Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Card(s) of the Day - 2014 Bowman Inception : Julio Urias Base Autograph Blue Parallel ( 16 / 75 ) and 2013 Bowman Sterling Base Autograph

The third of 3 Bowman Inception blue parallels is finally in hand and with it came a bonus card.

Urias was/is the big name on the Dodger front from this year's issue of Inception and he was the last one I needed to acquire but each time I tried to buy this card I was out bid at the last moment. There are only 75 copies in existence and with a $40 book value the demand is high and copies are limited.

Well I had a 2013 Bowman Sterling card of Urias that I got graded as recapped HERE but it earned a disappointing mint 9 on the autograph and even though the overall grade was gem mint it still bothered me. Well I saw this auction for this Bowman Inception card and though I wanted/needed it the auction had another card that drew my interest and made me want to win this auction even more.

16 of 75
If I could be the high bidder ( which I was obviously ) I would not only win the coveted Inception card but I would also win this other card :

That's right, another Sterling autograph card. My thinking was if I could sell my "disappointing" Urias graded card that would help if not pay for most of this auction. I ended up selling said Sterling card the day before the 2 card Urias auction was to end and with known amount of funds that I had access to I knew what my ceiling would be. Thankfully the auction did not get too close to it and I came out the winner for both cards.

The Inception card would probably grade out to a 9 with an outside chance of a 9.5 ( going to submit it either way ) and the new Sterling card has a flawless autograph ( no 9 here ) but the card itself is like the Inception one and will for sure grade out a 9 with an outside chance at gem mint. Still debating if I am going to try my luck again with BGS on the Sterling card.

Swap out one Urias autograph card for two. A win any day of the week.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Card of the Day - 2012 Allen and Ginter : Clayton Kershaw Base Autograph

It has been a long while... too long...that I have acquired an autograph of the best pitcher on the planet, Mr Clayton Kershaw.

I still can't believe I was even thinking of selling one of the precious ones I do have to acquire a Corey Seager autograph but with that out of my system I wanted to add not subtract to my Kershaw collection. The prices on his cards keep going up and up so I better get a move on it if I expect to score a deal.

I will no longer be going after any sticker versions of Clayton's autograph even though they are of him and any Kershaw autograph is a good one. Guess I am getting kind of snobby in that aspect now.

Most copies were going too high for my tastes but I did find this 2012 A&G on a BIN auction with a best offer option. This particular year is my favorite of all the A&G issues as the autographs are black bordered. Well I saw that another person put in an offer so I put in one as well and noticed that the seller countered with the other person so I had to wait out a day till he ended up countering my offer. Surprisingly it was $25 less than his asking price and only $10 more than my offer. Wasn't going to pass that up so I accepted his offer and had the card in hand within the week.

I can tell that the centering would get a mint grade of 9.0 but everything else looks great. Not going to submit it for a full encased grade but I found out South Bay Sportscards is having another in house raw grade review by BGS in a few weeks so I will go that route and see how it grades out.

Even with a mint 9 I couldn't be happier with acquiring another Kershaw autograph for a very reasonable amount.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Card(s) of the Day - 2012 Bowman Sterling : Corey Seager Base Autographs

I'm seeing double and I couldn't be happier.

I already have a Corey autograph in my collection and also still waiting on a Topps Redemption for another but these blue beauties have always caught my eye and I wanted one. Problem was/is that a lot of other people want them too.

Like a lot of autograph cards I lost out on my fair share of eBay auctions for this card as with a book value of $25 I set my ceiling in the low dougble digits. I never expected to win one but just kept trying in case something slipped through the cracks. One day I saw these two ( it was actually four but two already sold ) on a BIN auction with a best offer option. Decided to throw an offer for both at just a little more than what I was looking to spend for one. Surprisingly within a few minutes the seller accepted and I became the proud owner of 2 autographed Seager cards. They came in a week later and are in great condition.

