Sell some relics and pick up more autographs. Rinse and repeat.
Continuing my switch over to non relic and non blue/black parallels I am focusing on acquiring autographs of players that could be had a cheap price. Other than the norm (Kershaw, HOF's, Dodgers in general) I am trying to pick up autographs of young players that I probably will never get in person. Rizzo is a rising star for the Cubs but is not the biggest as they have a lot of higher profile players just arriving (Soler) or very close to making it to the big leagues (Bryant).
Rizzo made the All Star team last year so I wanted to pick up his autograph at some point. A seller had this up on the bay one day for an asking price of $65. Book value ungraded is $30 so I would expect a slight premium for the BGS gem mint grade but I wasn't going to pay that. Week went by and it went unsold. He relisted it for $50 and a best offer. Still no interest on my part. Another week by and it continued to remain unsold. Seller relisted it again but this time on a traditional auction for under $30. Now my interest was there. I had plenty of funds from the other sales so it was time to see what kind of bargain I could get.
Auction once again was nearing it's end and not a single bid had been placed and from what I could tell I was the only watcher. A few seconds left and I put in my bid and won the card as I was the only one to put a bid in. Being patient for close to three weeks got me this card for more than 60% of what the seller originally was asking for and for less than what an ungraded copy books for. Welcome to the collection Rizzo.
1 of only 5 graded gem mint
I guess that is an "A" and a "R"...