Thursday, April 17, 2014

Card of the Day - 2014 Topps Tribute : Vladimir Guerrero Base Autograph ( 98 / 99 )

Another member for the reacquired collection even though the original autograph post never saw the light of day due to being stuck in the que and since has been deleted.

I had a Vladimir signed ball that was slowly toning and was another of the multiple reasons why I stopped going after signed balls. I always enjoyed Vladimir as a player and wished he was a Dodger. Had to settle on watching him rake for the Angels down in Anaheim.

I wanted to acquire Vladimir's autograph with him in an Expo uniform and luckily the new 2014 Tribute set had this great looking on card autograph. There are a few parallels to this card but I only cared to have an autograph so it didn't matter what parallel I got my hands on. At the end of the day I ended up with the most common of the bunch but thankfully at a great price which was way under book which is $30.

98 of 99

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Card(s) of the Day - 2013 Bowman Chrome : Jeremy Moore Base Blue Parallel ( 141 / 250 ) and Cory Hall Base Blue Parallel ( 162 / 250 )

Went looking to fill in the blue holes of my Dodger collection from last year's Bowman Chrome blue parallel set and came across Jeremy's card. It was grouped together with Cory's card. I ended up winning them both a little over $3 delivered to me. Not a bad price. I will be trying to complete the Bowman Chrome set but only in the blue parallel way. The blue cards only have a print run of 250 which will make it a very long project to complete but I thought what better way to celebrate my reentry into the hobby in 2013 by doing a set of my favorite color in my favorite set. So I am now on the look out for all the blue I can get my hands on. With me having most of the Dodgers I have a decent yet small start but there are over 400 cards to collect so it will probably be a very long time till I see myself anywhere close to completing this project. Any fellow bloggers that have spares and would like to trade with me it would be greatly appreciated.

Jeremy and my first non Dodger purchase

141 of 250

162 of 250

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Contest Being Held Over @ Cubs Cardboard

Kalib over at Cubs Cardboard is holding his first ever contest.

Obviously he is a big Cubs fan but that shouldn't deter you from heading over and reading up on the great cards he has picked up. After you enter the contest make sure you take a look at the 2 box of 2014 Allen and Ginter box break he will be doing in a couple of months as well. He needs a total of 15 entries and needs 6 more to get to that total. I think it is a great idea and might do the same thing myself for this year's Bowman Chrome release.

Contest is found HERE
While the box break is found HERE

Did You Send Me This Card ? - 2008 SP : Matt Kemp By The Letter Autograph " M "

An interesting envelope arrived at my P.O. Box a couple days ago and as normal I just opened up the package and tossed it out as I put the card to aside.

Well when I went back to the stack to organize it I realized that I already have this card twice as that is what is needed for my Kemp project. I do not need it thrice. Someone had sent me a card and for the life of me I can not think of any unfinished trade with anyone. I am still seeking these letters but the "M's" were completed already so I did not need anymore. So someone out there sent me this and I am now looking for its original owner.

So if this letter/card looks familiar to you please contact me and inform me that you sent it so we can discuss a trade. I probably will just sell it on eBay as I don't need it but whoever did send it thank you for thinking of me in the first place and I appreciate the help in trying to complete my project. If no one steps up at least I tried.

= )

Card of the Day - 2013 Topps : Jackie Robinson Commemorative MVP Relic Insert

Had my eye on getting my hands on another manufactured relic card of Jackie and just had to find the right auction at the right price to pull the trigger.

This one caught my eye as it had a nice little metal medallion on the card. I could have paid a couple dollars cheaper for a "silk/fabric" card but I still prefer the these award reprint cards over those. I had a little bidding war on the bay for this card but when all was said it done it still only cost me a little more than a pack of Bowman Chrome cards. Reasonable deal for a great Dodger.

Player Appearance Recap : Bill Madlock @ Harry's Dugout On 4.13.2014

Lunch was consumed at El Teyepac and now it was time to head south for the second of two signings this past Sunday. Back to Harry's Dugout for yet another signing. Love this place as the atmosphere is always chill and Eddie the owner is always pleasant and there is never a problem here. Just autographs and fun.

Bill Madlock was the subject of today's autograph signing and I have never personally seen him do a signing in the Los Angeles area prior to Sunday. Had to make sure I swung by and acquired the autograph of the four time batting champ. Arrived and there were no more than a few people milling around. Went over to see what photos were for sale and picked one of the two Dodgers ones. Went over to see Eddie and paid him the fee and talked for a few minutes. Bill was just signing away for what I assume was store inventory as I approached the table and said hello. I asked for him to sign the photo in silver ink as I think blue on this particular photo wouldn't look too good.

