Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Topps Transcendent : Vin Scully Gold Framed Autograph (22/52) BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5

There are a few friends out there *cough* Greg *cough* (lol) that believed I was crazy when I sold off my other Vin Scully autograph but when it came back from Beckett with an 8 slapped on it I just couldn't keep it as it would have bothered me knowing that it was in my collection with that poor grade. I sold the card and made my money back on it but I knew at some point I would reacquire Mr. Scully's auto at some point and now was the time and of course I made SURE it would be a gem mint copy this time around.

With not that many Scully autographs in general I knew that it would take some time to find one that would be in certified gem mint condition from BGS. This one popped up on the bay with a price that was too much for me as I wanted to use funds that I had accumulated over time. I decided to bide my time and also revisit this one when eBay ran another one of their eBucks promotions. They finally did so I reached out to the seller of this card who is based in Asia and wanted to see if there was any wiggle room to work with that would be beneficial to both of us. We finally agreed to a price and with not too much out of pocket I finally own a Vin Scully autograph that is good enough to have in my collection.

Normally I prefer silver or gold framed autographs but this gold one really goes well with the gold banner it earned from Beckett. So the gold standard in broadcasting is framed in beautiful gold with a banner of gold above him. I think this is perfect and happy to call it mine.


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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Topps Now : Clayton Kershaw 1st Ever MLB Save Base Autograph (145/199) BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5

I couldn't possibly only own the relic version of this card and not pare it up with the non one right? Nope I couldn't and finally one of these popped up that was already certified gem mint 9.5 by Beckett and I was determined to land it.

There has been shortage of raw versions of this card but I am really just trying to hold out for the graded cards that I want going forward and I don't remember seeing one of this before this one showed up. Knowing past sales of this card I knew what my ceiling would be and I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't go for all that much more than a few raw ones had sold a couple days prior to this one.

I now have the relic and this one. If I was going go crazy I could go after all the parallels but I won't be unless they can be had for a major steal. Another gem for my road to 100 project of Clayton.

One Hundred and Forty-Five
One Hundred and Ninety-Nine

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Card of the Day - 2017 Gypsy Queen : Corey Seager Base Autograph Missing Blackplate Variant

There is supposedly a purple version of Seager's autograph in this year's GQ set but till I see one this version completes all the autos I can acquire of him so far.

I snagged the black and white parallel and then the "missing nameplate" version and finally this one to complete the trifecta. Although this is not numbered it is a limited card and I was happy to land it on a deal considering it books for over $100 and I acquired for more than 50% less than that. Conditioning as always comes into play with Gypsy and this one is no different as a corner gives me a little concern but I hope it won't hinder it too much when I submit it to BGS in the near future. Other than that this is a fine addition to my budding Corey autograph collection.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Card of the Day - 2016 Topps Chrome : Julio Urias Base Autograph Red Refractor Parallel (4/5) BGS Graded Gem Mint 9.5

Oh...MY !!!!

I have wanted to do a full autograph rainbow on any of my 4 PC players and the ultimate would/is do one for their rookie card years. Of course the problem has and always will be that the red parallel is always limited to just 5 copies. So lets look at this :

Trout Bowman Chrome red rookie? HAHAHAHAHA.... would have to win the lotto to acquire this one.
Kershaw Bowman Chrome red rookie? = ) . Might not need the lotto but I would need one hell of a raise to consider hunting this one down.
Seager Topps Chrome red rookie? Possible but still very much a long shot and don't think it will ever happen. I would have to sell a lot and I mean A LOT of cards to pick that one up.
Then you have Julio Urias. The one of the four who's prices haven't shot through the rough but at the same time still trending upwards. So it is possible? Yes because here it is.

I decided to not do the 2014 Bowman Chrome prospect rainbow as their were more parallels to chase after and higher prices so I decided to concentrate on the 2016 Topps Chrome set instead with its Rookie Card designation on the the card. When I started I knew it would still be a long shot but considering I already had the base, green, blue, purple, orange it only left me the gold and the red to find. I am confident I will land the gold at some point using eBay eBucks so that left the red to find. Till now I have never seen one up for sale then this BGS gem showed up and a quick look up showed that it was the ONLY one to be graded so far. The question now was could I actually win it with the price I had in mind. Let the problems begin.

By the time this post goes live I will have paid it off with cards I unloaded but at the time of winning it I only had half of what it took to snag it. The other issue was that this card's auction ended at 5 in the morning on a Saturday!!! Yeah I was not getting up that early or staying up that late to win a "card" so when I went to bed on Friday I put in my bid which made the high bidder and crossed my fingers and closed my eyes. Woke up to a notification that I actually won this and no one had put a bid in after I went to bed. That in itself was more surprising. I truly believe if this ended at any reasonable time someone here in Los Angeles would have at least bidded me up some as I can not believe what the final price was for this ultra limited card. This is now my crown jewel of my Urias collection and now when I land the gold I will actually have completed an autograph rookie card rainbow of one of the players I collect. Just unreal.


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