Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Allen Ginter X (Online Exclusive) : Corey Seager Black and Silver Mini Frame Autograph


For a long time I was jealous of a fellow collector as he had this in his possession and picked it up for a steal when I wasn't collecting and then when I finally was ready to go after my own copy my own impatience cost me some extra funds that shouldn't have been spent. Hopefully this will gem which will help take the sting off this card's acquisition.

My buddy Greg snagged his own copy and before that I knew I wanted this card but could never find one to my liking (price wise). There were and still are a few copies that are on eBay on BIN's and I finally decided to get mine when eBay ran an extra eBucks promotion. They finally did and I went to this card's auction as this was the one I decided I thought was in the best condition. As I clicked the button to acquire I didn't realize aka didn't read, that I would be charged sales tax as I reside in California. Sh*t. I could have backed out of transaction but I hate when people do that to me so I sucked it up and paid the amount. Now that it is in hand it looks like it should be a 9.5 when I submit it to BGS but we all know how that can pan out. Here's hoping I see a gold banner in it's future and to everyone else make sure you read the fine print.

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Monday, June 26, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Topps Gold Label : Corey Seager Base Framed Autograph Black Parallel (12/50) BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5


During my run of results from my most recent BGS batch I alluded to the fact that I cracked and resold a few cards that were not up to par for my collection and used those funds to acquire some that were. This is the 1st of 2 that I acquired.

The Gold Label brand is not the prettiest of cards but I do love me metal framed autographs and this Corey one in its black parallel looks great in hand. There is no book to go by for price reference but using the facts that it is numbered out of 50, a rookie card and is an on card autograph in a BGS 9.5 case I came up with an amount I was comfortable with and when this card's auction ended the actual cost was way lower than I expected it would go for.


This card is a strong gem mint with its quad 9.5's and knowing that his autograph prices are going up in the high end brands I believe this was a steal for me. Plus with the funds coming from cards I had no interest in it makes it just a bit more sweeter.


Twelve
of
Fifty


Another perfect 10

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-Penguin

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Topps Update : Corey Seager Fire Autograph (10/25)


It's so nice when you expect something promptly and then the player and Topps cooperates with your mentality and delivers a redemption in less than 2 weeks after submitting for it.

I knew this 2016 autograph of Corey was already "live" and didn't expect to have to wait that long for the real thing and that became a fact when this showed up on my doorstep just 2 weeks after I scored a deal for the redemption card online. I am happy people can be impatient as that allows me to lock in on some great deals and this might have just gotten better as under the loop I do not see any major problems that should stop this from earning a 9.5 from Beckett. Another great on card autograph of Mr. Seager for the collection.


Ten
of
Twenty-Five

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-Penguin

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Topps Transcendent : Clayton Kershaw Framed Autograph (7/52) BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5


It took a lot longer than I thought it would and also believed I lost my chance at this card but after weeks of waiting and wondering I snagged this when the seller finally met my price and surprised that it was there for the taking.

This beautiful framed autograph (love metal framed cards) of the Dodger great was on eBay for a long while with a high asking price which I had no intention of ever touching. I checked past sales and came up with an amount I would be happy with if it ever got to that point. Days went by which turned into weeks and every so often the seller lowered his price (he had no best offer option) and when he was finally about $70 from my price I contacted him about letting it go at my price. He politely declined but said just keep checking back to see how low it would go. He stated he was motivated to move it but just not yet at my offer price.


More days passed and then each day he lowered it $10 here, $5 there and when I went to bed 1 Friday it was only $20 from my price. I woke up Saturday morning and saw his new selling price was a couple dollars lower than my offer. Woo hoo. I snagged it and now own 1 of 3 autographs (Seager and Trout being the others) that I would love to own from this high end Topps brand. Of course it being in a BGS was a main selling point as well as I don't have to worry about this card not gemming.


Seven
of
Fifty-Two


A perfect 10

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-Penguin

Friday, June 23, 2017

Card of the Day - 2017 Gypsy Queen : Corey Seager Base Autograph Missing Nameplate Variant (11/35)


Well since I picked up the black and white parallel from this year's GQ set I might as well try to get all the versions of Seager autographs in the set right? Well here is number 2 in that pursuit and its limited to just 35 copies.