I really have no need for two Seagers so I am open to trading one if anyone is interested. Contact me if interested.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Card of the Day - 2013 Topps Five Star : Bo Jackson Base Autograph Rainbow Parallel ( 18 / 25 )

Long time readers of the blog might know that I have had issues with in person autograph sessions with Bo Jackson.

In 2013 I went to the Raider Fest at Frank and Sons and got Bo to sign an All-Star baseball. A great piece then shortly after the signature started to bleed. Ugh. So I sold it off as I found out that Bo would be attending the next Raider Fest.

Now its 2014 and I head back down to Frank and Sons and decide to try to get Bo to sign a black baseball with gold ink. I bring my own pen but he declines to use it and uses his own which is dry and in turn makes the autograph dull and ugly. Ugh again. Didn't even wait a day and sold it on eBay and thankfully it sold for the amount I paid for the Bo's autograph.

I have found out that Bo will be attending Raider Fest in 2015 and I am not sure if I will be trying my luck a third time but I still wanted a Bo autograph for my collection. Enter Topps Five Star.

This set has really become my own person gold mine for me to acquire autographs of players I never had or like Bo here reacquire ones that I once had on a ball. With still enough funds from the ball purge I was on the look out for this card. I lost out a few times but still held out hope.

A seller had this card up on a traditional auction with a BIN option. I contacted the buyer and asked how the condition of the card was as I wanted no fraying of the corners or surface issues which Five Star is known for. He finally contacted me back and said all was clear but when I went to buy it someone had bid on the card which took away the BIN option. Now I had to play the bidding game.

The days went by with a few bids put in but at the end of the week I was top dog with a top bid that was 7 dollars cheaper than his buy it now option at the beginning of the auction. Guess I saved a few bucks. Woo Hoo.

Bo is back once again in my collection. Let's see if I can get a gem mint grade by BGS on this one.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Card of the Day - 2013 Topps Chrome : Zack Greinke Base Blue Refractor Parallel ( 23 / 199 )

Back to Topps Chrome to work on my blue parallel refractor set of the Dodgers. Still need a few and with Puig being priced to high for my taste right now I focused on the supposedly easier to obtain cards.

I love everything blue but Topps in my opinion is a step below its Bowman Chrome sibling. BC is a true blue while Topps is more of a light, pale version of blue. Nonetheless I need all the Dodgers and Greinke was up on the bay for a measly $2. Rather pay a little less than that but as I haven't seen many copies I thought I should snatch it up now rather than hunt for it later at a possibly higher price.

My blueish Greinke card arrived and has found a home in my collection.

23 of 199

Friday, August 15, 2014

Card of the Day - 2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks : Yasiel Puig Base Blue Refractor Parallel ( 52 / 99 )

As long time readers know I am working on the blue parallel set from the 2013 Bowman Chrome issue. The base set has 440 cards and then Bowman always comes up with a draft pick set towards the end of the calendar year. I had been focusing on the main set with minimal interest in the draft pick set until I finished the other one. Well a few factors came into play on acquiring this card and I went across the big pond to get my hands on it.

The main reason that I wasn't looking to acquire this card yet was that it still has a $120 book value attached to it. Due to being numbered to 99 only while the base set blue Puig is numbered to 250 obviously is the main contributor to the higher price. I placed a bid here and there on this card through the year but always came up short with some auctions closing over $110. I used my eBay funds elsewhere. Well I sent in the base blue Puig that I had in my collection to get graded and it came back with a "disappointing" mint 9.0 grade. That was my fault as I didn't check the back for centering. All of that can be seen HERE .

I decided to go back onto eBay and see what the current market was on the draft pick blue Puig and the prices had come down since he has cooled off a tad in the past few weeks. I really want to have a gem mint blue of Puig and tried to narrow down my search to a good candidate for that. I found this one which looked pretty clean and the seller was nice enough to include a picture of the back of the card for people like me that forget to look at that. Looked good and I decided to go after it. The one thing that really popped out for me and made me believe that I had a good chance of picking this up at a very reasonable price was where the card is originating from, Japan. For some reason a lot of international auctions seem to scare off a lot of people. Less competition is fine by me.

