Monday, February 27, 2017

Card of the Day - 2013 Bowman Chrome : Corey Seager Base X-Fractor Parallel


Going to try this yet again and if doesn't come out the way I want/need it to I will continue to try till I get what I want. Life of a baseball card collector.

As most of you know I am trying to do a complete rainbow of Corey Seager cards from the 2013 Bowman Chrome set in gem mint form. As of today I have all of them in that condition except 2 (green being the other) and I will continue to pursue this till it is complete. With that said here is another X-Fractor copy that I will be submitting to BGS for a raw grade review when they are back in town.

I acquired this on eBay and know that centering is not dead on perfect but I believe it is at least deserving of a 9 in that category. What I need is for all the other subs to come back with a 9.5 and I will be able to cross this off my checklist for this project. The reason I am doing this as a raw grade review is that if it does not earn a 9.5 I don't have to wait a month to find that out and can just resell this card as is and try again. I aim to have this project done sometime in 2017 and hope this gets what I want.

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Topps Five Star : Clayton Kershaw Silver Signatures Autograph Purple Parallel (#/25)


Well this card's acquisition was a surprise. Not because I got it but that I picked it up right after Clayton's dominate performance in the NLCS.

I had a number in mind that this would go for which was in the $70-85ish realm and similar purple parallels in fact sold for that much after this one but thankfully I was under the $70 barrier and as always I couldn't be happier.

The only downer is that after I received my last Kershaw redemption from Topps a couple months ago I was down to l last one that I was waiting on. With this card's purchase I am now back up to 4 as I now have this along with the Scully and Urias Five Star (since arrived) cards that I have to wait for. Hopefully now that Scully is retired and Urias and Kershaw are on a forced vacation they will sit down and sign the cards and I can have them in hand before BGS is back in town in March.

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Topps High Tek : Corey Seager Base Triangles Parallel


53 cases or if you prefer it in pack form it would be 536. Either way you decide to calculate the odds of hitting this Seager Triangle parallel it would be price consuming if you decided to do it that way. Of course you could get lucky and hit it right off the bat but I'm not like that. I go the single way everyday or aka the eBay route.

When the 2016 High Tek set was released I zeroed in on the Gold (Asia exclusive #/60) and this one of all the parallels. I did my research and it was figured out by the experts (not me) that this was the hardest pull from the group B players (53 in total). They come 1 per case which is a total of 12 boxes hence it would take you 53 cases to pull a specific player. At the time I acquired this there was no price guide to use as reference and only 1 other sale prior to this one. I had a feeling that the high book would be in the $50-80 range and I was right as it was announce a couple weeks after release that $60 was the high with $25 being the low. Seeing that low price made this card even nicer as I picked it up for less than that amount. To top it off when I put it under my 20x loop I can not see any issues. The corners are super sharp and this is 1 of 2 cards (so far) for my upcoming BGS batch that I believe has a good chance at earning a Pristine 10 grade.

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Friday, February 24, 2017

Card of the Day - 2012 Topps Tribute : Clayton Kershaw Base Autograph Blue Parallel (17/50)


When I see a parallel I don't have. = )
When I see an autograph of Kershaw I don't have = ))
When I see a bargain for an autograph Kershaw that I don't have = )))

Yup, this fits all of those comments as I welcome yet another Clayton autograph to the collection and my project of owning 100 signatures of Mr. Kershaw. With Clayton being a Dodger I am always partial to blue parallels as they look great against Dodger unis.

With this card being encased by Topps I always hope that it means that condition will be good when it arrives to me and I think this one has a good chance of earning a 9.5 from Beckett. When this post goes live it will be closer to the 2017 baseball season then it is when I type it up (mid December) but this one was picked up in the 2016 off season and was another auction bargain. The only good thing about no baseball are steals for baseball cards.


Seventeen
of
Fifty

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Topps Five Star : Corey Seager Base Autograph Rainbow Parallel (#/25)


Five Star
Corey Seager
Autograph
Yeah, that will do.

