Thursday, May 5, 2016

Card of the Day - 2015 Topps Heritage : Clayton Kershaw Real One Autograph Red Ink Variant (60/66) BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5

For the longest time I have wanted a certain Kershaw autograph and even though I have plenty of other Clayton autographs in my collection this particular kind has eluded me for years until a beautiful day this past January. I'm finally able to claim a red ink autograph variant for my collection.

Kershaw (among other players) have red ink variants in various products such as Allen Ginter and Topps Heritage. They are always more limited as the Ginters have a print run of just 10 (rare occasions there are a little more) and Heritage usually has a print run of the year they are emulating as this one is limited to just 66 copies as the card is a 1966 Topps design. Obviously more limited means more money is needed to obtain hence why I have never been able to pick one up till now.

Gem baby, yeah...

I actually acquired a Heritage card last year of Kershaw but the minute it came in I sold it as the condition was less than what I wanted for something as limited and beautiful as a red ink card is. So the search continued. At the time of this write up there are 2 BGS graded gem mints of this card and both have hit eBay. The 1st one came and went before I could even really negotiate a price with the seller as my offer was never countered and he sold it to someone else. This one popped up on eBay a few weeks later and I sent over a well under book value offer for it and as expected he declined it but he was more than willing to negotiate.

I really wanted this card and I had funds to finance it but I still wasn't going to overpay and with that the seller and I went back and forth for a few Saturday hours till we came to a middle ground that was good for the both of us. I finally had a red ink autograph to call my own and even though this is not the most valuable one in my collection it is one of my favorites.


Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.