Saturday, April 18, 2015

Card of the Day - 2002 Topps 206 : Kazuhisa Ishii Mini Frame Autograph

It's always fun to be on a pursuit of an autograph that is new to you. Kershaw, Kemp, Trout etc. are always on the watch list and always hunted for but when you search for an autograph of a player for the first time there is something about that search. Former Dodger Ishii became that focus for me a couple months ago.

I am always searching for older Dodgers that I never had the chance to meet in person or that normally pop up on generic Dodger autograph searches but until recently Ishii never showed up on any of those searches due to what I assume is the scarcity of demand for his autograph and his cards in general. One day I saw a fellow blogger (can't remember who, sorry) post about his purchase of an Ishii autograph and realized I never have looked for one for myself. Challenge accepted.

Off to eBay I went and found myself wanting. Not much to chose from and what was there I felt were of lesser quality. Off to few other places but in the end I ended up back at COMC and found this card for way off of book which is $40. Anything more than $10 would have been too pricey for me which this card was not thankfully.

Ishii finally has a place in my collection.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Card of the Day - 2015 Topps : Joc Pederson Base Silver Frame Parallel (2/20)

I am kind of surprised that I ended up with this card this quickly as this is only the 3rd one to hit the bay since its release (I saw number 4 after acquiring this one). The reason I had that thinking is that Beckett has this pegged at $50 and the 1st eBay auction ended at $35. I never saw it so I missed out but that seem to be pretty reasonable. Then the 2nd card hit eBay and when all was said and done that one clocked in at almost $100. 18 copies left and since this is considered his rookie card I thought I would be in for a fight for the remaining copies out there. Thankfully the seller of this card was willing to deal.

The seller put this on eBay and I happened to be on at that time and it had been live for just 10 minutes. He had a starting asking price of $5 with no BIN but instead of playing the auction game for a week I contacted him and asked if he would change the auction to a BIN one with an agreed price between us. After about 7 emails we finally were on the same page and I hit the BIN button and "won" my Joc card. My price was no where near the $100 the previous one sold for and for that I am thankful.

I am more on the boat with Seager and Urias so my collection of Joc cards is lacking compared to those two so adding a nice limited card of his early in his career for a reasonable amount can only be a good thing. As with most of my recent acquisitions this card has been put in the BGS pile for grading and anything less than gem mint would be a disappointment in my eyes.


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Card of the Day - 2013 Topps Five Star : Fred McGriff Silver Signatures Autograph Blue Parallel (21/25)

The crime dog finally make his first appearance in my collection. As a former Dodger he was always on my wish list for an autographed ball but he was on the list so long that I stopped collecting signed balls and moved to cards and never acquired his autograph. Till now.

Though I wanted to have Mr. McGriff's autograph while he was dressed in Dodger blue I knew that was probably going to be a fruitless endeavor. I did research for that for about a week and nothing ever came up so I shifted my focus to just getting his autograph and with that I turned my eye to my favorite non chrome brand, Five Star.

I love silver signatures and then coupled with a blue background only makes this card better. For some reason this card books at $50 which no way was I going to fork over for but at 80% off of that? Sure, why not? No action on the auction and I was the one and only person to put a bid on this card and had it in my hands within a week.


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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Card of the Day - 2015 Topps Heritage : Yasiel Puig Base Chrome Black Refractor Parallel (48/66)

Another wild horse has been corralled and added to the collection.

With Kershaw in the fold there was only Puig and Trout left for me to acquire when it came to the big names I was hunting down to complete my Heritage checklist. Trout is still swimming in some stream as I haven't been able to lock down a copy but I was able to nab Puig at the last second on an auction that did not go as high as I expected.

There have been numerous copies previously sold on eBay with most going for over $60 and my ceiling was not that high even though Beckett has this valued at $100.

One fine Sunday night this copy was about to end around 7 at night and the price was well below the highs of the $60 sales so at the last possible second I put in a bid that was lower than what I have been putting in for the other auctions and was pleasantly surprised that I came out on top. Woo Hoo.

Card arrived a week later and as in the picture in hand this card looks primed for a good return grade from BGS which it has been now earmarked for. Now to harness that Trout.