Every single year I wait for the new Five Star release as it is one of my favorite sets to collect. Previous years there have always been Kershaws and Trouts to chase after and the 2016 set is no different in that aspect. What makes the 2016 even sweeter is that Seager and Urias have now popped up (on top of Vin freaking Scully also being included) and going forward will be 2 more players I will be going after. Well I already have the Urias in hand and have been holding out to pick up the Seager. Obviously with this being popular it has been a pain to land a card even though it is of the redemption variety. I kept losing out on numerous auctions but hoped with it being the off season (it's mid December as I write this up) that demand might be down a tad (price as well I hoped) and low and behold this parallel version showed up on a BIN auction for a great price. No second thoughts and within a week I had this faux card in hand and entered the code into Topps website. Now I patiently wait for the physical card to come in.

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Topps Chrome : Julio Urias Base Autograph


Got to love the off seasons and the deals that are there for the taking and this 2016 one is no different as I snagged this Urias autograph at a steal.

As you can see from the sticker this was a redemption originally and Topps was fulfilling people's orders. I decided I wasn't going to take the plunge and pay and wait for the card but instead waited till people put the actual signed card up for sale. I missed a different copy of this card as my friend told me about it after the fact. He also missed out on it as that card went for a measly $8. Man I would have loved to have had it at that price but this one only cost me a little more as I bargained with the seller on a best offer auction.

Card looks great in hand and even though this is not a numbered parallel I will be submitting this to Beckett for the grading treatment as I expect it to come back as a weak 9.5 but a 9.5 nonetheless.

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Topps High Tek : Corey Seager Base Orange Magma Parallel (9/25)


With the Gold parallel in hand there was only 1 other numbered parallel I needed (less the 1 of 1's of course) and that would be this Orange beauty.

Just like with the Gold one I had no book price to reference when I acquired this card. I went by my gut and knowing that there would only be a limited amount of times I could pick this up so I had my set ceiling a tad higher than usual just like I did for the Gold one. Unlike the Gold one though this one was in my favor by a long shot. While I feel I paid a little more than I should have for the Gold one this Orange to this day has been the lowest to be sold as all the others have gone for $5-$10 more. So while I felt I lost a little on the Gold I feel that I really won on this Orange. Now if and when this gems from Beckett then it becomes an even bigger win.


Nine
of
Twenty-Five

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-Penugin

Monday, February 20, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Topps High Tek : Clayton Kershaw Base Autograph Gold Rainbow Parallel (35/50)


I have Gold in my past.
I have Gold here in the present.
I see Gold in my future.

It's the beginning of December as I write this post up and the new Topps High Tek set was just released and even though this was not my 1st acquisition from the set it is the 1st to reach me and what a fine way to start what I expect and hope are gem mint condition cards from this year's set. For those that don't know the High Tek brand are acetate/plastic so condition issues are usually a minimum. I have only had 1 High Tek ever come back as a non gem mint from BGS and that one barely missed a gold banner by .5 of a point.

With this being a gold parallel I expect and hope that it will be partnered up with a gold banner when I send it to Dallas for encasing. This happened to be the 2nd Gold copy that I saw on eBay and I feel I snagged it for a reasonable price considering there was no pricing at the time of sale. Another Kershaw autograph for my road to 100 Kershaw autographs. For the record I am nearing 70 as of this post and hope to be at or near 85 by the end of 2017.


Thirty-Five
of
Fifty

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Topps High Tek : Corey Seager Base Gold Rainbow (Asia Exclusive) Parallel (41/60)


I may I might I'm not sure. I'm debating on doing another rainbow of Corey Seager and what better way to start off with than an Asia exclusive in the form of this Gold parallel from the 2016 Topps High Tek set.