Bill signing away
Also, a Dodger at one time but a Pirate at heart. Nice hat Bill.

After the photo was done I asked Bill if he wouldn't mind a photo with me and he said no problem.

Bill and I

Finished product

Said thank you to Bill and headed out after another successful Sunday in autograph collecting. In the span of just under 90 minutes we were in line for autograph one, went inside and had a sit down lunch and then drove to get another autograph and were back in the car to drive home. If only all appearances were this simple.

Thank you again to Harry's for hosting another fine event and thank you to Bill for coming out and signing for fans. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Signed Ball of the Day : Mike Trout ( ROMLB Sweet Spot ) AKA eBay Bucks Quarterly Purchase

Its that time of the year once again. Time for me to cash in the eBay bucks that I earned in the last 3 months and yet again it is a big acquisition for ole Matthew here.

Though the last quarter purchase of the 2013 Bowman Chrome Autograph Blue Parallel BGS 9.5 of Yasiel Puig as seen HERE was my largest purchase value wise when it came to the actual card/ball this purchase, if you can call it that, is the biggest now as I did not spend a penny out of pocket and paid for it in full with eBay bucks. I so love buying things for friends and co-workers with their money through my account as I get to earn more and more eBay bucks for myself.

As it is known I am out of the ball signing part of the hobby but I will collect certain black balls and when I saw this beauty I knew I had to have it.

That is a sweet looking Mike Trout MLB authenticated black baseball. No streaking, no blemishes. Just a great looking ball of the best everyday player in baseball. Not many of these are for sale on eBay and others that closed on traditional auctions have sold for more than $175. The problem I had was that I wanted to lock in the price prior to the season before his performance could make the price skyrocket. The seller that had this up on a BIN auction allowed me over 3 weeks to pay him. He had to wait till April 3rd until my eBay bucks were available to use. Once again I stood by my feedback as my word that he would be paid and he was on that day. A few days later I became the proud owner of this black ball.

With that quarter now done I am working on the next one which will end on June 30th. I don't know what I can find that will top the last two purchases but either way I am glad that I have finally been able to land this.

Card of the Day - 2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks : Chris Anderson Base Black Wave Parallel

Finally acquired a card of the Dodgers top pick from the 2013 draft. I have had my eye on various autographs cards of Chris but have yet to land one due to the high closing cost on all of the auctions I've seen. Till then I wanted to at least get a non auto card of some sort. I did a little better by picking up a black wave parallel. It is not a numbered parallel but at the same time it is not as abundant as the regular cards. I am not the biggest fan of either of the wave parallel ( black or blue ) but the cost of the card was so low and the wanting of an Anderson card trumped the likability of the card. I am sure I will get my hands on a more desirable one in the future which will make this card expendable. Till then welcome to the collection Chris.

Player Appearance Recap : Jerry Reuss @ El Teyepac Cafe On 4.13.2014

A nice clear Sunday with the Dodgers in first place. Why not go out and acquire some new autographs for the collection. It was a two-fer Sunday as there were two separate signings of former Dodgers just a few miles apart from each other. First up was Jerry Reuss at the El Teyepac Cafe.

The wife and I headed over to Cafe right of the 60 fwy and we arrived about 10 minutes prior to Jerry's scheduled appearance time. Mr. Reuss was right on time and started signing. Thankfully I paid well in advance and just had to talk to the promoter and acquire my autograph tickets along with the book and hop into the front of the line. The line wasn't overly long but it seems everytime an event is held here it just goes so slow. The game plan was to be in the front of the line and then head in for some lunch.

Since Jerry was and always has been personable it took about 10 minutes to get up to his table as he posed for pictures with adults and babies alike. I had wanted to purchase a photo for Jerry to sign but I did not like anything that was for sale so I went to my backup plan of him signing one of my team bats. Handed him the bat and informed him he could sign wherever he felt like above the blue line.

He signed as close as you could above the blue line.

With the bat done I handed him my copy of his book. As I have stated before I love to read former players books and get a little insight to their and the Dodgers careers. It's a short book with the page count of less than 300. Have to finish another book and then I will get into this one.

Personalizing the book with the promotional picture in the back.

I wanted to get a closer picture of the 1981 World Series Ring that he still wears.
Hopefully 2014 will bring one back to Los Angeles

With the book signed I hoped to get a picture with Jerry and he was more than willing to accommodate me. With Jerry being a tall person and with me crouching into the photo it made me look that much smaller. Ha Ha.