On the last day of the auction the high bid stood at a little over $25. A lot less than I expected for this card. At the end of the day I came out on top with a winning bid at way more than 60% off of book and no money out of pocket ( again, thank you book sales ).

Surprisingly the card arrived in less than 10 days and other than a very slight "issue" on the back side lower right corner it looks to me like it might grade out to a gem mint 9.5. Centering is good ( even on the back ), surface is clean, edges sharp and if the corners get a 9.0 I think the others will off set it. We shall see but till then thank you to Japan for supplying me with a nice limited card of Puig.

52 / 99

Knocking on wood for this lower right corner

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Card(s) of the Day - 2013 Bowman Chrome Mini : Corey Seager Base Black Refractor Parallel ( 20 / 25 ) and Some Other Thrown In Friends

Bowman Chrome came out with a very late addition for a 2013 issue. These cards were released in 2014 but as a 2013 factory set. They are not sold in packs. I love me some minis so to acquire these I had to wait for people to buy their factory sets and then crack them open and sell them online. Same parallels exist as their bigger brothers ( blue, black etc ). With a few Dodgers in the set I had to see what I could get my hands on first.

20 / 25

I think I ended up with a great deal on this card. A seller had this in an auction with 3 other black refractors from the same set but didn't really describe Corey in the auction. Comparing other cards from the same set and what they have been selling for I would think it is safe assume that book value on this card alone will probably come in at the very minimum of $35 if not higher. I paid a click over $10 and that included 3 other refractors. Great way to start the mini project of 2013 Bowman Chrome.

** Edit - Card has a $50 book value assigned to. An even better deal.

The three "throw ins" in the auction. All for trade or purchase. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Card of the Day - 2014 Bowman Inception : Chris Anderson Base Autograph Blue Parallel ( 30 / 75 )

The second of the three Dodgers that I am pursuing within this year's Bowman Inception set has now been acquired.

I had already gotten my hands on Guerrero and now needed Anderson and Urias. Surprisingly enough the Anderson card was going for way more than I was willing to spend. Book value has it at $10 but most of the auctions that I partook in ended at or over that amount. eBay is supposed to be bargain hunting right? Ha Ha. Anyways, with only 75 copies of this blue card I had to keep my eyes open for any new copies that might show up. Finally this one came up for sale and had a reasonable asking price on a tradition auction. Had to wait a full 7 days but at the end of it I was the one and only bidder on the auction and became the proud owner of the card.

I have missed Chris the few times at Rancho Cucamonga so I have yet to acquire his autograph in person but considering the season he has had ( average at best ) I suspect he will start next season there so hopefully I can get him then. Till that happens though I have this nice blue copy to tide me over.

Two down with Urias the final one to acquire and my mini project will be complete.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Card of the Day - 2013 Topps Five Star : Miguel Cabrera Base Autograph Rainbow Parallel ( 19 / 25 )

Still trying to reacquire player's autographs on cards that I had on baseballs that I sold and Miguel Cabrera is/was a main one to get again and with this Topps Five Star of him I .... hold on, don't I have this card already?

If you recognize it from a previous post that means you actually looked on the blog on a semi continuous basis and for that I thank you. Well seen HERE is the card I "purchased" with my quarterly eBay bucks just a few weeks ago. So why did I go and get another one? Because I wanted one that would possibly grade out to gem mint by BGS.

As stated in the other card's post I believed it would grade out as a 9 due to an issue here and there and the autograph wasn't as crisp as I would like it to be. A great card still but if I could do "better" I would try my best to acquire it.