This actually was the 1st one sold on eBay and the 1st 2016 High Tek that I won but the 2nd to arrive since it had to travel over a big body of water. With these only being found in packs that were distributed in Asia I wanted to lock one of these down as soon as I could. Seeing a couple sell after this one I probably paid a few dollars more than I should have but considering it is an acetate card and looks great in hand once I send it in to Beckett for the grading treatment and comes back with a color coordinated gold banner I'll be good. Yes, I am confident that this will earn at least a 9.5.

That's 1 parallel down and a few more to go but other than the Orange Magma one that is numbered to only 25 this was a key piece to acquire.


Forty-One
of
Sixty

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Topps Five Star : Julio Urias Base Autograph Gold Parallel (24/50)


When I send in redemptions to Topps it seems to always take a long time to receive the actual card (way over a year) or super fast like this Urias card which was fulfilled 2 days after I entered the code in their system.

Five Star continues to be one of my favorite releases of the year and the 2016 version is no different. Kind of funny that all the cards I will be chasing in this set are in redemption form. Thankfully this one and the Scully (looked it up and its on its way) have had quick turn arounds from Topps to me. Considering this is a thick card and they are always subject to dinging of the corners I was pleasantly surprised that this one looks pretty clean to me. The centering is a tad off as well but this still might sneak in with a 9.5 attached to it when I send it in to Beckett for grading. Either way this is a beautiful card and thank you Julio for promptly signing for us fans. It is appreciated.


Twenty-Four
of
Fifty

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Friday, February 17, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Topps Chrome : Clayton Kershaw Cyan Autograph Printing Plate (1/1)


I remember when I always wanted at least 1 autograph printing plate of the Clayton Kershaw and now look at me, I now have 3 to call my own with this one's acquisition.

I am in love with the 2016 Topps Chrome MLB Debut autographs of Clayton as I was at his MLB debut which this card depicts. Love it so much that I am looking to acquire the orange parallel of the card and we all know how much I hate orange. I saw this plate pop up on the same day that eBay was running an eBucks promotion and this and another card (more on that later) caught my eye and I had to decide how I could pick up both while earning more "money" for future considerations. Took a hard look at my collection and decided to unload 3 cards that I deemed non essential and locked up this card and the other for the total that the 3 sold for.

I have 1 plate already in gem mint form and this will join my other in the next BGS/RCR event in the hopes that they both receive at least a 9.5. I am more sure on the other than this one as on the reverse side of this plate there is some edge issues but hopefully those can hold to a 9 while everything else gets a 9.5


Uno
of
Uno

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Topps : Corey Seager Base Acetate Parallel (6/10)


From afar this looks like any old 2016 Topps card of Corey Seager but once you look closer you will notice that it is numbered out of only 10. This bad boy is the acetate (plastic) parallel from the Topps flagship set and I have only seen 2 of these ever go up for sale and this one I have been watching on eBay for a good 4-5 months. Now I can look at it in person each day as I finally secured it and can call it my own.

I once owned the silver framed parallel which is numbered to a scant 16. I snagged it literally a few moments it went live on eBay and turned it into BGS for grading and it came back as a 9.5. In turn I resold it for a 70% profit. Pocketed that and made some other purchases. I had always hoped to win one of the other 15 but that was back in March and to this day I have yet to see another one appear. The only other lowered numbered (non superfractor) that was out there to pursue are these acetates with their print run of 10. As previously stated I saw the only other than this one on eBay I believe back in March-May window of 2016. Crazy ending price and I was never a serious player for it. This one popped up for the first time on eBay in what I want to say was late July. Months passed with the auction ending being relisted as a traditional auction and as a BIN with best offer. Each and every time it closed without being purchased. The seller always had a very high price attached to it and there was no way I would ever "pay" higher than I "paid" for the silver frame so until it dipped under that threshold I just watched it to see if and when it would sell. It never did.

