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Thursday, April 9, 2020

My First Big O Auto!

Here's a most random addition to my collection but a really cool one. I was visiting my old job one day last year when I semi-regular high roller came in. He's that guy who could drop a couple grand without blinking. He's also the guy who would do that and only take the hits. On that day he did just that and everything else was up for grabs. Much to my surprise and delight this was something he left behind:


I don't know if he simply did not realize this was left behind or didn't care enough to take it but I was more than pleased to end up with the scraps. Hailing from 2018 Donruss and the Hall Dominator subset is this beautiful Oscar Robertson signature, numbered 14/25. Big O has such an aesthetically-pleasing auto that I wanted it protected so I sent it in to work and it came back in a spiffy PSA 9 slab.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Wander Franco Addition: 2019 Bowman Chrome Prospects RC, Slabbed a PSA 10!

I showcased a couple of Wander Franco cards towards the end of last year that I picked up for free and sent in to work to get slabbed. Here is the third of that group and the best of the modest bunch. It also arrived back in my hands as a PSA 10 and while none are super high-value I'm happy to have a small collection brewing of baseball's best prospect.


From the 2019 Bowman Chrome Prospects set, this is likely the last card of the future face of the Tampa Bay Rays' franchise I'll be acquiring any time soon.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Anthony Rizzo Pickup: 2011 Topps Update RC Diamond Anniversary, PSA 10

Another card back from a recent submission at work and this time it's of a player I do not collect. However it is from a now-iconic set loaded with some really good players beyond the obvious, and while I don't collect the player, I've come to appreciate him more from his time on my fantasy team last year.


I paid nothing for this card years ago and for $8 to grade it, it was well worth it whether it came back a 10 or not. The fact that this 2011 Topps Update Diamond Anniversary parallel of Anthony Rizzo did yield a 10 is just icing on the cake.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Corey Seager Gypsy Queen Auto: PSA 10

I have not posted a new Corey Seager card in ages but all this downtime has me going through my stack of to-post cards and Seager felt like the right guy to kick things off with. I picked this card up raw from eBay quite a while ago and sent it in to work late last year or so. It came back and much to my delight graded out well.


From the 2017 Gypsy Queen set, this beautiful on-card graph is the Missing Blackplate variant. Seager is still one of my favorites and when a good deal/cool card presents itself it still catches my attention and sometimes even my wallet.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

(Zack) Wheat Wednesday: 1909-13 M101-2 Sporting News Supplements, PSA 1!

With the addition of the jumbo holders PSA now has to encapsulate very large items a whole new world of possibilities has opened up for what can and can not be slabbed. I dug into my collection and pulled out something I had acquired long ago but never posted as it was more difficult to display raw.


This absolutely gorgeous 1909-13 M101-2 Sporting News Supplements of my main man Zack Wheat was an eBay acquisition way back when. It had been stashed for so long I honestly don't remember when I bought it or what I paid, although I'm sure it wasn't much more than $20-35. Once we introduced these large slabs at work I knew I wanted to get this bad boy protected and properly displayed. My Wheat is still the only one we've authenticated and graded as of my fingers typing this in early February which is kind of cool to think about.