Well this beauty went up for sale and it is the rainbow parallel which means its only numbered to 25 unlike my 1st card which was numbered to 50. The autograph popped on screen and I went back and forth with the seller on potential "issues" with the card and I was pretty confident from what he told him that this copy would be better than the copy I already had. His auction was a BIN with a best offer option so he and I agreed on a price which was just a few dollars higher than the non parallel that I already had. I now had to sell the other one to use those funds to pay for this one as I wanted it to be an even swap. I waited till all Cabrera Five Star cards were sold to put mine up so it was the only one on eBay at the time. Action ensued within the hour and after its 3 day auction was over it sold for a $5 less than what I "spent" for the rainbow card.

Paid the seller and within a few days I had this new Cabrera card for my collection and it is definitely a step up from my 1st one. Only issue with the card is that one corner is slightly rounded but with my personal projection of 3 other 9.5 sub grades I think I might have a gem mint autographed Cabrera card. If not I still now have a more limited one that books for a little more than what my 1st one did.

19 / 25

Monday, August 11, 2014

Card of the Day - 2014 Bowman Inception : Alexander Guerrero Base Blue Parallel Autograph ( 20 / 75 )

Another new set recently was released and like Allen and Ginter, Bowman Inception was collected by me last year but this year it was cut from my list of brands to hunt for. But just like Allen and Ginter I will never pass on autographs of Dodgers.

There are 3 Dodgers of note within the set, Julios Urias, Chris Anderson and Alexander Guerrero. I will not be pursuing the base versions of any of their cards but I will be hunting down their blue parallels that are numbered to only 75. Alex here in fact has a black collection autograph card within the set that is numbered to only 25 but unless I score a major deal then I will be passing on that one.

Julio is my primary need/want from this set but Alexander is a close second as unlike Julio this is Alex's first certified MLB autograph on a card and since I sold my Alex autographed ball I had no representation of him in my collection.

I was surprised at the high sales of this card as he isn't even on the team and is 27 years old. But everything Cuban nowadays seems to be hot so I had to bide my time and wait for the right time to win this card at the right price. Finally that day came when someone put this up on a buy it now for less than every closed sale prior to that day. Didn't wait and snapped it up and within a week it came in. It will not be a candidate for grading as I can tell it would only grade out as a mint 9 which is not bad per se but I so do love my gem mints. No biggie as I am just happy to have his autograph back within my collection.

20 of 75

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Card of the Day - 2013 Topps Update : Sandy Koufax Commemorative Copper Coin Insert ( 64 / 99 )

I am really digging these manufactured commemorative cards that Topps continue to do. They are quite eye popping and I love the thickness of the cards. I have already picked up multiple Kemp cards but I have been on the look out for two classic Dodgers, Roy Campanella and Sandy Koufax. One down and one to go with the acquisition of Sandy here.

I had seen this card up on eBay for months and with it being numbered to just 99 it seemed like every one was up for sale during that time as I constantly lost each auction as I just wasn't going to go over my set amount. There are 3 versions of this coin, a copper one like this one numbered to 99, a wrought iron one numbered to 50 and then a steel one numbered to a mere 10 copies. Though I preferred the color of the wrought iron one I set my eyes on the copper due to me just wanted any version I can get my hands on and with 99 copies I thought it would be the easier of the two.

Beckett has this valued at $50 and each auction I lost was at least $28 with some topping $32+. Frustrating but I wasn't going to bend and the patience paid off as I won this one for almost 70% off of book. A great buy of a great player on a great looking card. The coin itself is heavy and detailed and a very welcome addition to my collection.

Front view showing off his 26 wins from 1965

Back view celebrating the Dodgers winning the 1965 NL Pennant 

64 of a scant 99

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Card of the Day - 2014 Topps : Jackie Robinson Black Framed Reprint ( card #10 )

Finally done.

The day I won this card on eBay the book value prices were released on the set and with the black frame versions coming in at $20 that made this final card acquisition feel all that much better.