Jerry and I.

A smooth albeit slow signing done it was time to head into the Cafe for lunch until it was time to head down to Harry's Dugout for the second autograph of the day. 

Thank you to Jerry for coming out and chatting it up with the fans and taking the time with each one and not just signing and pushing them aside for the next person. 

Book cover

Now I want to know what's not in the book.
= )

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Card of the Day - 2014 Topps : Clayton Kershaw League Leaders ( card # 113 ) Base Blue Parallel

One blue card down
One blue card left to go
One overall card left for the personal collection.

The 2014 Topps set has been out for a couple months and I had my list of wants ( parallels, inserts, etc ) and I really hunkered down and have arrived to the point that I only need two cards left to finish the list. They both happen to feature Kershaw and they are of the blue parallel variety.

I finished the red foil parallel set and just needed the two blue Kershaw cards. The blue ones tend to go for a little more than their red foil brothers and that held to form here as this one cost me a resounding 89 cents delivered compared to some red foils only costing me 50 cents.

Almost done. I wanted to complete my wants by baseball season and I think that shall happen.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Card of the Day - 2011 Bowman Chrome : Bryce Harper Base Autograph

A biggie that I wanted to acquire prior to the baseball season. One Bryce Harper.

I am in the Trout camp when the two are compared but at the same time I think Bryce will have a fine career and I think this upcoming year might be his breakout one. I've tried to get my hands on this card for years but it never was at a price I was comfortable with. Now with me selling the autographed ball that I had in my collection of him I had funds to try to finally get this card.

Unlike some years the refractor and non refractor versions are not that far apart in price. For Bryce it is only $50. With that I focused on the non refractor as I just wanted a Bowman Chrome autograph of Bryce and didn't care if it shined or not. Prices were starting to jump on this card when I began my pursuit so I had to make my move. Stipulation was that it had to be a copy that looked like it would grade out to a gem mint 9.5. That made it that much harder.

Found this copy and the seller had it on a BIN with best offer and I sent in my offer and noticed 30 minutes later that there were 3 other offers. Bidding war anyone? Seller countered me and two others and in turn I countered back and sat and waited. I guess my counter was better than the other two and I finally got my hands on an autograph Bowman Chrome of Harper.

Centered, non frayed edges, four sharp corners and the surface is defect free
Looks like this card will grade out well.
Knock on wood.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Card of the Day - 2014 Topps : Yasiel Puig Manufactured Patch Insert

I can be a cheap bastard sometimes or I can look at it as being frugal or just smart with my card purchases. Probably a little bit a both but it has done me well in the past and has so once again with another Puig card. 

Book and eBay values for Puig cards can and are usually too pricey right out the gate so you have to be patient. This card, which could only be found in retail boxes, has a book value according to Beckett for $25. No way no how. Most eBay sales have been at least $10 and some approaching $15. Again, way too much for my taste. I was just going to wait this particular card out for the price I wanted to pay. 

After countless lost auctions the day finally came where for some reason there wasn't a lot of action on this card and I ended up the winner at pennies over $5. A fraction of book and another Puig card has been added to the collection.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Card of the Day - 2011 Finest : Dee Gordon Orange Refractor Parallel Autograph ( 31 / 99 )

Punk ass orange. That it is always my first thought when I see this color. Never liked it and never will. So of course Topps would come out with a parallel in that color which is needed to complete my rainbow collection of the two rookies ( Dee and Jerry ) from the 2011 Finest set.

Orange was the last non "hard" one to acquire for my set. What is now left are red and purple which will be a long time coming if ever in my getting my hands on them due to the scarcity of them. This orange one doesn't come up much on eBay due to only 99 being made and Dee not the most popular of players which I'm sure adds to the scarcity of auctions. With that in mind I put in a higher amount than I normally would to make sure I won this card and at the end of the day I won it for just a tad over $6. Not too bad of a purchase and with this I can slow down now on the Dee cards. Now if Topps can never make an orange card again I will be ecstatic.

Orange.... Ahhhh.. My eyes

31 / 99

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Card of the Day - 2014 Topps : Mike Trout Base Red Foil Parallel

The only non Dodger that I collect makes another appearance. This time in his red foil parallel form from the 2014 Topps set.