I still feel that the GQ brand is a little risky due to condition issues and this one is no different but I still think it should squeak into the 9.5 gold when I submit it. I acquired this while playing the eBay of waiting to see how another auction plays out before picking this up. This copy was on a BIN OBO auction and the seller sent me a reasonable offer after rejecting mine. Well there was another copy on a traditional auction and I wanted to see how that finished before getting this one. A dangerous game when there are only 35 copies but I wasn't going to not get the best deal. Watching the auction card as its price kept going up and with 10 minutes left in its auction the price went above what the seller said I could have for this one. Promptly clicked the accept button and added another Seager auto to the collection.


Eleven
of
Thirty-Five

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-Penguin

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Card of the Day - 2017 Gypsy Queen : Corey Seager Base Autograph Black and White Parallel (40/99)


I took quite a gamble considering this is a Gypsy Queen card and I acquired it basically sight unseen so I put lots of faith in the seller's feedback. Looks like I did alright.

GQ is a paper product and with that there always seems to be conditioning issues when I hunt a copy of a particular card down. I love black and white parallels and when I heard that Corey would have an on card autograph on said parallel I had hoped to land one at some point. Well this seller on eBay (perfect feedback) had 1 for sale which I originally passed on. 2 days later the same seller adjusted his auction to state he now had 2 copies and lowered the price by $15. It was now far and away the best deal on the auction site. Problem was that with 2 copies being available I had no idea which 1 I would receive so I crossed my fingers and hit the button to complete the transaction. Week later I had this in hand and other than a slight fraying corner on the back side there does not seem to be any issue. Not a bad transaction for me and hopefully I can turn it into BGS Gold.


Forty
of
Ninety-Nine

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-Penguin

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Bowman Chrome : Corey Seager Base Autograph (Batting) Green Refractor Parallel (82/99) BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5


1st day of the 2016 baseball off season, 0 Blue, 0 Green and 0 Golds. Second to last day of the 2016 baseball off season 2 Blues, Both Golds and now for the perfect finish the other Green is now in hand.

I usually have 1 big project I want to do each off season and have a plan in place at the time of year, This past one though was a tad different. My project was to add to my Kershaw autograph collection which I want to have 1 for each win he earns. While I did add quite a few this Corey rainbow project came about because of a ridiculous low priced Gold back in December. I ended up acquiring this Green at the end of March so the span of 3 months I went from zero colored parallels of this card to 6. Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

There are 2 other colors our there (Orange and Red) but with the prints runs of 25 and 5 respectively I highly doubt I will ever get the true rainbow of this project considering there are 2 photo variations to go after. Might snag an Orange at some point but a Red would be crazy priced I am sure. So for the time being I need to hunt down the base refractors of these cards and with a print run of 499 I am confident I will get them at a decent price.



Eighty-Two
of
Ninety-Nine

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-Penguin

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Topps Update : Corey Seager Fire Autograph (#/25)


After weeks of trying to acquire the actual card of this redemption from a seller on eBay I went ahead and went this route as he was not budging an inch on his price.

Knowing that this card exists already made the decision easier to acquire this redemption as I know it will be in hand shortly. There have been a few on eBay and a seller had his on a BIN with a best offer option but his counter literally was $3 lower than his asking price. Ass... I understand it's your card but don't offer to negotiate if you really aren't going to.

This card wasn't overly important to have but when this redemption popped up for sale at over $50 less than what that other seller was trying to get I crossed my fingers I could get this on the cheap considering people are impatient and might not want to wait an extra 2 weeks for their card. The plan worked as I won this with the 1 and only bid on the auction. Now I wait for the physical card which should be coming to me shortly.

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Monday, June 19, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Bowman Chrome : Corey Seager Base Autograph (Fielding) Gold Refractor Parallel (21/50) BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5


What an off season for me when it came to Bowman Chrome autographs of Corey Seager. What is even more surprisingly was that going into this was not a project I was planning to do at the time but I am glad I did it and with a little luck on my side I had a great haul. This post won't go live till May or June but I acquired the card in the waning days of March.

When I picked up the other Gold (batting) back in the end of December I knew I would want to pare it up with this fielding version at some point but as well know Gold is king in the hobby and with only 50 copies I had no idea when I would be able to snag one. Also knowing as the years go by this card could get out of my price range no matter how many comics I sell to cover the cost so I made it a priority to pick up sooner rather than later.