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

4.14.15 Dodger Penguin #walletcard Contest Update and Standings

Contest just started but I wanted to give an update plus how future updates will come about.

I will post the pictures that were used in the contest here in a "timely" manner and show who earned the point or points for said picture so there is no discrepancy on the winner. IF for some reason there is and you think you have a claim to a point that was assigned to someone else please bring it up to my attention and I will look into the matter. At the bottom of this post will be the continuously updated standings.

Obviously this post is pretty bare for now but by the end of October it will be full of pictures. Once again, good luck to all and have fun.

1.8.15 :

5 points earned by Jesse for his blog post as seen HERE
5 points awards to Caitlin for her blog post as seen HERE
Caitlin's points have been forfeited due to deceiving and fraud

1.9.15 :

5 points earned by The Dutch Card Guy for his blog post as seen HERE

1.20.15 :

5 points earned by Greg for his blog post as seen HERE


5 points earned by Alex for his blog post as seen HERE


1 point awarded to Alex
1 point awarded to Jesse
1 point awarded to Derek

Couple days ago I was trying to win a pair of glasses for my wife and these 3 good friends/supporters tried to help out by liking my FB post and even though I didn't win (as I stated I would award a point to each person that helped out if I won) I am going to award a point anyways. Derek stated just give his point to Jesse (which I did) but I still think he deserves one so he gets one anyways. Thank you again guys.

2 points awarded to Aus

When I do my post in a couple weeks showing off the autographs that will be in the contest there will be another added to the pile. A total of 8 now. Aus picked up an autograph at Dodger Fanfest but didn't want it so he donated it to the contest so I have given him an extra 2 points for his generosity. No I am not playing favorites, if you want to do the same I will award you the same amount.


2 points awarded to Luis

Going forward and until the end of the contest I will award 2 points to anyone that does a trade with me whether it was initiated by me or you. An extra little bonus for everyone. I like do trades so please contact me if you see anything you like in my trade bait or collection and have something you think I might like or need.

Kershaw and I at Del Taco
1 point awarded to Jesse

Kershaw and I at 3rd St. Promenade 
1 point awarded to Alex

Kershaw and I at Staples Center taking in the Devils vs. the Kings
Like the Kershaw the Kings were not focused
2 points awarded to Jesse

Kershaw and I at Howard Hughes to take in American Sniper
2 points awarded to Jesse

Spider-Man's clone Ben Reilly dies in this issue
1 point awarded to Aus 

1st Dodger Dog of the year at the Stadium Club Restaurant at Dodger Stadium
1 point awarded to Aus

Alex answered correctly with Alex. Appropriate I would say.
1 point awarded to Alex

Keith answered correctly with the Cubs winning the World Series according to Sporting News.
Yeah, that's not happening.
Up to six people with earned points. Everyone as of now still guaranteed an autograph

JBAutgraphs correctly answered that it was Barry Melrose Legends night at Staples yesterday.
1 point awarded to him and we are up to 8 people.
Everyone still guaranteed an autograph

Alex answered correctly with 24 Hour Fitness.
1 point added to his total.

Dodgers Play Ball from IG answered correctly with General Patton's Museum
1 point and another new entry into the contest

Jesse answered correctly with Chase Field and also answered the bonus question of what restaurant I was eating at.
2 points added to his total.

Alex answered correctly with "Fishbone".
Wife and I saw them in Redondo Beach and that concert ended at 1 in the morning on 2.28
We then traveled to the RWB in Coachella and saw them again at 7 in the evening.
Headliner and opening act in the same day.

Bernardo aka T3XASK1N6 on IG correctly answered with The Kite Festival at Redondo Beach
Lots of great kites.
Another new player in the contest.

Yet another newcomer to the contest, Al Kawamoto, correctly answered Robopocolypse.

Austin chips away with a one point for guessing correctly "King's Hawaiian"

Standings :

13 Points for Jesse
10 Points for Alex
5 Points for Greg
5 Points for The Dutch Card Guy
5 Points for Austin
2 Points for Luis
1 Point for Al Kawamoto
1 Point for Bernardo
1 Point for Derek
1 Point for Dodgers Play Ball
1 Point for JBAutographs
1 Point for Keith

Card of the Day - 2014 Topps Chrome : Matt Kemp Base Blue Refractor Parallel (36/199)

Even though Matt has "fallen" to my 3rd favorite player (Kershaw, Trout) in baseball he is still a main focus in my collection as evident by my autograph section of him.

Back in the day I wouldn't hesitate at a higher than normal price for Matt but at this moment those days are gone though as I think 2015 might be even a better year than 2014 was as we saw flashes of his 2011 brilliance once again.

With Beckett valuing this card at $4 my ceiling for it was pretty small as I couldn't find it via trade from anyone. As with most of these color parallels most prices on auctions sites were too high for my tastes but one day I was lucky enough to come across this one for a little less than $2 delivered. Not too shabby. .

36 of 199

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Card of the Day - 2015 Topps Heritage : Clayton Kershaw Base Chrome Black Refractor Parallel (31/66)

With Ryu in the fold I had my eyes on this Kershaw which was up for sale on the bay at the same time as Ryu's card. Kershaw, Puig and Trout are the big names that are on my list to acquire from this black parallel set and with only 66 copies of each I had to get my hands on them quickly but at the same time for a reasonable cost.

While Puig also demands a high price, Kershaw is and will be my main focus on all things Dodger going forward. Won't pass up on great deals but Kershaw is first and when acquiring any newer cards I am looking for top quality as the only ones I will be hunting for will be numbered and/or limited and I plan to submit most if not all to BGS in the future. So when I saw this copy that same day as Ryu's I knew I wanted it as in the picture the card looks perfect with only the slightest off centering that I can see.

I could have played the auction game but I contacted the seller and asked if he would end the auction and sell it to my at a price I thought was reasonable. He said sure but at a slightly higher price than I stated. It wasn't too far off so I said yes and within a couple days I had my Kershaw copy. Card looks clean and now I can concentrate on getting Puig's and Trouts's chrome as this card is now in my BGS pile.

31 / 66

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Card of the Day - 2003 Topps Traded : James Loney Signature Moves Autograph

I recently finally acquired the crime dog's (Fred McGriff) autograph and now I finally reacquired the lone dog's autograph.

I have met James a couple of times and had acquired his autograph on a ball but that was sold during the ball purge and for some reason I had forgotten to reacquire his autograph for my collection.

I would have preferred to have his autograph represented on some chrome whether it had been Bowman or Topps but every single time I went looking for said card(s) the price was too high for this former Dodger. We are talking $7+ and that is before S/H was factored in. Surprisingly I couldn't find a copy from a fellow blogger who was willing to trade so I had to sit and wait.

Even though this is not a chrome card, it is an on card autograph which trumps the chrome need. Price was good so the purchase was guilt free. Welcome back James.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Card of the Day - 2014 Bowman Chrome : Hyun-Jin Ryu Base Blue Refractor Parallel (242/250)

With Adrian's blue refractor being the new low price point ($1) to shoot for I continued my search for some more blue refractors.

While I wasn't able to get Ryu here at that same price I was okay with it being just 25 cents more to get my hands on it though. Ryu happened to be another player I had to sit around and wait till the price came to a point where I was comfortable paying and it finally did. Like Adrian, Ryu's prices were too high for my tastes with most sellers asking at least $3. Again, nothing on eBay or with trading partners but one day I came across it by accident and scooped it up for the aforementioned price of just $1.25.

Another card of our favorite Korean has been added to my collection. I expect big things out of him on the field in 2015.

242 / 250

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Card of the Day - 2013 Topps Chrome : Clayton Kershaw Base Camo Refractor Parallel (9/15) BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5

And now the final post about my recent off eBay trade. It has been all Koufax and Kershaw cards so far and that doesn't change here as I got my hands on the only gem mint copy of this highly limited card. 

I am not the biggest fan of camo colored parallels (blue and black are my cup of tea) and with them being numbered to only 15 the prices were always too high for me to put any interest into them. Even with it being Kershaw I would rather use my Paypal funds on other cards that I would be happier with. Well when the eBay seller asked for the cards he wanted I knew he better have something decent to return to me as he didn't have an autograph card of anyone I wanted. He presented me with this. Well, well, well. 

