certain players in "action" and big names like Trout are always in that group. Mike has had a few throughout the years but those are much pricier than this 2015 version. I still plan to lock down previous years cards but multiple copies of this card came up for sale on the same day and ended on the same day as well so I held out hope that with plenty to choose from it would dilute the market a little and that it did.

Book has this at a high of $80 in raw form but snagging this bad boy that has been certified by BGS as gem mint for just a little over half of $80 was a coup in my opinion.


Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Sunday, January 31, 2016

2016 Dodgers Fan Fest Recap and a White Whale Finally Caught After EIGHT Years

What thankfully is now a yearly traditional in Dodger land, yesterday was the annual Fan Fest which each year is getting bigger and bigger. There were so many people there it felt like it was game day. Line for the bathroom, food was slow to acquire but surprisingly the beer line was non existent. Interesting to say the least.

Every year though I seem to get less and less autographs but this year there was a one I just had to have. The problem was that I was sure everyone had the same idea. Since that happened 30 minutes after I entered the stadium I will recap the day backwards.

My good friend Jimmy and his beautiful wife Michelle and their happy little boy helped me acquire an autograph for a project that is now more than half way done. I was planning to get my one and only autograph of the day and leave but Jimmy said he had no real use for Bill Russell and that I could have it. Couldn't pass that up and I decided to pay him with with a beer.


This is my 1970's photo of the Dodgers which I hope to complete one day. I haven't been lucky enough to see Bill around the stadium lately but I also didn't want to pay $25 for his autograph but a beer and some time with good friends is a great deal and I got to add Bill to this photo. That is now 6 of 10 players I have acquired. Should be able to get Monday this year but Dusty, Don and Reggie will be harder to track down.

Thursday the wife and I went to Select a Set for Season Ticket Holders and though I upgraded my seats I did not get a chance to sit in them at the event. Usually when you upgrade you take the tag on an available seat and take it to the office and get your seats changed. Well I did pick up a couple of tags but when I sat down with the Dodger rep I asked if there was anything that wasn't advertised and surprisingly there were and I was able to move over 1 full section and 10 rows down. I can not move over anymore without going into the next price bracket which I will not be doing so this might be my final upgrade.


Walked up to Loge 157 and saw that the row had a marker which not all rows have which I think is kind of cool. Plus if for some reason a friend or God forbid I get lost I can find my way back to my seat by looking for this marker. Ha ha.


My new view from row F in 157. I still believe the Loge level has the best view in the stadium and I am happy to say I am a season ticket holder in the this wonderful section.

Now to the big event of the day. It was announced a day before the sale for Fan Fest that there would be 3 meet and greets at the event. They have had these before but I was never interested in any of them and the cost of them ($150) was/is cost prohibitive. This year was different though.

There was a Lasorda meet and greet and a Valenzuela meet and great. That's nice and all but I am not paying that amount when I get them for free on almost anything I own. This year though they announced that none other than CLAYTON FREAKING KERSHAW was going to be one of the 3 meet and greets. Hot damn. I was lucky enough to be at his MLB debut back in May of 2008 and I have been carrying the ticket from that game since then trying to get him to sign it. Year in and year out I have been close but each time I was denied by him. Now was my chance to get him.

$150 was worth it to me but as many of you know I am a hustler online and while many would frown upon a practice I like to do, money does not grow on trees and where there is demand I hope to come in with a supply. I knew that Puig would sell so when the 12 p.m. sale went on for autograph tickets I secured tickets for Yasiel for the sole purpose of selling them to pay for the Kershaw event. I indeed bought the Puig tickets and flipped them on eBay which made the cost of the Kershaw event ZERO dollars for me.


When the Kershaw event went on sale there was no mention of his name (nor Lasorda or Fernando for that matter) so you had to know which event each player was in. I could have ended up paying 150 for Fernando. Now that would have pissed me off royally. I noticed when I went to go pick up my tickets that I was "seat" 7 which is cool since that is my marriage number. Lucky number 7 strikes again.

Now for the amazing part. When I arrived to the Stadium I assumed/expected that for a 30 minute event that there would be maybe 75/100 tickets sold for it. Considering there are 30K of Season Ticket Holders and countless more fans I considering myself immensely lucky I snagged 2 tickets for this event. While my friend and I waited for the time to go see Clayton we noticed there were just not that many people. Everyone was in pairs, which I expected as most would buy 2 not just 1 ticket for this, and there definitely not 75/100 people. We all started to talk and found out the highest ticket number was 30. 30? That's all for this event? Holy crap. Upon further conversing it was rumored that only 20 were offered to STH's at 10 and there were 10 left over for the general public at 12 so the Dodgers could not be accused of giving everything to STH's. I personally met 3 from the group at 12 purchase time so it seems this story rings true. That means if the 20 tickets sold at 10 were bought in pairs that would mean that only 10 people out of literally thousands of people were lucky enough to get their hands on tickets for this event. Man, I beat the odds and yes I went and bought lotto tickets yesterday to see if my luck will transfer there. Lol.