This card was on a BIN auction for a long time but one day the seller decided to go the ole traditional auction route and made it a 1 day special. Let the fun begin. This I only had a 24 hour "notice" for this card I had no funds to acquire it but I had enough cards and comics I could sell to cover it so I gave myself a cap. A long day of auction watching and after 23 bids I came out on top. Hot damn. I now have the 2 blues, 1 green and both golds. Now I just need to get that last green and I complete one hell of a project.



Twenty-One
of
Fifty

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-Penguin

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Topps Strata : Clayton Kershaw Signatures Patch Autograph (27/55) BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5


See card
Want card
Get card

Simple right? Not always. I am a fan of all Kershaw autographs that are on card and if it is already in a BGS case all the better. Of course with this being a POP 1 (at the time of acquisition) more attention is drawn to the card. With me selling off non gems of Seager and Kershaw I usually have funds for when something pops up and that was no different when this did.


I expected a little bidding war but not one that took it all the way to waning seconds of the auction. I wasn't a fan of the ending price but with nothing coming out of pocket I won't bitch too much about it as it is another 9.5 for the Kershaw collection and that is always a good thing.


Twenty-Seven
of
Fifty-Five

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-Penguin

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Card of the Day - 2015 Topps Tribute : Clayton Kershaw Foundation of Greatness Autograph Black Parallel (42/50)


I went back to the well once again with an eBay seller that I have done countless transaction with in the hope I could snag steal on this card on a day that eBay was running a coupon special. The jury's still out but I in the end no matter what BGS gives this card I think I came out on top.

This is from the 2015 Tribute set which is notorious for being recalled because of condition issues. I have had some luck with cards from that set in the past and was looking to hit another home run on this Kershaw autograph. This books for $100-$200 in Beckett but the seller had this on a BIN for just $85. My mind thought there probably was a conditioning issue and once in hand there happens to be 1 corner with a slight fraying issue. Can it hold the line at a 9 so I can sneak out a 9.5 overall? Maybe but if not I can't see it getting lower than a 8.5 on that category and at worst a mint 9 is what this card would earn.

$85 seems like a slight steal but eBay was running a $15 coupon deal for any transaction that totaled at least $75. Considering this card had been listed for quite some time I reached out and asked my eBay friend what his best deal was and he said $75. So with the coupon added to it the cost to me would only be $60. So for a card that books for $100-200 I think $60 is a decent enough deal. What do you think?


Forty-Two
of
Fifty

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-Penguin

Friday, June 16, 2017

March 2017 BGS Submission Result Number FORTY-TWO of FORTY-TWO - 2016 Topps Corey Seager Base Clear/Acetate Parallel (6/10) Now BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5


The final entry of my most recent batch sent to Beckett for grading and the new non autograph crown jewel of my Corey Seager rookie card collection.

I snagged this during the 2016 off season when no one was really looking for baseball cards so it was a steal in my opinion as the price kept going down as there was no interest in it. Being numbered out of just 10 copies this trumps the framed one (16 copies) that I had at one point that also gemmed and I sold for twice as much as I "paid" for it. To this day I have never seen another framed parallel as I have wanted to pick one up once again again. Well with this one I no longer need that one as this is more rare. I knew the grade going in and when I submitted it to BGS for a raw review I half way expected this to receive a 10 but it did not so I was a little disappointed. Now with this in hand I know the sub grades and it "barely" gemmed as there was a 9 (surfaces) but it also did earn 2 10's so I guess this is a strong 9.5 in some way.

I have no intention of parting with this but I am curious of its value now and if Corey continues to have a good season I might throw it up on eBay at a obscene buy it now price but see what I get offered.

42 cards and almost no complaints. Already working on the next batch which is up to 18 cards.


Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Thursday, June 15, 2017

March 2017 BGS Submission Result Number FORTY-ONE of FORTY-TWO - 2016 Topps Chrome Corey Seager Base Orange Refractor Parallel (16/25) Now BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5


Second to last card of the batch and even though I knew both card's grades going in it's still a great feeling when you get them back in their BGS cases as it was for this limited (/25) orange parallel from the 2016 Topps Chrome set.