Mid November (as I write this up on the last day of the month) it popped up again but this time it finally was below the silver frame threshold and I had money from TPB sales and other comics. Of course I expected with this new "low" price that there would be renewed interest from other potential buyers but with November being part of the "dead" off season of baseball I hoped that I could sneak in and grab this at a deal. I also banked on the fact that plastic cards normally grade well and that I could eventually turn this into my prized rookie card (non auto) of Corey if I was lucky enough for it to earn a gold banner.

Traditional 7 day auction and no bids and with 3 seconds left I debated one last time if I would hit the bid button which I ended up doing. After 8 months I finally landed me an acetate Seager rookie card. Card looks great in person and the chance it gems from Beckett is pretty good in my eyes. When they come back to town in Feb/Mar I will going the RCR route as I can not wait an extra month to know what the grade will be. Hopefully this will be my crown jewel from the 2016 sets when it gets encased in a gem mint holder from Beckett. Crossing my fingers.


Six
of
Ten

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Topps Update : Julio Chrome Base Chrome Gold Parallel (38/50)


Gold is King and Urias looks to take the pitching crown at some point in the future and I believe this rookie card will be a key piece to anyone's collection.

Gold parallels always have a low print run and this one is no different with only 50 copies in existence. I have not had the best luck in 2016 products condition wise when it has come to Julio cards and this one is no different but unlike others I am holding my breath that this might still squeek by with a 9.5 from BGS.

What makes these different though is that they were not available in regular packs but instead in holiday mega boxes that were sold through only a couple of retail stores. I knew sooner or later they would pop up on eBay and that they did and this happened to be the 2nd one to be sold on the auction site. Unlike the 1st though this was on a BIN auction with opitional best offer attached to it. After a couple of days of back and forth the buyer and I came to an agreement and I had my gold rookie of the young phenom. I might end up picking up another copy to hedge my bets on a gold return from Beckett but till then this is a fine addition to my restarted Julio collection.


Thirty-Eight
of
Fifty

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Card of the Day - 2012 Topps Museum : Clayton Kershaw Archival Autograph Photo B (79/100)


3rd time is the charm right? RIGHT?

... and here I go again with this card. I have owned 2 other copies of this card and each time I sent it in to BGS to get graded expecting it to receive at the very worse a 9 but both times I was disappointed as they both came back as 8.5's. Unacceptable for my collection as all Kershaw autographs must be at least a 9 to be in my collection. Obviously I sold those 2 and now I am trying this once again with this copy.

If you don't know there are 2 different Kershaw Archival autographs in the 2012 Museum set and I already have 1 that is in mint form and I want to pare it up with this one in at least the same grade. Unlike the other 2 this copy was on a BIN auction and with such a low asking price I crossed my fingers as I clicked the button. Of the 3 copies I have owned this is far away the best conditioned one and I am hoping it earns at least a 9 when I send it off to BGS for encasing. Of course if it doesn't then I am sure I will be writing up a 4th post on this card somewhere down the road but hopefully this will be the 3rd and final time I blog about this card.


Seventy-Nine
of
One Hundred

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Monday, February 13, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Topps Update : Corey Seager Base Rookie Debut Black Parallel (53/65)


Well that wasn't too painful but of course off season shopping usually is a lot less stressful than during regular season.

When Topps Update came out I noticed that Corey had 3 cards in it and that meant he had 3 black parallels with a print run of just 65 for me to chase after. Well with this card's acquisition my small but important project is over as I snagged all 3 within a 2 week period and all at less than low book ($20).

I have the Topps Series 1 black parallel (his TRUE rookie card of the year) in BGS 9.5 form and hope to get all 3 of these to earn the same grade as that one. To be honest I would be happy with 2 as each one has their own small flaw. Maybe they all earn a gold banner but I am being realistic but we shall see.


Fifty-Three
of
Sixty-Five

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Card of the Day - 2008 Topps Update : Clayton Kershaw Base RCR Graded Gem Mint 9.5


You would think as a Kershaw collector I would have already  had this card in my collection but that has not been the case as something else was always more pressing to acquire and if I was to have this card I wanted it in BGS 9.5 form. Well this is as close as I could get at this time but I am more than happy with it.