Off the group went to the club level to meet the best pitcher in baseball. Clayton was more than nice with every fan that he met and I gave him the thumbs up for him showing up. This may be the only time he ever does Fan Fest as every previous year he has been with his wife in Africa doing his charity work. The thinking among fans is he stayed in the country this year as he had his first kid last year so she might be too young to travel for a year or two. If this is the only time I meet Clayton then it was a great one time event.

Of course here is the ticket which will soon be slabbed by BGS and stored away and even though it is not the most valuable Kershaw piece in my collection it is my most cherished one.



I debated on which color to use as I just didn't think blue would pop on this ticket since it is mostly blue itself. I settled on black and I think it came out great.

I can't believe I finally own this completed piece. Thank you again to the Dodgers for hosting Fan Fest and a special thanks to Clayton for taking the time to meet a handful of fans.

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Card of the Day - 1963 Topps : Sandy Koufax Base BVG Graded Excellent 6.0


The time finally arrived for me to acquire my first graded vintage card of the legendary Dodger and Hall of Fame member Sandy freaking Koufax.

With my new collecting focus being on just Kershaw, Koufax, Trout, Corey Seager and vintage cards this particular one fit into 2 of those 5 categories. The 1963 Topps release is one of the best looking sets Topps ever released (in my opinion) and since this card is 8 years younger than Sandy's rookie year of 1955 that meant this card would be easier to acquire price wise. That said Koufax cards still command top dollar in the eBay world and this was no different.

Found this card on a BIN auction and after 2 days of a lot of haggling with the seller we were able to lock in a favorable price for the both of us and within a week I had my first vintage Koufax card and I couldn't be happier. Unlike most older Dodgers I will try to collect multiple cards of Koufax so hopefully this is the first of many of the Dodger great.


Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Friday, January 29, 2016

Card of the Day - 2014 Topps : Mike Trout Base Sabermetrics Variant BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5


On one of my daily hunts for graded gems of Trout and his cards in general had me come across this variant. One that if you weren't looking for it you would think it was just the normal base card but it is not.

Topps made variants of some of the players in their 2014 release where their stats on the back of the card weren't the traditional ones (home runs, hits, et al) but the newer ones (OPS+, WAR, et al) that people use in assessing players nowadays. While unique it doesn't really mean all that much to the value of this card which books from a low of $8 to a high of $20. Unlike photo variations these stat variants don't excite me that much, unless I can score it at a deal.


This auction started with a 99 cent asking price and while I didn't focus too much on it I kept it on my watch list to see what it would go for or if I could snipe it at the end for a steal. I ended up the winner for the grand total of 6 dollar bills and 1 measly penny. That is less than what the cost is to grade a card. I couldn't pass up on that good of a deal for a variant of the best everyday player in baseball today.


Sabermetrics Stats

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Card of the Day - 2013 Bowman Draft : Corey Seager Base Chrome Blue Refractor Parallel (75/99) BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5


While my main rainbow project for Seager is coming along quite nicely for the base Bowman Chrome release from 2013 the Bowman Chrome Draft version is severely lacking but I am trying to fix that and this card's acquisition is a step in the right direction.

There are almost no differences between the Draft and base Bowman Chrome sets BUT this blue refractor parallel is an exception as the base version has a print run of 250 and the Draft one has a scant run of just 99. All the other colors have the same print run between the two sets so this makes this card the one outlier between the sets. I already have the base one in gem mint form and was hoping to add this one at some point.


I have been looking for a raw version of this card for well over a year and not one in a condition I was happy with has popped up anywhere. When this one showed up on the bay I quickly put all my attention on it as it might be a long while till I saw another one, raw or otherwise. With that mentality I gave myself a little more of a ceiling and thankfully I did as it took all of it and a bid at the very end of the auction to lock in this card. It was close but I finally got my hands on this elusive blue beauty.


Seventy-Five
of
Ninety-Nine

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day

-Penguin

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Card of the Day - 2011 Bowman Chrome : Mike Trout Base Refractor Parallel BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5


This off season I made it a goal to round up as many "bargain" deals on eBay and other sites for Mike Trout cards in general and graded ones specifically. This one in my eyes became the best of the batch so far and it happened to be on a traditional eBay auction,

While I already picked up a pristine refractor copy of the draft version from the same year I still needed a copy from the base set which is still considered the more desirable one to have. With the pristine draft in hand I didn't need to have the base to have that grade as well but it did have to be a gem mint 9.5. No exceptions on that front. Most times when this card comes up for sale it is on a BIN auction with a price north of $225 and I would have none of that. So when this one popped up on the bay for a starting price of $9.99 with no reserve I zeroed in on it and hoped for the best.

I was armed with enough funds from my non core 4 liquidation auctions that I had a soft ceiling that I thought was reasonable for this card. I looked at recent past completed sales of this card and while they were lower than $225 it was still closer to $200 than $100 so when I landed/won it for barely above book I was giddy. Another gem mint Trout for the collection. With the 2 base refractors out of the way I can now concentrate on the non refractors from both sets which are much cheaper. Might even make it around to the purple refractor if all plays out right. I'm sure the wife will claim that one immediately considering the color. Ha Ha


Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Card of the Day - 2011 Topps Triple Threads : Clayton Kershaw Base Autograph (82/99) BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5


That's right, another Kershaw autograph for the collection. Right place, right time as I had just sold a couple of cards in my collection refocus sell off that I was/am doing at the time this card became available. Also looking for graded cards of this Dodger great and this one fit the bill to a "T".

While I don't actively pursue relic cards anymore I will try to acquire them if an on card autograph is attached to which is what this card is. Though this relic is a plain white version I like how "LA" and "22" are shown on top of it. A nice touch.


Gold is beautiful

When I acquired this card it was officially off season and Kershaw recently "lost" the CY Young award so I didn't expect as much of a bidding war for this card and even with 18 bids the cost was still low when compared to what it probably would have gone for if it was in season or if Kershaw would have secured his 4th CY Young award. I gave myself a little more of a ceiling price wise considering my other card sales but in the end it wasn't necessary as I won this card for what I thought was cheap considering it books for a low of $50 and a high of $100 and I was closer to the lower end than the high and it has already been certified as gem mint 9.5 which makes it even more of a bargain in my eyes.

My new goal, which will probably take at least 10 years considering how picky I am on autographs and cards, is to have 100 Kershaw autographs in my collection. I haven't done a recent count but with this card now in the fold I am nearing 30 I believe. A long way to go for me but a fun journey it will be I'm sure.


Eighty-Two
of
Ninety-Nine


Perfect ten on auto

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Monday, January 25, 2016

Card of the Day - 2015 Topps Chrome : Mike Trout Base Blue Refractor Parallel (119/150)


It took me to the off season to finally land this beauty from the 2015 Topps Chrome reason. I had been hunting down a copy of this blue Trout for months but the asking price was always too much for my tastes. That finally ended when I locked in this card on a traditional eBay auction.

For some reason this books for a high of $50. Even though it is a limited parallel of the best everyday player in baseball there is no way I could rationalize that amount or even the low book of $20. That thinking is what caused the absence of this card from my collection till now.

I bargained with sellers on BIN auctions but no one bit on my offers and the few auctions I partook in ended up going over my price cap. That is until this one landed at my doorstep at the cost of 3 foot longs from Subway. Took awhile but my patience prevailed as I won it for less than low book which wouldn't have happened it it was baseball season.


One Nineteen
of
One Fifty

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Card of the Day - 2014 Topps : Clayton Kershaw Base Throwing Variant BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5


I had acquired this card in raw form back in 2014 but then I ended it up selling it in a group sale of base Kershaws that I didn't "need" anymore but now that I am back into acquiring numbered, limited or variants of Kershaw (and Trout for that matter) I was back in the market for this card.

This is variant of the base card from the Topps set but even though its more "rare" than its base counterpart the book value is only moderately higher with a low of $6 and a high of $15. I was planning to pick this up in raw form once again with my price ceiling being somewhere in the $3-5 price range considering it is a year old and its the off season. I starting looking for it on the bay and came across this copy and thought what the hell, might as well try if I could snag it for cheap. It being graded probably adds zero value to the card as its not one for investment purposes. That said I'd pay a couple more dollars for it if it meant I could store it away easier. I didn't even have to that as the final cost was a mere $3.25 which was within my personal price range for it in raw form. Nice little eBay steal for ole Penguin.


Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Card of the Day - 2015 Topps High Tek : Mike Trout Bright Horizons Insert (25/50)


As I stated earlier and if you happened to miss that you could probably tell by all the Trout cards recently I am trying to hoard up on limited and/or graded cards of the Angel great this off season and I ended up with this card because I was looking for a different one and for some reason this popped up in the search.

I am very picky when it comes to the Tek brand as the basic card design is not overly pleasing to me but some of the inserts that are "toned" down compared to the main set are quite nice and this is one of them. I knew that the "Bright Horizons" insert set would be released but since I didn't know what it looked like I didn't put it my want list. That changed when I finally saw one on eBay and decided I wanted this numbered beauty.

Past sales gave me an idea what I would be comfortable with parting for it and one day this showed up on a BIN auction with a price that was within my comfort range. Clicked the button, received the card and due to its nice condition I put it into my BGS pile. Another day, another Trout for the collection.


Twenty-Five
of
Fifty

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Friday, January 22, 2016

Card of the Day - 2015 Topps High Tek : Clayton Kershaw Low Tek Diffractors Insert (38/50)


As I patiently await the autograph version of this card from Topps and their redemption program I was on the look out for the non autograph version and with only 50 copies it was irritating that I kept missing out on it copy after copy.

It books from $6-15 but each one I tried to pick up went for at least $15 which I just wasn't going to do. I love me some numbered Kershaw cards and I find this card very appealing but I wasn't going to fork over $15 for it. I probably lost out on at least 10 copies but finally one day as I refreshed my eBay feed this copy popped up on a BIN for $10. Finally one for a reasonable price. Clicked the button, paid the $10 and had the card in hand a week later.

This card will look great lined up with its autograph brother whenever that one makes it to me. Till then I am content with this one that I can finally call my own.


Thirty-Eight
of
Fifty

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin