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Friday, May 20, 2016

Johnny Bench Pickups: 1972 Topps!

Continuing on with my newly-begun Johnny Bench project, today's post has a distinct 1972 theme to it. I'm going to be a bit stricter condition-wise with the Bench cards only because price isn't too exorbitant for most in VG-EX or better unlike with pre-war stuff or someone like Koufax.

First up is Johnny's '72 Topps base card. Centering be damned as this card still presents very nicely. We put together a '72 set at work for a customer once. It was a bitch (but fun!). Those high-numbers are killers.

And here is Mr. Bench's In Action '72 Topps card.

Mike, as always, you have outdone yourself! Muchos muchos gracias amigo!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Corey Seager eBay Pickup: 2016 Gypsy Queen Photo Variation SP Rookie

Corey Seager cards don't come around these parts all that often anymore as prices are far too high for my liking. But I check twice a day nevertheless just in case something slips by and remains reasonably priced. One did recently and it arrived in my mailbox within the last week.

Here's the Photo Variation SP of Corey's 2016 Gypsy Queen RC. This copy ended up selling for about 25% less than the cheapest completed listings I had been following along with so the decision to take a run at it was an easy one to make.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

2005 Bowman Chrome XFractor Auto, BGS 9/10 Auto: Matt Kemp PC Pickup!

Here's the third card I submitted to BGS through Dodger Penguin. Grade didn't matter that much to me as I just wanted it in a secure holder since I'm clumsy and it's a centerpiece of my main player collection. Now in a spiffy BGS 9/10 Auto holder, Matthew Ryan Kemp's 2005 Bowman Chrome XFractor Rookie Autograph:

Numbered 116/225 this XFractor was much more affordable than I anticipated it being. BGS gave it two 9 sub-grades, a 9.5 on the centering, and an 8.5 for the surface which is always super tricky on chrome cardboard. All that blue just makes the card so much better.

And here's the card sans-holder for the simple reason that I scanned it in prior to sending it away and still had said scan on my computer. Plus without the bulky holder the true X-Fractor-y-ness of the card comes across.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

My 1st COMC Purchase: Batman, Bison, Hockey, and Pre-War British Tobacco!

I recently received my first COMC buy in the mail. I had been building up a cache of cards for almost a couple years and did so entirely through credit earned by completing challenges COMC offered after their breakup with Beckett.

BATMAN cardboard! I've discussed my love of these before and I couldn't resist picking up this great shot of a "Cycling Crusader" for a wee bit of COMC credit. The artwork on these cards is just spectacular and then some. This is from the Red Bat A Series released in 1966.

I'm beyond tempted to slowly put together this Red Bat set as it's only 44 cards deep and I now have six cards without putting in much effort.

MORE BATMAN! Here's the "Concrete Conquest" card from the B Series Blue Bat issue, also out of the year that was 1966. It's another 44-card set and although it's my first Blue Bat piece of cardboard I might just have to give it a go as well. Again, the artwork on this bad boy is just amazingly impeccable.

The '66 Black Bat set is a bit tricky at 55 cards but it's doable.

The colorful and puzzled Batman backs.

Despite the extra-large scan this beaut is a mini from 2005 Bowman Heritage and a Bison I somehow had never gotten my hands on. It sat on my Want List forever and I finally decided to change that. I dig everything about it, down to Matty sporting number 44.

I must give a big thanks to shoeboxlegends for making me aware of this beautiful piece of cardboard's existence. Teemu is synonymous with Ducks' history and this is all sorts of amazingly awesome. Gaudy is the best word to describe it and after seeing sbl post I immediately went and added it to this batch of COMC cards.

The back is somehow more reserved despite the color and font.

Rakell! Rakell would be priority 1A for me this offseason if I was Ducks' GM, basically in a tie with Hampus Lindholm. Both are Restricted Free Agents and I only prioritize Ricky because the Ducks' have done a much better job at drafting and developing d-men over the last handful of years. Both need to be signed long-term though and I believe both will be.

I wanted to add Rakell's Young Guns RC for the nice game shot and affordability.

This card has captivated me for years. It hails from the absolutely stunning UD Masterpieces of 2008 and the canvas shot of LT -- who in my humble opinion is the greatest running back of all-time -- is a classic and unique one showcasing his passing ability. Much like the pitchers batting pictures we all love this oddball photo UD chose instantly drew me to the card.

Tomlinson could do it all, excelling not just in carrying the ball but in catching passes from the backfield and split out wide, blocking, and throwing as he was 8 for 12 in his career with 7 TD tosses.

British tobacco cards allow me the opportunity to link to one of my favorite scenes from any TV show ever. That Yorkshire card was also a COMC addition for the aforementioned shoeboxlegends although this time it's a mere coincidence we both added this pre-war tobacco card to our respective carts. I nabbed it way back on January 5th of 2015 for some reason that now eludes me and it waited patiently for me to complete my order.

Yorkshire cakes is just a funny phrase which probably explains why I liked it. That and it was a lonely dollar to purchase. A dollar of store credit earned through challenges. Basically, a what the hell buy.

The rest of this COMC batch of goodies will be written up and scanned in the upcoming weeks.

Friday, May 13, 2016

My 100th Ryan Getzlaf Auto: 2007-2008 The Cup Limited Logos Auto-Patch /50!

I recently hit a milestone in my collecting of one Ryan Getzlaf. I found a card I've been after for some time and pulled the trigger on a deal I couldn't pass up. Numbered 01/50 and featuring a gorgeous three-color patch piece with stitching in all three colors, this 2007-2008 UD The Cup Limited Logos auto-patch serves as the 100th Getzy John Hancock in card form I've acquired.

I sold a book on Half so taking into account those funds I ended up shelling out just over a blaster for this latest addition to my Captain Getzlaf PC. I routinely used to see these go for at least double if not triple that when they did on occasion pop up for auction so I'm beyond happy with my score.

Some Getzlaf collectors once upon a time questioned whether this card even existed but they've been appearing on eBay with some regularity over the last year or so. I'm just happy to finally cross this off of my needs list, do so at a reasonable cost, and achieve the milestone in the process.