This is the simple and base Clayton Kershaw rookie card from the 2008 Topps Update set but due to him excelling on the field the value keeps going up and while I could have picked up a raw version many times over by now I wanted it encased. 2 years running and I could not land one at a reasonable price but with the off season now here I was able to land this RCR version of it with that needed 9.5 attached to it. As per the norm people seem to steer away from these as they would still have to send it into BGS to get it into a hard case but when I can pick this up for $30 less than an encased one then it becomes a no brainer for me.

Don't care about the sub grades as all I know and need to know is that when I send this to Dallas in March it will come back with a gold banner above it.

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Friday, February 10, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Topps Update : Corey Seager Home Run Derby Base Black Parallel (3/65)


See card
See BIN button
Click button
Receive card

Another simple transaction landed me the 2nd of 3 planned black parallels of Corey Seager in the 2016 Topps Update release. A lot of times a "hard" (no starting bid but just one price) BIN on eBay seem to have a high asking price but this was not the case. Just like the 1st black parallel I picked up this one has a book value range of $20-50 but I "won" this for less than low book. Off season purchases are usually good deals and this one was no different. The question now is can it earn a 9.5 from Beckett in March? I put it at 50/50 but hoping for the best. We shall see.


Three
of
Sixty-Five

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Topps Update : Corey Seager Base All Star Black Parallel (64/65)


I knew at some point I circle around to the 2016 Topps Update release as I was waiting for just the right time aka when the market was low to pick some Seager cards.

With only the black parallels holding my interest there are/were only a handful of cards I wanted but Corey had the most as he checks in with 3 separate entries in the set. The black parallels have a print run of only 65 and have a book range of $20-50. When these first popped up on eBay they sold nearer the high range which was too much for me but now that there were more copies on the market to be had the price dropped. I didn't expect it but when this copy showed up on eBay on a BIN  with an asking price of less than low book I didn't hesitate and clicked the button and officially picked up the 1st of 3 planned black parallels of Corey.

While I always hold out hope that all my cards can earn 9.5's from BGS I think this card has a 40% at most of earning that as there is 2 corners that have issues. Everything else looks fine but I don't think that they will hold to a 9 but instead earn an 8.5 which cause the overall to be a plain old 9. We shall see.


Sixty-Four
of
Sixty-Five

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Topps Gold Label : Julio Urias Base Framed Autograph Black Parallel (#/50)


You can't get more plain looking than this redemption card but I am happy to own it and look forward to see the "real" card in the coming days.

I love the metal framed cards i.e. the silver parallels in the Topps flagship brand and the framed autographs found in the Museum sets. The Gold Label brand is new to me as when it was introduced the first time around I was not in the hobby so my knowledge of this brand is not broad. When I heard this was being released I knew I wanted to acquire the autograph cards of the players I collect and with Urias being just welcomed back into that group I figured he would be the easiest and cheapest to acquire first and I wasn't wrong about that.

A couple of these had already been sold and when this one popped up on my favorite auction site with a best offer option I was all over it with a low ball figure. Surprisingly when he countered it was still lower than my mental ceiling for what I was willing to fork over for it and with that a week later I had another Urias autograph to call my own. Hope these Gold Labels look good in hand when I do receive the actual card.

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Friday, January 20, 2017

Card of the Day - 2015 Topps Five Star : Clayton Kershaw Jumbo Patch Autograph (32/35)


Thirty-Five copies of this card are in existence and I swear that I have probably seen at least 20 come and go as I tried to acquire one to call my own. Once again this card is an exception to the rule as I do not purse relic/patch cards anymore but the Five Star brand usually puts out beautiful cards and this one falls into that category and the first time I saw this I knew I had to pick one up for myself. Finally that day has come.

This particular copy had been on a BIN auction with an OBO option as well as another one concurrently running on eBay by a different seller for the same asking price. eBay was running a 10% eBucks promotion so I sent the other seller an offer of more than 50% less than his asking price. Yup, I was going the low ball route. On top of that all the copies I saw never went as low as what I was attempting to acquire it for. Not surprisingly I received no answer from that seller so a day later I sent the owner of this card the exact same price and within 30 minutes I received an email stating he took my offer without even countering. Nice.

As many of you know thick cards like Five Star are notorious for corner and edge issues but this one only has the littlest of issues on one corner which could only be seen under a loop. Naked eye its perfect so hopefully this will gem when BGS is back in town.


Thirty-Two
of
Thirty-Five

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Topps Chrome : Corey Seager Base Gold Refractor Parallel (32/50) BGS Graded Pristine 10 and Quarterly eBay eBucks Purchase Number 4


We come to the 4th and final eBay eBucks acquisition from this past Christmas quarter and it's a biggie though I did not know if I would end up with it or another card until I received an email from eBay.

The past 3 days have been great with all the stuff I was able to acquire and from the Topps Now Kershaw post I stated that it helped finish off "paying" for the final card and this is that card. It could have been 1 of another handful but this was the 1st one that a seller on eBay took my best offer. On January 1st I knew what I could afford but wanted it to be 1 big card and not multiple little ones. I sent out 5 offers for this and 4 other cards for roughly the same amount (and another Pristine Topps Chrome Gold Seager as well) and whichever seller accepted I would happily take that one and try for the other 4 at some later date. With less than 3 hours till my offer expired the seller of this card accepted and I promptly canceled the other 4.

While I would have loved any of the other 4 I am immensely happy that I have this card. One of the other ones I didn't get was a sticker autograph rookie of Kershaw. Yeah I know, it's a sticker and I hate them but it was/is a BGS gem and a rookie so I was going to look past that. In the grander scheme of things this gold (and limited, only 50 copies) is the better option for my collection at the present moment. It now becomes the lowest print run parallel from the Topps Chrome brand that I have in my collection and wanting to do the whole rainbow that's big since this cost zero dollars to acquire. Other than the Orange (I believe the red is a pipe dream) parallel I have all the hard ones in my possession.

With this no officially in hand I finish off yet another eBay quarter and might have to say this was my most successful one to date. Picked up 4 tops notch cards and with 2 being gem mint and a 3rd (Topps Now Kershaw) a good candidate to make it 3 so I think I did quite well. As always thank you to friends and family for having me do your purchases through my eBay account so I could accumulate that more eBucks for me to use to acquire these great cards. No way this current quarter will be this well but I look forward to Christmas of 2017 to see if I can best this 2016.


Whole lot of 10's there


Thirty-Two
of
Fifty

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Topps Strata : Clayton Kershaw Base Clearly Authentic Autograph Black Parallel (#/50) and Quarterly eBay eBucks Purchase Number 3


Yesterday's eBucks post was all about gift cards being used to acquire a card but now we are to the "offical" part of the eBucks acquisitions for this past quarter as this and tomorrow's posts were both picked up at ZERO, NADA, ZIP out of pocket costs. A beautiful thing.

Since tomorrow's card price was locked in I knew what I had left over that I could use to hopefully snag one last great piece and I decided to search for a Kershaw autograph knowing that I did not have enough for another Trout autograph. I noticed that the 2016 Strata Kershaw autographs were "live" and being sold on eBay so I directed myself to this redemption card as people are not that patient and knowing I could "save" $15 if I just could just wait an extra few weeks so why not?

Some people (and to be fair sometimes I am like it) need that instant gratification but knowing that this card was produced and just waiting to be shipped out of a Topps warehouse I negotiated this down to the amount of eBucks that I had left and with it I added yet another Kershaw autograph to the collection and the cost was only me having to have a little extra patience and wait for this to make it to me. Can't wait to see the real McCoy in a couple weeks.

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Bowman Chrome : Corey Seager Base Autograph Gold Refractor Parallel (35/50) BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5 and Quarterly eBay eBucks Purchase Number 2


Man did I do well for the 2016 4th quarter (aka Christmas time) eBucks acquisitions in comparison to the 2015. That year I snagged 2 Trout cards with one being an autograph. Nothing to sneeze at but I think I really scored this year but it could only happen due to my generous family and great timing for extra eBucks during the quarter.

When looking at all 3, yes 3 (woo hoo), that I picked up this quarter (yesterday's Kershaw is included in this run of 4 but more because it helped on the last one) I would say this is probably the "biggest" valued card in the long run. Of course some of you might think that Thursday's has a better outlook but you be the judge.

This Seager beauty actually did not have a single eBuck used in acquiring it BUT help in snagging the next 2 and was paid in most part with Christmas gift cards which I always combine for this quarter. This card popped up in the waning days of December and low and behold eBay was running another eBucks promotion. With my gift cards in hand I hit the BIN button and scored this limited rookie autograph of Corey in gem mint grade. On top of that this "purchase" earned me even more eBucks for the other 2 cards I picked up.

I was staying away from the Bowman Chrome brand this year as I was concentrating on Topps Chrome instead but with this being the off season I am always looking for deals/steals and I haven't seen another one of these in this condition go for so low. When I conferred with friends they told me they couldn't believe the low price. So with minimal cost out of pocket (which you can barely say considering it came from my own eBay sales) I "won" this for my growing Corey autograph collection AND helped "pay" for the next 2 days worth of cards. Man I love the Christmas quarter on eBay.


Everywhere I look I see gold.


Thirty-Five
of
Fifty

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Monday, January 16, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Topps Now : Clayton Kershaw Base Relic (From 10.13.16) Autograph (35/99) and Quarterly eBay eBucks Purchase Number 1


Oh happy days are here again as it is that big time of the year also known as the final quarter of the calendar year which happens to be Christmas time and that means the biggest eBucks quarter as they are coupled with Christmas gift cards. With that said this card is not "techinically" part of the purchases BUT I am including it because of how it was acquired and what it helped get down the road which was all eBucks related.

I love Kershaw autographs and while I am not the biggest fan of relics this is the 2nd one in the past 6 months I specifically went after even though originally I had no interest in it. Clayton Kershaw is an out of this world starting pitcher but on 10-13-16 he became the closer for the ages when he closed out the Division Series against the Nationals. It was his first ever MLB save in his career for a game that has become an instant classic in Dodger lore. Anyone that knows me knows that I called it almost to a "T". I said that we would see Clayton at sometime during the game and probably late even though he just threw 110 pitches 2 days prior. I didn't expect him to come in to close though. When Topps announced they would do a card commemorating the feat I didn't really think too much about it. One because of its price and two it was a relic. Meh. But then I saw the actual card and I fell in love with it and the moment again. On top of that I noticed the autograph is flawless while a lot of other copies seemed to have streaking issues. If I was to acquire one this would be that one.

While I did not acquire this by using eBucks I did earn the money to pick it because eBay was running an eBucks promotion. I had a load of cards and books that were scheduled to end on the last day of the promotion which I believed helped make the sales happen. With all of them finished I turned to this beauty and negotiated the price down and locked in the deal. By doing that I also earned even more eBucks for my own use which went to pay off the final card which I will show off in 3 days. Yes, I was able to acquire 4 cards this quarter because of the eBucks program. Woo freaking hoo.


Thirty-Five
of
Ninety-Nine

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Topps Heritage : Julio Urias Base Mini Parallel (43/100)


As I have decided to collect Julio Urias cards once again and while the majority will be autographs I will venture out and pick up some nice parallels if they could be had a steal and are BGS worthy. This mini fits into both of those categories.

I do love me minis especially if they are the numbered variety with me already acquiring other minis from the 2016 Heritage release this card's acquisition was a no brainer. The hardest part of this purchase though was the bargining with the eBay seller as we both were very stubborn. This books at a high of $40 and a low of $20 but the seller had it as a $22 OBO BIN. I thought I could get him down closer to $10 than the amount I ended up paying which was a higher than $15. While not the biggest bargain I have had on eBay it might just end up OK in the end as in hand I see only 1 corner with a slight issue. Thinking and hoping this gems when Beckett is back in town in March.


Forty-Three
of
One Hundred

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Card(s) of the Day - 2016 Topps Chrome : Corey Seager Base Sepia, Pink, Refractor and Prism Parallels


Seager here.
Seager there.
Seager everywhere.

Last weekend I showed off the cards I was after which were included in a much bigger group of cards that I had no need for. These are those cards.

A couple prisms, a few refractors and 1 each of the sepia and pink parallels comprise the group. Individually these would cost higher but in this group the average cost was minimized. I didn't need these as I have a pink in RCR form and both the refractor and prisms in BGS cases already. A sepia also should be coming in shortly. I needed the black and blues that I posted about so these 7 cards were in my hands for about 10 minutes before I posted them back on eBay with a couple more Seager cards to entice a buyer. After all was said and done the cost for the black and blue BGS cards were a lot less because of these 7. Another successful eBay hustle to get what I wanted/needed.

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Friday, January 13, 2017

Card of the Day - 2011 Topps Update : Mike Trout Base Gold Parallel (878/2011) BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5


Selling from surplus to acquire a need. I feel like the Dodgers as I finally landed this beautiful gold parallel of superstar Mike Trout.

During the 2015 off season my goal was to acquire graded rookie cards of Mike Trout from the Topps Update set and I did quite well as I picked up the base, diamond, blue and the hard to get red versions. The 2 left that I needed (other than the black which I don't ever see me getting) were the gold and cognac and my "rainbow" from this set would be complete. I wanted to wait for the right time which meant at the lowest price and an eBucks promotion. Well this 2016 off season presented that to me when this card popped up.

I asked friends on Twitter and Instagram which would they prefer in their collection, this or graded photo variations, and the answer was unanimous . Gold by a land side. I had a few Trout gem mint photo variations and while I like them I really love this gold one. I knew in my heart what I was going to do but wanted to see what others thought and we all had the same thought process. While variations are fun and unique gem mint rookies of a future Hall of Fame member is better.

Locked in this card which was on a BIN auction from a seller from Canada (probably another reason why price was reasonable) and promptly sold the variations to cover the cost. Now to finish off the rainbow with a cognac.



Eight Hundred and Seventy-Eight
of
Two Thousand and Eleven

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Thursday, January 12, 2017

September 2016 BGS Submission Result Number FIFTY-SIX - 2014 Topps High Tek : Clayton Kershaw Base Red Storm Diffractor Parallel (7/10) Now BGS Graded Pristine 10


2014 Topps High Tek Clayton Kershaw Red Storm Diffractor Parallel (7/10)

What would make this red parallel even better is it earns at least a 9.5 from Beckett as I snagged this on an eBay auction for what seemed like pennies. To be honest if it does I might/probably will flip it back on eBay and acquire some autograph of my core 4. Other than a corner on the back of the card there does not seem to be any other issue so hopefully I see a gold banner attached to this limited beauty.

We have reached the final recap from my 56 card batch and this eBay steal is now a pristine 10 card. 


For those that don't remember I picked this up on an eBay auction when I was trying to get another card that was included with this one. To my benefit though the seller did not really state what this card was as it is a very limited parallel so if you averaged out the price this cost me a little more than $8. When it reached my hands I knew I had a gem in my hands but I didn't know I had an almost perfect card. As stated above I believed there was a corner issue but I guess BGS thought it was more of an edge problem and gave them a 9.5. Everything else though received a 10 and with that it became a pristine card.


Funny how the first couple of batches I sent to BGS I couldn't buy a 10 and complained about that. Now every batch since has had at least 2 come back as pristine. The only thing I am missing is the ever elusive black label 10. 

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin