Friday, June 12, 2015

Card of the Day - 2014 Topps Tribute : Randy Johnson Traditions Autograph Gold Parallel (11/15) BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5

This autograph acquisition has been a long time coming as I have wanted a RJ autograph for the collection for some years now. When I collected signed balls there was never one I could get my hands on for a reasonable amount and he never did any public signings out here in Los Angeles. I tried at Dodger Stadium a few times but each time I was shut out. And prior to 2014 there just wasn't that much to chose from. Thankfully that changed as Randy signed for quite a few brands. Now I had to figure which one was the best option to go after.

Obviously the autograph had to be an on card variety. Next up was I wanted him shown in a Diamondback or Mariner jersey. No Giants for me, thank you very much. Right out the gate prices were high so my attention was drawn elsewhere for a few months. Knowing he was going to (and did) get elected to the Hall of Fame shortly I wanted to secure a copy for myself before prices went up.

Surprisingly the raw copies I found of the same card were only mildly less expensive than this graded copy which was on a BIN auction while the other ones were on a traditional auction. The only other option I saw was a Five Star card BUT they were charging CA Tax and that is an irritant for me so I went the graded route for a little more but more satisfaction in my eyes as I so do love me some gem mint cards.

Sold a few extra items in the collection and sent the money to secure this card and had it in my hands a fast 2 days later. Can't beat speedy shipping.

11 of 15

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.



  1. Ahhh... a beautiful card of a great USC Trojan! :)

    1. Well I had to balance off the UCLA card but Ill be damned if I mention that was/is a Trojan
      = )