The hunt was on for this final piece to the Jackie project and even though I wanted it to be done I was not going to overpay just for that privilege. Surprisingly there were no copies of the card on a BIN auction so I was left to the traditional ones to get my card. Couple of them priced themselves out as they went over $10. 50% is a good deal but I wanted more. A couple days went by with a couple more loses till this one was nearing its end and there was only one bid placed on it with 5 minutes to go. My last minute bid became the 3rd overall as someone else had the same idea as me but I came out on top with a winning bid of just a little under $7. A good buy.

A week later the card arrived and joined its 4 brothers in cases in my collection.

Another small project is now complete and I can now go back and try to find all my blue parallels of the Dodgers within the main set.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Card of the Day - 2014 Topps : Jackie Robinson Black Framed Reprint ( card #312 )

Another framed Jackie for the collection and now only one left to acquire.

This has been a fun little project as I love these metal frames and this year's subject is of a former Dodger and in some people's eyes the greatest Dodger due to what he brought to the game and more importantly how he help change the game.

For some reason this one cost a little more to acquire. I guess I picked the wrong day to win this particular auction.

The hunt is almost over. With 4 of the 5 in hand I just need 1 more to complete the set. Wish all projects were this easy to find, acquire and post about.

Attended Game Recap : DODGERS 7 @ angels ZIP, ZERO, NOTHING On August 7, 2014

The home and home series between the Dodgers and Angels came to a close last night with the Dodgers looking to win the season series from that little team from Anaheim for the first time since 2006. To do this they sent Korea's favorite soon Hyun-Jin Ryu to the mound to hopefully put an end to the Angel's recent dominance in the series. It also happened to be Mike Trout's birthday and the last two years on this day he has gone yard. Time to put that streak to rest as well.

The wife and I always attend one game at Dodger Stadium ( Tues with the Dodgers winning, natch ) and one game at the little A in Anaheim. This year our friend Eric joined us for the festivities and even though he supports the team in red it was a blast to enjoy the game with a rival fan. 

Mr. Ryu brought his A game and shut down the Angels. Even though the Dodgers were leading 4-0 in the bottom of the 6th you just knew that the Angels weren't finished yet. With 2 outs and Josh Hamilton at the plate he sent a Ryu pitch to deep center field which looked like it would go out for a 3 run home run until Puig caught up with it and recorded the out. The whole stadium was up and cheering but from that moment on you could tell the air was taken out of the Angel's sails. They would not threaten again and the Dodgers would tack on a few more runs for the final of 7-0. With that the Dodgers won both games in Anaheim and the Angel's rally monkey had this to say :

The atmosphere definitely had a playoff feel to it and seemed more Dodger leaning than when the teams played Monday and Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Dodgers showed up and manned up and took 3 out of 4 from the Angels. I finally have bragging rights within my household which has been missing for the past few years. In the end our group had a great time and we look forward to making this a yearly event.

Forever, Go Blue !!!

Happier times for the Angel fans prior to the game.
= )

Great looking horses in front of stadium prior to entry.
Disappointed they were not part of any pre-game ceremonies. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Card of the Day - 2014 Topps : Mike Trout Base SP Photo Variation ( Future Stars )

Series 2 from Topps has been out for a little while and I have yet to get my hands on any base cards that I am wanting/needing for my collection. But in the meantime I have been able to get my hands on the red foil parallels and some Robinson inserts and now I can add the photo variation of Trout to the pile.

Other than parallels I love to hunt down these variations. Most if not all the time they are not numbered but they are limited and that is a draw for me. At the time of purchase I was on the down swing of sales as they were selling for a little less of $20 but sometimes a little more. I felt that was too much so I waited on the sidelines till this one came up and I won it for a little less than $10. A reasonable amount I thought considering there was no book value assigned to it as of yet.

** Edit - Book value has since come out and it is set at $20. Purchase seems even more reasonable now

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Card of the Day - 2014 Topps : Jackie Robinson Black Framed Reprint ( card #50 )

After a brief dip into the silver framed numbered reprints I am back to the black versions.

Still needed 3 of the 5 reprints and with the prices dropping and more and more becoming available on the bay it is getting easier to pick up the remaining 3 at a nice low cost.

Of all the reprints this is my least favorite. I don't know why except that the look/design of the card is not as attractive to me as the other 4 are. Even with that said I still had to have all 5 as an incomplete set is just not acceptable for my collection. Won this card on a traditional auction as no sellers had it on a BIN for a reasonable amount.

3 down with 2 more to go and this quick little project will be over.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Card of the Day - 2014 Topps : Jackie Robinson Silver Framed Reprint ( 8 / 50 ) ( card # 1 )

With the acquisition of this card my collection of the framed Jackie cards will look a little odd but I am ok with that.

There are 5 framed reprint cards of Jackie in series 2 of this year's Topps brand and I already acquired my first one in black as the silver and gold parallels are of a limited number. I was just going to go for all black frames and that was going to be fine with me. The silver versions were closing at over $25 ( though that average price has come down some ) so I never looked for them to purchase.

One night though right before I was going to call it a night I looked at one of my favorite sellers on the bay who has a knack for putting things up real late at night and he put this one up on a BIN auction for a mere $10 delivered. Even though this would make my collection non color coordinated I wasn't going to pass up this great deal. Hit the buy it button and sent him the funds and as usual within a week I had the card.

That is now 2 of the 5 of the set I have gotten my hands on.

8 of 50

Monday, August 4, 2014

Card of the Day - 2014 Topps : Jackie Robinson Black Framed Reprint ( card #30 )

When the checklist for series 2 of Topps was released there were a few insert sets I wanted along with the normal base cards and the two parallels that I collect. But this and it's 4 brothers were the ones I set my eyes on and had top priority.

Topps decided to take 5 cards from their sets back in the day of Jackie Robinson and reprint them in metal framed form. I love these metal frames as I have acquired a few in the past year. A Koufax here, Trout there, an autograph Adrian to name just a few. Well you know I just have to acquire all 5 of these beauties for my collection.

Topps made a base version with two parallels. One numbered to 50 and the other numbered to 10. Thank God the base is black. Usually gold is the common one but this time around that color is the most limited one with it being numbered to 10. Silver while an attractive alternative happens to numbered to 50 which means a probable higher price point. I will be focusing on black which is fine with me. A great color.

Right out the gate these cards were commanding $23 on average with a few high sales of over $30. Yeesh. Pricey. Had to bide my time. I continued to sell comic codes until they fell in price for me to purchase. Slowly they dipped under the $20 threshold. Getting closer but not to my sweet spot yet. One day this particular one's auction was nearing its end and the price was at $10. Hoping and praying I could win it for a reasonable amount which I did when the auction ended with me being the high bid with a click under $14. Comic codes turned into cards. A beautiful thing.

One down with four more to go.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Card of the Day - 2008 SP : Matt Kemp By the Letter Autograph " T " ( 26 / 50 )

With more letters now in hand than ones needed to complete the set the number of cards seen for sale seem to have dwindled as I don't see too many up for sale anymore. Once in awhile one pops up but it is usually for a letter I no longer need. Not the case on this one. I already had one "T" in hand and still needed a twin. With a print run of just 50 that means only a possible 25 sets cant be completed. 

A seller put this up on eBay with a buy it now auction for over $50. I so want to complete this set but not at a price that is way over book. Thankfully he had a best offer option but since he set his price so high to begin with I didn't know where he was willing to go. Back and forth for a couple of days finally landed me my second and final "T" but at a higher price than I wanted to shell out. Thankfully once again that I am also a seller and have extra books, balls and such to sell to compensate for the costs of these cards. 

Card arrived a week or so later and now sits along side the other "T". I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel for this project but it will be a tough road ahead with so few options left.  

26 / 50

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Card of the Day - 2013 Bowman Chrome : Mike Trout Base Blue Refractor Parallel ( 186 / 250 )

The only non Dodger player in card form that I constantly go after makes another appearance. One Mike Trout.

Even though he is on that hated team down the 5 freeway I/we can't deny the talent that he has. I enjoy watching him play and sorry to those that think Puig is comparable to Mike. He is not. Mike is far and away a better overall player than Yasiel and I love Yasiel and his enthusiasm.

Mike was one of the higher priced cards I still needed to obtain for my blue parallel set and I could never find a reasonable priced one on eBay. I have seen a few other bloggers state that they use for some of their set needs. I thought I would give a try and found this one for more than half of book which is $15. I might be filling my set needs a little more often on this newly discovered e-store.

Big Fish

186 of 250

Friday, August 1, 2014

Card of the Day - 2013 Bowman Chrome : Corey Seager Base Blue Refractor Parallel ( 32 / 250 )

... and the final card of the blue parallel set of Dodgers from Bowman Chrome is finally complete. Yasiel Puig has drawn the most attention and price from this set but Corey has risen to second in demand and book value for his card.

Beckett has the card valued at $12 and I have lost out on the few auctions that I have been able to bid on as his card does not come up often for purchase. Each time the auction ended at higher than $12 so I just had to bide my time for the right auction to come around to acquire the card. One Saturday afternoon a seller put it up for purchase for $8 on a buy it now auction but also included a best offer option. Do I just do it and buy the card for 33% less than book or do I play chicken and give him an offer and hope no one else offers more or purchases it as I wait for his answer? Decided to play chicken and surprisingly he accepted the offer of one Lincoln bill.

Week later and the final blue refractor needed for my Dodger subset came in and I happily put it in a rigid holder and smiled that one small project is finally done. Now onto the rest of the blue parallels of the set.

Corey in his blue glory.

32 of 250

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Card of the Day - 2013 Bowman Chrome : Onelki Garcia Base Blue Refractor Parallel ( 88 / 250 )

Down to two Dodgers left in my pursuit of the blue parallel set. Both are rookies with Onelki getting the call up last year for a cup of coffee in the bigs. With all the pitchers the Dodgers have in the fold I seriously doubt Onelki will see much time this year with the big league team unless there are a lot of injuries and in that case all I would have to say about the 2014 season is, uh oh.

Just like Paco I found a seller on eBay that had this card up on a buy it now auction with a best offer attached to it. Sent in my offer of $2 which was only a dollar and quarter off his asking price. No counter as he accepted it and I gladly sent him the money to get one step closer to finishing the Dodger subset.

88 of 250

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Card of the Day - 2013 Bowman Chrome : Paco Rodriguez Base Blue Refractor Parallel ( 204 / 250 )

3 Dodgers left on my Bowman Chrome blue parallel set. Still looking to complete the whole set of 440 so each card helps but finishing the Dodger part of it was/is at the top of my list.

Paco is one I have lost out on a few times on eBay as there seems to be a premium on his card due to it being a rookie card. I have my set limits on cost and his auctions always exceeded it. That is until I came across this seller that had it on a buy it now auction but also included a best offer option. Sent him an offer and he accepted the $1.50 bid.

Check one more off the list and now I was/am down to two Dodgers left.

204 of 250

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Card of the Day - 2013 Bowman Chrome : Hanley Ramirez Base Blue Refractor Parallel ( 161 / 250 )

Chugging right along in my pursuit to complete this set and I finally got my hands on Hanley. Again with most Dodgers not named Puig or Kershaw, Hanley here has not been up for sale on eBay that much. So when this came up for the same price of just a buck there was no way I could pass on that.

With the addition on this card I now have all the veterans on the Dodgers. Now I just need to work on the last three which are all rookies with the last one being a biggie in player and cost.

161 / 250