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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Hidden Rarity = eBay Steals (Archer!)

The seventh season of Archer premiered a couple of weeks ago so I know where half an hour of my Thursday nights will be spent for the next few months. I've thoroughly enjoyed collecting the 2014 Cryptozoic Archer set and my Master Set is complete. I'm filling in the edges with sketches from artists not in my collection and seeking a sketch of Ray, the last main character I need. Pickups are few and far between particularly with a lack of new stuff showing up.

I've lost a few auctions and passed on others, trying to maximize my dollars. However, when this awesome sketch of Archer's nemesis Barry Dylan popped up I knew I'd take a solid run at it. I only had one sketch of Barry's crazy ass in my collection and this particular sketch is a great example of the tremendous artwork found in the product.

I secured it for $9.70 which was enough to make me happy. I became thrilled while the card was en route as I had bid on it without knowing the artist. The seller didn't know either and if he had known and included the artist's name the card would have sold for at least 10 times as much as Dominic Prestera is one of the rare artists who also worked on the actual show as a background painter. His name comes up clearly on the scan but even in-hand and knowing where to look for his signature it's nearly impossible to see it with the naked eye.

That worked out to my benefit as the cheapest sketch of his currently on eBay is listed at a cool BIN price of $300. He is by far one of the harder artists to track down as he drew 14 sketches, give or take.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

(Zack) Wheat Wednesday: 1922 E121 American Caramel Series of 120, PSA 2.5!

I recently got a handful of cards back from PSA. They were not high-grade specimens I was looking to slab for re-sale value but rather pieces of my collection I wanted encased for better protection. They all graded out to what I expected and with my history of clumsiness I feel much better having them entombed in plastic. The first card I'll share is this awesome E121 American Caramel of Brooklyn Hall of Famer Zack Wheat.

There are a couple variations, I guess, based on some research. At the least there are different versions based on series of subjects. Something like that. This is the "Series of 120" and it's a simple shot of the Nationals' outfielder. The card came back a PSA 2.5 due to paper loss but it is without creases which is a nice bonus.

I got a very good deal on the card in raw form -- I believe around $25 or so when I bought it off eBay months ago -- so I'm really happy it didn't break the bank and has such stellar eye appeal. Eye-appealing low-grade vintage is right up my alley and I couldn't be more pleased with the newest addition to my Wheat Collection.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

2005 Bowman Chrome Refractor Auto, BGS 9/9 Auto: Matthew Ryan Kemp!

Today's post features a card that has already been posted on the blog. However, that showcased this beaut in raw form and it recently returned to me in a nice BGS slab after my good friend Dodger Penguin allowed me to submit a few cards with his batch. Grade wasn't the impetus behind sending the cards out; I simply wanted them better protected. With this being The Bison's premier rookie auto I liked the idea of slabbing it.

The card returns to the PTSIA household in a Mint 9 holder with the John Hancock also receiving a 9. The signature is a bit streaky I guess (who knows, it looks fine to me). The centering netted the worst sub-grade as an 8.5 and whomever graded the 5 cards I sent in really knocked all of them on centering, which I fully expected on one to two but not on the others.

Again, they are not cards I'm going to be moving but I do have to say that the grading seemed especially harsh on centering overall. Anyhoo, it's a wonderful upgrade to what was already a tremendous centerpiece of my Mattycakes' PC.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Collecting Padres and Blue Jays

It's a necessity if I want to keep on collecting Matt Kemp and Russell Martin, which I most certainly do. My latest cards of each both hail from 2016 Gypsy Queen.

A great design and photos of both can make me easily look past actively searching for non-Dodgers' cards.

Thanks Mike, as always!

Friday, April 15, 2016

In Which I Surpass 450 Unique Matt Kemp Cards (With 4 New Autos!)

Here are the final four cards to enter my collection from that large purchase I made in 2015 off of my good friend Alex from Chavez Ravining. I was able to add four new Matt Kemp John Hancocks to my PC and those four push my collection of the former Dodger great to over 450 unique cards with 67 sigs of the current Padre!

We'll begin with 2007 Topps Co-Signers and this dual auto of The Bison with former Dodger outfielder Franklin Gutierrez. The design is solid and I can live with the sticker-graph. Early Mattycakes' autographs are always welcome in my collection.

From the same set comes Kemp and Chris Iannetta. I liked Iannetta as a sneaky fantasy guy back in the day and thought he should have been better than he ended up being, especially at a position where offense and plate discipline are lacking.

This beauty is from 2007 Topps Moments & Milestones which had about a billion 1/1s if memory serves. I already have the Black /40 parallel of this Matty signature so adding the base is pretty cool.

Finally we have the sticker dump that was 2012 Upper Deck SP Signature Edition Baseball. It's not the worst design ever but I'm damn sure happy I didn't have to chase this card.

Thanks a bunch again Alex!