Still needing to finish off the Dodger set of these but I had to add Trout to the collection but as always he was one elusive fish. For the most part that was because I just refused to pay a penny over $3 for the card so I lost out on at least 20 different auctions prior to this one. As with the other ones I put in my max bid and just waited till the end of the auction to see if I would receive another "you lost" email or finally a "congratulations" one. Thankfully it was the latter and not the former this time.

Guess the "demand" for this card has died down enough that I was able to acquire this for a couple dollars delivered. Now back to the Dodger red foil set.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Card of the Day - 2009 Ultimate Collection : Matt Kemp Jumbo Jersey Relic Autograph ( 5 / 50 )

Yet another hit on Kemp's current low prices on eBay. A card I have never seen on the bay and the seller had described wrong so I had to find out what year it really was to see what book value was on it. After finding that out and then for what I paid for it all I can say is I have a nice smile on my face.

The seller had this labeled as a 2008 card but after further review I found out it was a 2009 issue. That might have helped me out as I noticed that there were not many views on the auction prior to its end. When all was said and done I was the only one to place a bid on the card and it arrived in a nice screw down holder just a few days later. Book has this valued at $100. That is way high for Kemp right now. I assume its because of is numbered scarcity of just 50 copies. I won this at over 80% off of book. Oh yeah, happy dance.

edit : since I first wrote this up the card value has plummeted to $40 but my purchase price was still over 50% off of that
= )

On jersey/card autograph the Bison

5 of only 50

Upcoming Player Appearance / Signing : Paul Lo Duca @ Dr. Liu's Optometry Practice On April 26, 2014

Dr. Liu is holding another meet and greet of a former Dodger in a couple of weeks at his office in Rowland Heights. This time it is 4x All Star Paul Lo Duca. If you haven't been to one of Dr. Liu's events you are in for a smooth time with fellow fans and Paul. If you have any questions or would like to pre purchase your autograph ticket feel free to contact Dr. Liu's office or email him.

  • Autographs - $20
  • Inscriptions - $8
  • Photo Op with Paul comes with all autograph purchases 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Card(s) of the Day - 2014 Topps : Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu Base Red Foil Parallels

One righty.
One lefty.
One transaction.

Closing the gap between unfinished and completed I was able to pick up 2 of the red foil parallels of the Dodgers for the minimal cost of just 4 stamps.

I didn't want to deal with any traditional auction as this seller had both of these cards up on BIN's with a best offer option. Sent him a low enough amount for me and enough for him to accept and had these two red beauties in hand within a week. Easy peasy deals are the best.

Attended Game Recap : Giants 2 @ DODGERS 6 on April 6, 2014

This was my third game of the week but my first at blue heaven on earth, Dodger Stadium. This being a non graphing game the wife and I headed to the park about a hour prior to the game as I wanted to see the new stuff that was added to the ballpark.

First off the supposed quicker entry time for parking is still non existent. We came in through the 110 freeway exit and sat in line to enter the parking area for a good 15 minutes. Dodgers still need to work on this. Having preferred parking though made it less of a hassle once inside.

We headed down to the field level entrance along the first base side as I was thinking I wanted to try the new Lasorda restaurant but in the end all we ended up with were a couple of sodas. I did see the new "ring" displays and seeing the 1981 version I decided to take my picture with that one. That was the year I became a fan of the Dodgers at the ripe old age of 7.

It reminded me of an old ride back in the day were you stood up and controlled the vehicle with your hands. Am I just too old that no one can relate to that ride? Lol.

Close by was an over-sized replica of the Gold Glove Award that is given out to the winners every year. Out of the two I like the rings the best. There was also a giant Lasorda bobblehead but it was occupied by a big family so I couldn't get a good picture. Maybe next time.

Arrived at our new seats for the 2014 season. A great view with the overhang over us for shade.

New placement of the retired numbers.

Onto the game. The Dodgers were looking to avoid the sweep by the hated Giants and they had their 1A ace Greinke on the bump and he was up to the challenge as he threw 6 strong innings and only gave up 2 runs which happened to be solo home runs in the sixth. He was probably running out of gas by that time. No worries as Matt Kemp showed up in a big way. 2 home runs by the Bison for a total of 3 runs batted in for the big guy. The stadium was buzzing after the second one and it was 2011 all over again. One day is good but hopefully this is just not a flash in the pan and he continues on this path. Kemp is still my favorite player and I/we need to see him regain his standing among the baseball elite.

Not to be overshadowed, Hanley added his own 2 home runs to the box score. If this team can hit on all cylinders there is no stopping them. I still believe the Dodgers have about a 5 year window right now where all the needed parts for a championship run are in place. Having not seen a World Series title in 26 years me saying I think they should at least win 2 if not 3 in this 5 year period seems a little aggressive but I think this team can and should be able to do this.

