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Latest BGS order delivers a pair of Gems

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

The last few weeks have been pretty hectic here.  Surely it’s nothing compared to what the folks on the East Coast are dealing with these days thanks to “Superstorm” Sandy.  But nonetheless, life has been hectic.

I’ve had little time to document much of my hobby achievements.  So I will do my best to post a few things here this morning before I return to my duties.

First off, here are the results of my latest Beckett Grading Services order.  I sent these cards in two months and they came back a few weeks ago.  But I’ve yet to share them, partially because my regular computer decided to take a crap and the scanner attached to it has been relegated to paper weight status.

Anyhow, here are the results.

When I went to The National in August, one of the cards I wanted to track down was a 1959 Sadaharu Oh rookie card.  And as I documented here, I managed to find one at a GREAT price.  Well, it’s finally slabbed.  It’s the first one graded by Beckett Grading.

About three weeks after The National, I managed to swing a deal in which I was able to acquire a 1949 Bowman Satchel Paige rookie card.  At the time of the acquisition, the card was slabbed by SGC and was graded “poor.”  I’ve said it before, I like the SGC holders — that black mat inset does look good with vintage —  but the majority of my cards are slabbed by Beckett. So yeah, I cracked the Paige and sent it to Beckett. Now it’ll fit in perfectly with the rest of the cardboard icons.

I bought this 1954 Bowman Don Larsen rookie on eBay a few years back and always thought it was in nice shape.  The one flaw is a surface wrinkle ON THE BACK OF THE CARD.  Really good-looking copy if you ask me.

About a week before I prepared my BGS order, I scored a 2005 Bowman Chrome Refractor Matt Kemp signed rookie year card for about half of what they were going for in May — you know, when he was the greatest baseball player on the face of the earth. It was raw when I got it.  Now it’s a slabbed  … as a mint 9.  I believe Mint copies of this card were about $500 in May.  That’s a win.

The last four cards in this batch were all cards I purchased over at Check Out My Cards.

Here’s another chrome rookie-year auto card from 2005.  This Jay Bruce Topps Update Chrome Refractor was sitting on the COMC ungraded and was made available to me for $40.  Seriously?!  I paid more than that for my regular version.  And given the Gem Mint grade that the BGS case now bears, I’d say I hit a bargain.

Sometime last year I acquired a 1957 Topps Frank Robinson rookie card on the site that was graded a 4.5.  I was content with the grade, but it should be noted that the card had been graded in 2000 and in my opinion, the card appeared to be a bit stronger that the grade on the old BGS label.  I was right … a slight bump.

This 1952 Topps Billy Martin was on the site in raw condition and was obtained for 10% of high book … solid buy and addition to my rookie card collection.

And we’ll save the best for last.

It’s hard to top some of the cards already shown in this post.  But let’s consider this.  This 1981 TCMA Pawtucket Wade Boggs minor league “pre” rookie card was the only one available on the COMC site and I snapped it up for $10 seconds after it became active.  I bought it and it sat in my inventory for months; then I had it delivered and it sat in my house for months.  Literally minutes before I sealed up my BGS order I figured I’d sent it in.  Why?  Because it looked perfect. Well … I was right!  Only SIX of these have been graded GEM MINT by Beckett.  Awesome.

2 more HOF rookie cards have arrived, including a Yankee legend

Posted in Hall of Fame Rookie Cards with tags , , , , , , on June 16, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

My latest Check Out My Cards order arrived last weekend. And while much of it is of little fanfare, a few of the cards  are worthy of showing off.  I’ll spread them out over a few posts as I have some thoughts I want to share on different topics.  But for now I’ll concentrate on a pair of Hall of Fame rookies that I recently acquired from the site.

Let’s get the big one out of the way first:

1951 Bowman Whitey Ford rookie card, graded BVG 2.

I’ve been hunting for one of these Whitey Ford rookie for years, but I never felt comfortable with my options for the price range.  High book on this card is $2,500 and typically I like to stick to the 10-percent range on the really expensive stuff, which means I wanted to pay no more than $250 for one of these.  And every time I had searched for a Ford in that price range, I was not overwhelmed with the options.

And then came along this graded beauty on COMC … at a price less than 10 percent. Oh, and it’s already graded by Beckett Grading, which is where I was going to send the card anyway.

Not a lot to say about this one other than the fact that I needed it for my rookie card collection and the price was right.  High book is $60, got this for $10.  Not a bad price for the condition.


See more Hall of Fame rookie cards here.

Latest CheckOutMyCards order has arrived (Video Mail Day)

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , on May 13, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

Was running short on time earlier this week so I decided to records the mail day.  Enjoy.

Lots of autos.

*And pardon me as I misspoke a few times, still new to video stuff.

New items on COMC

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , on October 24, 2011 by Cardboard Icons

Over the last few weeks I’ve added a slew of new items to my account.  There’s a bunch of autos and relics, as well as some other stuff in there.

Some of the items are more personal collection items, like the Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig shown here.

But there are plenty of other items available to you.  If you get a chance, go check it out and see if there is something you’d like to add to your collection.