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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Lucas Giolito Debuts With A High Ceiling

Washington Nationals' righty Lucas Giolito, one of baseball's best pitching prospects, is debuting today. It only seemed appropriate to finally post the lone hit of him I have. It was acquired via eBay probably a year ago at the least and it ran me right around $10 delivered.

This beaut which scanned in oh so well is the Green Prismatic Parallel of Giolito's High Ceiling Die-Cut Auto found in 2014 Leaf Valiant Baseball.

Monday, June 27, 2016

An Eclectic COMC Order

Here are three more cards from my first ever COMC purchase. The first portion of that purchase can be found here. These three pieces of cardboard are of the higher-end variety although they're not really all that high-end.

I love Heritage autos as you can't beat the combination of a vintage look with an on-card signature. When I stumbled upon this I knew I wanted it. I believe I made an offer on the card rather than buying it outright. Either way, $6.50 worth of COMC credit earned from challenges netted me my latest Bison PC pickup.

Another in the category of "I just can't resist" is the above Ruby Auto -- numbered 09/50 -- out of 2010-11 Dominion of my main man Ryan Getzlaf. I adore the inaugural release of Dominion and anything Getzlaf from the product is always a target. This is my 10th Ruby Parallel Auto of The Captain (20% of the print-run just sounds better).

And now for something entirely different: a beautiful VG 1956 Topps Gray Back Johnny Podres. I don't even recall why I was looking at this card the night I nabbed it for three bucks, but I do like Brooklyn cardboard and Podres is a guy every Dodgers' fan needs in his or her collection. It's one of my three favorite Johnny cards I own, along with his 1957 Topps and 1952 Parkhurst Frostade offerings.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

When Customers Leave Cards Behind....

We have had a few customers in my time at work who bust boxes only for the hits or the highest-end of the hits they could pull. They leave stuff behind -- sometimes as much as 95% of what was in the box or boxes they busted -- and occasionally my bosses let me take a card or two for myself. This is that story (insert Law & Order music here).

A brand new Matt Kemp and a new Clayton Kershaw, both hailing from 2016 Bowman. Plus a really cool Ryan Getzlaf base card from 2015-2016 Upper Deck Ice which is just a stellar product, aesthetically-speaking.

I also snagged a 2016 Bowman card of top Houston Astros' prospect Alex Bregman. I figured hey, why not; dude is on the box, after all.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Love-ing The King

I post the same card every year after the NBA Finals if whatever team LeBron James is on wins it all. I love The King and I love this card. I'm pumped they won and happy for all of Cleveland and Ohio. As a Dodgers' fan born after 1988 as well as a Chargers' fan, I can understand long droughts without winning.

I'm also a huge Kevin Love fan with UCLA being my Alma mater and having met the man once upon a time -- he was very, very nice -- so I'm thrilled to see him with a ring. He was a beast on the glass in Game 7.

Both of the above are the best card of each guy I own (both are #'d /25.)

Friday, June 17, 2016

1954 Wilson Franks, PSA 1 (MK): Roy Campanella, A True Cardboard Beauty!

A rare and tough to find vintage oddball food set? Check. A great shot of a catcher crouched down with a huge mitt and his fist ready to pound said mitt as he awaits a pitch? Check. Great color scheme? Check. Floating food? Check. My all-time favorite vintage player and one of my most enjoyable collections? Check and mate.

I quite adore that Campy appears to have a thought bubble of hot dogs appearing out of thin air. These oddball cards are usually tough to track down and you have to jump on them when they appear as months and even years can go by without one popping its head out into the collecting world.

They are even tougher when they come in a food product like hot dogs which doesn't exactly lend itself to keeping the card anywhere near pristine. Low-grade is really what works best for my budget at this time in my life and as a general rule the most important thing for me is owning the card, not owning a gorgeous copy of it unless I can somehow find one at an absolute steal.

At the time I purchased this beaut it was one of the pricier cards I had ever acquired but I couldn't be happier with it and shelling out the cash was an easy decision. I bought the card raw (see, it took this long for a hot dog pun!) and sent it in to PSA through work knowing it would get a 1, but I needed it in a holder nevertheless for protective reasons alone.

It's hard to see on the scan but the back has relatively faint writing on it which garnered the MK notation on that PR 1 grade. It looks like somebody signed their name on the back or attempted to sign their version of Roy's name.

Here's the aforementioned back which details Roy's MVP awards up until this point and various other exploits. The previous year's statistics as well as lifetime stats up through 1953 are given, and I really really love the black background at the top surrounding Roy's name, position, and team. An overall simple yet exceptionally well-done and fitting card back.