The bullpen came in and closed the door on the punk ass orange team and the Dodgers finally were able to add a W in the results column for the first time this year at Dodger Stadium. The house was packed and energy was high for the most part. A great first game for me and the wife at Dodger Stadium and can't wait for the the next game in a week. That will be a graphing and early BP game and hopefully I can add some more autographs to the collection.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Card of the Day - 2013 Topps Chrome : Clayton Kershaw Dynamic Die Cut Insert

What better way to spend a dollar and some change than to use it on a great looking die cut card of Dodger ace and legend in the making Clayton Kershaw.

I picked up the Ryu and Kemp die cuts previously but was still on the hunt for the Clayton's and finally found a seller that had one up with no shipping charge. Starting bid was set at 99 cents so I put it on my watch list and on the last day there was a total of one bid. Threw my hat into the mix with seconds left and I won the card for a grand total of one dollar and four cents. You can't beat that. Another Kershaw card added to the collection.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Card of the Day - 2007 Allen and Ginter : Russell Martin Autograph

Though not at the top of my list I have been on the lookout for an on card autograph of former Dodger catcher Russell Martin. There is a decent selection out there of him depicted in Dodger blue but either something else came up that grabbed my attention or the asking price was too high for my taste.

With the Pirates in the post season for the first time in ages and Russell being a part of that team it seemed that the demand was a little higher on his autograph so I waited until the off season to really look for a card to acquire due to the prices seemingly being higher. This card has a book value of $25 which in no way was I going to even come close to paying. Found a seller that had this particular copy up for sale with an asking price of under $7. That was more up my alley and in the end I was the only one to bid on it and had the card delivered to me within a few days. The autograph looks a little cramped on the small card but at least its not a sticker one.

2014 Topps Museum Dodgers Case Break

Adrian Base

Topps just released their 2014 Museum set and being a fan of last year's I wanted to get in on this new issue. Unlike last year I just bought the singles here and there. This time around I decided to get in on a 12 box case break and try my luck on some of the hard and rare cards that I could flip and make some extra cash of just pay for the break in general. Like all other sets I still want/ed to complete the base set along with the blue parallels. With the Dodgers only having 5 players in the set that meant no more than 10 cards that I would be chasing. One annoyance was the inclusion of Ricky Nolasco. Really? No Ryu, Greinke, or Kemp? We get stuck with a pitcher that is no longer with the team. Go figure. With that said the first card is the one up above which is the base version of Adrian

Within the 12 boxes I ended up with 2 base Kershaw cards. Obviously one will be for my own personal collection but the other one is up for trade and if not I might contest it out with ... 

... one of these 2 Koufaxs that were also in the case. A great one two punch and of course if I was to do that I might as well add in one of these ... 

...yeah... I didn't even want him in the set so my break gives me two of him. I am sure someone will want it though. 

Next up were two different Puigs. The base one I wanted for sure and will be on the lookout for the blue parallel but the case also gave me the copper parallel. Not sure what I will do with that as of yet. Think it holds a little more trade value rather than contesting it out. We shall see.

Also received the copper version of Adrian. This one is up for trade if anyone wants it. 

An Adrian parallel that I will be keeping though. I am glad I scored one of the blue cards so I don't have to go searching for it online.

84 of 99

Now for the inserts. Jackie is not represented in the base set but he does appear in the Canvas Collection insert set. The card has a portrait feel to it's surface and not the normal slick coating. My Jackie collection is sorely lacking and this is a welcome addition.

I just knew since I talked crap about Nolasco that my one "hit" of an autograph would be of him. I have nothing more to say.

387 / 399

Onto the first of two relic cards that were in the case. This jumbo is of Chad who I hope makes a full recovery and can rejoin our team in a month. Card has been selling for a few bucks on eBay so it won't being going there. Might keep it, might trade it. Anyone interested?

71 of 75

And now for my big hit. A quad relic of Yasiel numbered to 75. Thankfully it is of the two color variety as that will help it's resale value. This is already on eBay and previous sales have been anywhere between $50-$75 so as long as it's in that ballpark I will make my money back. 

That is all folks. I am quite disappointed with my luck on this break. Sometimes you win and sometimes you don't but thankfully I have the outlet of eBay to help me recoup the funds back. Great looking cards and I may just try one more break and see if my luck changes. 

Again, if interested in any of the card feel free to contact me for a trade.