I quickly looked this up on Beckett and saw that it is the only one in the world that has been graded and gem mint at that. There is no book value due to its scarcity but a raw copy is currently on eBay with an asking price of $85. Though it has yet to sell I am going to say with my educated guess that this card would probably fetch anywhere from that $85 to maybe $100. Of course I am saying that as of today but AS Kershaw continues on his Hall of Fame pace this card could and probably will rise in value. 

The cards I parted with probably have hit their peak and I did sell them at one of their lowest points but the cards I did receive in return were great for me. This card alone is worth one card that I gave him and if that Bazooka card grades out (more on that soon) then the trade really puts a smile on my face. 

edit : This was written up prior to receiving the results from BGS and since then the Bazooka has come back as PRISTINE. This trade just got better for me. 

Gem mint across the board


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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Card of the Day - 2012 Topps Heritage : Sandy Koufax 63 Mint (Coin) PSA Graded Near Mint 8

Part 3 of four posts pertaining to my recent eBay trade.

All the cards are either Koufax or Kershaw and today we get to the one graded card of Koufax.

This particular card doesn't really fit into any part of my collection other than it being of Dodger great Sandy Koufax. I don't do PSA submissions and I have never owned a coin card but acquiring this unique card was a chance I wouldn't pass up.

This card originally sold for $30 on eBay but that really doesn't matter to me. If I ever do choose to sell it I would crack it open and sell it "raw" as I probably could clear at least $35 since book is give or take $50.

I love the look of this card with the old timey photo and the pastel colors. As I've said many times my collection of Koufax cards is minimal and adding another one is always a plus.

I could probably be talked out of this card on a trade so if it interests you feel free to contact me but till then I will enjoy it my collection. One more post coming up from my trade.

Near Mint 8

Better look at the coin.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Card(s) of the Day - 2011,13,14 Allen and Ginter : Clayton Kershaw / Sandy Koufax Ext Minis

2011 Ext Mini

Part two of the eBay trade I started sharing about a few weeks ago. The Bazooka was showcased earlier prior to these and the next 2 days worth of cards due to it being included in the BGS submission from last month but now I can get back to the trade and finish off the posts.

As stated I traded away a couple of autograph Ginters and in turn picked up 7 cards and they are all Kershaw and Koufaxs. Not a bad duo don't you think? 

2013 Ext Mini

Prior to now I have never owned any Ext minis from the Ginter due to them only coming in rip cards which go for a ridiculous amount on the aftermarket. If ripped and in turn these are sold on eBay or wherever where most sellers are looking for at least $20 a pop for them with book being as high as $50. Since there are more pressing cards for me to acquire I never searched these out. 

2013 Ext Mini

Considering each would cost me $20 each that would mean these would cost me give or take $80 depending on any given day. So getting these all in one swoop is a score for me. My Koufax collection is severely lacking and it's nice to own another one of his.

2014 Ext Mini

Of course the main reason I wanted these were because of Kershaw. Though I don't collect many non refractors when the opportunity presented itself to me to pick these up at nothing out of pocket I couldn't pass it up.

While at least 2 of the 4 probably would grade out to a gem mint 9.5 I will not be submitting them to BGS for that unless in the future the price really jumps on these (which I don't think they will).

Great looking cards with the purchase price of free.
= )

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Card of the Day - 2015 Topps : Mike Trout Base Silver Frame Parallel (2/20)

There are only 20 copies per player (card) for these silver frame parallels and even though I had already picked up Kershaw and Greinke I knew that Trout would be the hardest to acquire and probably the priciest on my wish list. Just like the Topps Chrome black parallel I just acquired I expected it might be a long while till I got my hands on this card, Surprisingly and thankfully that was not the case.

From my calculation this was the 3rd or 4th Trout card to show up on the bay and the same day this auction was to end there happened to be another copy also up on the bay to purchase. Obviously both were on my watch list. This one was scheduled to end first with the other ending about 3 hours later. I hoped that would work to my advantage that two were available and maybe I could score a deal. Boy did I ever as I think people were asleep at the wheel or just assumed both copies would have to be won in a bidding war.

The high bid for this copy was about $30 less than what the previous 2 or 3 had sold for and I assumed it would at least get somewhat close to that amount. I guessed wrong as when I put my bid in with a few seconds left it raised the price only a couple of dollars. SCORE !!. Hours later the other copy went for $32 more. Don't know why everybody stayed away from this card but I am glad they did. Card came in with no issues and like most Trout cards it is ear marked for BGS for grading.