I am trying to complete a rainbow of Seager cards from the 2016 set in general but on top of that I want them to be in gem mint condition. With only 25 copies there are only so many chances of that happening and if this didn't gem on the raw review I would have flipped it for another orange and tried my chances again. Well not only did this gem it did so with 3 9.5 sub grades to go along with 1 10. Not too shabby for a card I graded on a deal. I have to look at all the Chromes I have so far of Corey but with this I think I am done except for the red parallel with its near impossible 5 print run and the super which I know is a pipe dream. Still, even without those two this is an impressive feat if I do so saw myself.


Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

March 2017 BGS Submission Result Number FORTY of FORTY-TWO - 2015 Allen Ginter Clayton Kershaw Mini Frame Autograph Red Ink Variant (4/10) Now BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5


I/we have reached the final Kershaw and autograph of this 42 card batch and to me the best of the group bar none.

Though I have a couple other red ink autographs of Clayton is this my first Allen Ginter one. They are always hard to track down since their print run rarely changes from a total of 10 any given year. When I picked this card up I had every intention of getting it graded and since the base version of this graded out as a 9.5/9 as shown earlier this was important to me for it to earn a 9.5/10. Once in hand I believed it would achieve that grade but knowing how nothing was assured I crossed my fingers. I didn't go the raw review route as that batch was getting too big and I was confident and have faith this would come out OK and that it did. Quad 9.5's with the all important 10 on autograph and this is now my favorite Ginter Kershaw in my collection by far.


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-Penguin

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

March 2017 BGS Submission Result Number THIRTY-NINE of FORTY-TWO - 2015 Topps Supreme Clayton Kershaw Magenta Printing Plate Autograph (1/1) Now BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5


Half way there to the ultimate Kershaw autograph project albeit not the priciest.

Having one autograph plate is a nice thing but have 2 of the 4 to make a card is a nice achievement. Having both in gem mint condition is just crazy. Crazy why? Printing plates are know to have flaws as they are used to make the cards so are constantly being "handled". No surprise that this one received a 9 for its surface but thankfully everything else checked out OK with a 9.5 and I now have the yellow and this magenta and still on the look out for the cyan and black ones. If anyone happens to come across them please point me in that direction as it would one helluva an accomplishment to own all for 1 of 1's.


Another 1 of 1 gem

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-Penguin

Monday, June 12, 2017

March 2017 BGS Submission Result Number THIRTY-EIGHT of FORTY-TWO - 2015 Topps High Tek Clayton Kershaw Base Autograph Red Orbit Parallel (3/5) Now BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5


Yesterday it was 2014 and today its 2015 and hopefully in the future it will be 2016. Topps and their High Tek brand has produced red parallels in each of those 3 years and I have the 2014 and now the 2015 in gem mint BGS holders. On the look out for 2016 to complete the trifecta.

This High Tek goes against the norm for this batch as it was the corners and not the surfaces that checked in with a 9. No matter as the overall is still a gem mint 9.5 and that is all that matters at the end of the day. I hope to get the 2016 at some point and get a 9.5 attached to that one as well as that would be a nice little 3 card set to own for this Kershaw fan.


Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Card of the Day - 2017 Topps Tribute : Corey Seager Base Autograph (148/199)


Guess some people either just don't care how much a card of their's sells for as long as it sells. That is the feeling I felt when I acquired this card just a hour after it was listed. Not complaining mind you but some things just boggle my mind.

This card went live a few hours after it was released and a seller on eBay had it listed for a nice round number of $100. Of course there was no book value for it but that said there was no way I was interested in it at triple digits. He did have a best offer option and I sent him one for almost 60% off his asking price. Not 10 minutes later I received an email that I won the card with not counter from the seller. Go figure.


One Hundred and Forty-Eight
of
One Hundred and Ninety-Nine

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-Penguin

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Card of the Day - 2017 Topps Heritage : Mike Trout Base Chrome Blue Refractor Parallel (51/68)


A streak continues yet 1 ends while another one is holding on by a thread but won't know that result until BGS rolls back in town in a couple of months.

