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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Roy Campanella 1958 Bell Brand PSA 5!!!

My latest Roy Campanella pickup was acquired many months ago and is one of my absolute favorite pieces I have in my PC of the legendary backstop. I'm down to just needing oddballs for Campy outside of his '59 commemorative Topps card and '61 Topps MVP card. I generally make a big push when the rarer issues hit eBay and I was determined to land the below when it popped up.

Success! I paid for most of it with a tip from work after running a party and may have even used some eBay Bucks to fund its acquisition. Very little came out of pocket for this gorgeous PSA 5. I've seen some of these in more form-fitting PSA holders which I would actually prefer as my fear is the card will slide around with all of that extra room. Maybe I'll one day get it re-holdered. Maybe.

And here's the back of this beaut. Simple, filled with stats and a nice write-up about Roy, and that little bell at the bottom is pretty damn cool. This is also an extremely clean and aesthetically-pleasing EX, so I'm beyond thrilled to cross this need off of my Campanella Wants List.

Monday, July 24, 2017

David Enebral 2014 Archer Sketch Pickup: Ray Gillette and His Wheelchair

I was recently able to cross another artist off of my needs list from the sketch portion of Cryptozoic's 2014 Archer. I decided to snag this card for a few reasons. I needed the artist, David Enebral; I had yet to add a sketch of Ray, one of the main characters; and it was my birthday when I snapped it up and if you can't spend under half a blaster on yourself on your birthday, why bother collecting things at all.

I had a few bucks remaining on an eBay gift card so the sketch ran me just over $7. Ray was the last main character I was without a sketch of so I'm pumped to finally add him to the PC. I'm generally really adept at figuring out which scene and episode the sketch comes from but this one is throwing me for a loop. My original guess has proven to be wrong, so I'm at a loss.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Trade With The Dutch Card Guy: Part 2 - Clayton Kershaw 2015 Gypsy Queen Auto-Relic /50, BGS 9-10 AU!

Here's Part 2 and the first follow-up to what was my second trade with Jeroen of The Dutch Card Guy fame from November of 2016. I purchased three big cards from him and decided to wait until they returned from Beckett before showcasing them. Then, I just fell into my recent habit of being really slow in getting blogging done. So, finally, here's the first card I snagged.

Kid K! This beautiful auto-relic of Clayton Kershaw hails from 2015 Gypsy Queen and is numbered 45/50. It returned from BGS in a 9-10 AU holder and though it is a 9, it is at least a pretty strong 9 with no sub-grades below a 9. The John Hancock is on-card -- and hey, Clayton didn't run it to the edge oh snap yesssssss -- and he even inscribed his number to boot. It's a wonderful addition to my Minotaur PC.

Thanks Jeroen!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

1938 Wheaties Series 10 Hand Cut, SGC Authentic: Paul "Big Poison" Waner!

We recently listed a bunch of Dodgers' Wheaties items at work and my desire to see all of the cool stuff we get in at work ended up costing me money when all was said and done. After checking out our newest items I decided to browse eBay and enjoy the coolness that is a vintage Wheaties box panel in all of its full glorious-ness. But of course, I couldn't just admire from a distance.

One seller on eBay was selling a bunch of these beauties and I was down to just a couple that really caught my eye. I ended up winning one, and it just so happened to be of Hall of Famer and once upon a time Brooklyn Dodger Big Poison, Paul Waner. Waner is pictured as a Pirate, which is the team I associate him with. I didn't even know he had been a Dodger until after I bought the Wheaties partial box. It's graded an Authentic and housed in a sweet SGC holder.

I'll take Mr. Waner over a blaster and a loose pack or two any day of the cardboard week. He makes for a fine addition to my Vintage PC.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Clayton Kershaw 2015 Topps Heritage '51 Collection Blue Back Autographs, #'d 05/25: BGS 9.5-10 Auto!

I couldn't be happier concerning the card I get to showcase today. I landed it back in late September of last year as the sole bidder. I got a steal on it (with free shipping to boot) and was able to pay for it entirely through the fruits of selling for the first time ever at a card show. I parted with a Jered Weaver patch as well as two mystery packs I created for the show that included 5 hits. So for the price of 11 hits I had no interest in I was able to land a brand new Clayton Kershaw John Hancock, limited to just 25 copies as the icing on the cardboard cake.

It's a trade I would make 101 times out of 100 opportunities. Fast forward to earlier this year and I sent it off to Beckett in the hopes of a good grade. My hopes were answered when this beauty, numbered 05/25, returned with a gorgeous gold banner as a 9.5-10 AU. I dig the 1951 Topps design as that set is great in and of itself. Thanks again to Penguin for submitting to BGS for me!