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Monday, April 6, 2015

Card of the Day - 2014 Topps Museum : Clayton Kershaw Collection Autograph (14/25) BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5

Though this post has been written up prior to today what better way to celebrate the start of the 2015 baseball season than to show off my latest acquisition of yet another Keshaw autograph and it being graded gem mint makes it all the better.

In a few short hours Clayton will be taking the mound to face his old teammate and friend Matt Kemp who is now with the San Diego Padres. Clayton will be the opening day starter once again and this will be the first game in his pursuit of another Cy Young award which would be his 4th in 5 years. I expect a dominant performance from Kershaw and a "W" to start of the year right. Knock on wood of course.

This card had been on a BIN auction for at least the past 6 months with such a high price that I never expected to purchase it. Every 30 days the auction would end and the seller would relist it with the same price and I would continuously put it on my watch list. After another failed 30 day auction the seller relisted it once again but this time he put a best offer option to the auction. I had recently sold off some XBOX games and had comic code sales so I had some spare funds in my paypal account.

I sent the seller a very low offer which was almost 50% off his asking price. Just testing out the waters to see what response I would receive back. I was very happily surprised not a hour later that he actually accepted my low offer. Maybe he was just tired of relisting it or realized he was never going to get what he wanted for it. Only 25 copies of this card exist and this happens to be only 1 of 2 graded this high with none higher. A great acquisition.

The gold standard in baseball and grading

14 of 25

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Card of the Day - 2001 Sp Authentic : Shawn Green Chirography Autograph

Surprisingly it has been a chore to reacquire Mr. Green's autograph for my collection. He was part of the ball purge of 2014 but he was near the top of the list of making sure he was back in the collection in card form sooner rather than later. Easier said than done.

Shawn is one of the players that had to be represented in Dodger blue for the collection. That made it harder considering it also had to be an on card and not a sticker autograph. Searching and searching and I came up empty most days. The few auctions I did put a bid on I eventually lost out due to the price going over $10.

This particular card was being sold by a seller that had numerous Green autograph cards but this was one of only two that were on card. I hoped that with the multiple choices that there wouldn't be too many people on this one. Thankfully their were only two watchers (one being me) but in the end there was only one bid which was my winning one for a tad under $7 which included shipping and the spiffy acrylic case.

Simple design but a great on card autograph.

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Card of the Day - 2015 Topps Heritage : Hyun-Jin Ryu Base Chrome Black Refractor Parallel (60/66)

If collecting the new silver frame parallels of the flagship Topps brand wasn't enough they went and produced black chrome parallels from their recently released Heritage set. I wasn't planning on collecting Heritage cards but I can not resist me some black parallels so here we are again with another handful of cards I will be hunting down.

With only 66 copies of each card I knew going in that they would dry up semi fast with the big names (Trout, Kershaw, et al) going for bigger bucks. While I hunt those down I still need to get the lesser names and our favorite Korean is the 1st I was able to lock down.

When these cards came out there were no book values assigned to them so once again I had to shoot from the hip on acquiring them. Prices came out two days after I won this card and Beckett had this pegged at $25. With my purchase of it for more than half off of that I can only smile knowing that I picked it up at a decent price. One Dodger down many more to go.


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Friday, April 3, 2015

Card of the Day - 2013 Topps Tribute : Tim Raines Base Autograph Blue Parallel (16/50)

Another acquisition due to me ready the Up, Up and Away book about the Montreal franchise.

Tim was always on my long list of autographs to acquire at some point but was never on the "need to purchase now!" list. Finishing the book though put him back into my mind though. Other than it being an on card autograph the only thing that the card had to have was Tim shown in an Expos uniform. Plenty of choices out there with him in White Sox gear but I held out for the Expo version.

The Tribute brand had the most selection to chose from and the price seemed like it would be reasonable and not too harsh on the eBay wallet. After missing on a few as I was testing what the market was I settled in on this one and with a Beckett assigned book value of $25 I ended up wining it for more than 60% off of that stated value. A nice little pick up on the autograph front. Welcome to the collection Tim and hopefully one day soon to the Hall of Fame.

16 / 50

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