I am moving away from most parallels as I am concentrating on just autographs now but Heritage chrome still holds a special place in my heart and I will continue pursuing then for the foreseeable future hence that streak continues. What did stop this year was Topps went from chrome having a black parallel to blue which I am not a fan of. I love blue and all but I liked how all my Heritage chromes where all black and now it will have a different color in the group. It will be more of a standout if they revert back to black in 2018 which I hope they do. The streak that is in jeopardy is will this earn a 9.5 from BGS as every other Trout Heritage chrome I have submitted has earned that grade. This one has some issues on corners and not sure what mood the grader will be in when he sees this. On the front it is fine but the back and under the loop shows the problems. Crossing my fingers but not holding my breath.


Fifty-One
of
Sixty-Eight

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-Penguin

Friday, June 9, 2017

March 2017 BGS Submission Result Number THIRTY-SEVEN of FORTY-TWO - 2014 Topps High Tek Clayton Kershaw Base Autograph Red Storm Parallel (4/10) Now BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5


Oh look, a High Tek card that doesn't have an issue with its surface and to top it off its a very limited (4/10) Kershaw autograph.

This card sat on eBay for months and no one touched it till I did when the seller just gave up and put such a low asking price for it. I scoped it up and thought it would gem when I did decide to submit it to BGS. Low and behold it did just that as not a single grade less than a 9.5 was earned by this card. What would be great is if I can land the other 2 red Tek autos from 2015 and 2016 to make this a nice little 3 card project. Oh wait I think I have another, see you tomorrow.


Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Thursday, June 8, 2017

March 2017 BGS Submission Result Number THIRTY-SIX of FORTY-TWO - 2016 Topps Now Clayton Kershaw Relic Autograph (14/99) Now BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5


Another card that went in for the full slab treatment that I knew the grade going in. With this being a thick card I really wanted to know what it would grade out to be before heading to Dallas and during the raw grade event I was lucky to find out it would receive a gold banner. Now its in this great looking case.

This comes from one of the more dramatic playoff games in recent Dodger history as Clayton came in from the bullpen to close out the game and series just 2 days after he won game 4 as a starter. Starter, closer this man does everything. I had to have a card depicting this great achievement and now I have it with this quad 9.5 gem mint card.


Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

March 2017 BGS Submission Result Number THIRTY-FIVE of FORTY-TWO - 2016 Topps High Tek Clayton Kershaw Base Autograph Sky Rainbow Parallel (10/20) Now BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5


And with this recap post we come to the final entry of the batch of 2016 High Tek autographs of Clayton and another gem mint return to complete a clean sweep of cards from this year.

I set out to a complete rainbow of autographs from this set and each and every one that I submitted received a gold banner. The only one I am looking for now is the red one which has a print run of just 5. What is funny is I have the previous 2 years of reds (more on that shortly) but not this years. Once again though the surface sub grade is the one category that did not receive at least a 9.5. No matter as the other subs garnered 2 10's and a 9.5 and this beautiful blue parallel completes my project for the time being.


Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

March 2017 BGS Submission Result Number THIRTY-FOUR of FORTY-TWO - 2016 Allen Ginter Corey Seager Mini Frame Autograph Black Parallel (11/25) Now BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5


I love autographs.
I love black parallels.
I love Allen Ginter.
And then to top all of that off BGS graders were kind enough to slap a quad 9.5 gem mint label on this limited Corey Seager autograph.

Looking back at all my submission A/G probably has the best track record for me on returns as I think there has only been 1 Ginter to ever NOT receive a 9.5 when it comes to these mini frames. Even though it has a plastic coating since the mini card has to be encased surface has not been an issue so far (knock on wood). I expected a gold banner and received it. Another beautiful card that looks even better in its new home.


Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin

Monday, June 5, 2017

March 2017 BGS Submission Result Number THIRTY-THREE of FORTY-TWO - 2012 Topps Heritage Clayton Kershaw Base Autograph Now BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5


Though there are higher priced cards still to show off this one is probably the biggest surprise as it earned an unexpected gem mint 9.5.

I love this design and its probably my favorite of all the Topps Heritage years. When I acquired this from on overseas blogger I thought it would come back as a 9 at best. Even though I would always prefer a 9.5 I was going to be happy with a 9. I didn't want to wait for find out its grade so I did a raw grade review and they slapped a 9.5 label on it. Very happy to see that and couldn't believe it. Of course I sent it in for the full slab treatment and not only did it come back as a gem mint it came back a strong one as it has 3 9.5 subs and a 10 as the cherry on top.


Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.

-Penguin