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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.

Rethinking my stance on Manufactured Patch cards

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , on December 26, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

The other day I received in the mail two 2009 Upper Deck Icons baseball manufactured patches that I purchased on eBay for like $2.50 each. They were definitely an impulse buy on my behalf; I do no collect manu-patches, and neither Jose Reyes or Jay Bruce are really guys I collect. I bought them because the price seemed right and the cards looked somewhat appealing; or maybe the price made them appealing?

Nonetheless, they arrived on Christmas Eve and when I held the cards, something felt different — I kind of enjoyed the purchase. For more than a year I have been bitching (via comments on other blogs) about my hatred for manufactured patches. I’ve owned a few in recent years and each one I have dealt for almost next to nothing because they are not typically the type of card I chase.

But when the Reyes and Bruce arrived this week, I started thinking about what I really dislike about the Lettermen-style cards, and here’s what I came up with:

1) Signatures: Topps and Upper Deck have been guilty of producing signed Lettermen-style patches. This crap needs to stop. There is nothing appealing about seeing a signature cramped into a small fake patch. I have yet to see a signed manu-patch that actually looks good. And that’s not even counting Topps pathetic attempt last year with a certain football product that used a freakin’ sticker on the manu-patch card. Bleh.

2) Serial Numbering: I am convinced that the serial number on these type of cards are created with the sole purpose of tricking collectors into thinking what they have obtained is super rare. Most people know by now that these cards are not game-used, but someone coming back into the hobby after a year or two off is going to get duped because they just pulled from a pack or bought off eBay a card that is serial numbered to a low print run. Bottom line, ditch the numbering; either get rid of the cards or make a ton of them.

3) What they spell: I’m fine if the letters on the cards are used to spell out the name of the player; it just seems right. But don’t do what UD did with this Jay Bruce Lettermen. What’s the “G” supposed to be from? Oh yeah, Bruce Almighty. Lame.

I’m not saying that I love these cards, but what I am saying is that I can see how they can be collected and accepted. If the companies followed all of the points I brought up above, I may actually considering buying a few more. Just don’t expect me to pay “Hit” prices for these cards, after all, they are cards containing manu-patches, not actual pieces of a jersey.

2009 Topps: An Inside The Park Home Run

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on February 27, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

It took me a few years of collecting to really appreciate the images that grace these pieces of cardboard we value so much. And ever since the light went on a while back, I like to study images for what they are … slices of baseball history, as insignificant as they may be.

Well, while sorting my 2009 Topps base cards the other day, something started to happen: I saw a play developing on the cards. This is a bit on the weird side, but I’ve constructed an inside the park sequence using the images from the 2009 Topps set. Enjoy.

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New Additions Part V: Card O’ Plenty

Posted in New Addition with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

napt5longospThe packages keep coming, and with each one the pile of cards on my desk that needs to be scanned has grown. While I’m still waiting for a few other packages, I may as well do this post now before it gets way too overwhelming. Enjoy. Continue reading

Blaster Break: 2008 Topps Stadium Club baseball (Box 2)

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

bruceDon’t ask why. I just did, OK. And now I’m not happy about it.

Earlier this week, I successfully fought the urge to buy another blaster of Stadium Club. But on Wednesday I gave in. Here are the results … a whole two days later. Continue reading