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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

I Didn't Forget About The Sloan Contest

I still need to random a winner of the Jerry Sloan card from the end of October, it's just been a super busy few weeks. I will jump on it after the Thanksgiving holiday....appreciate everyone's patience!

Enjoy your Turkey!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

My First Wander Franco Cards

On one of my monthly trips back to Los Angeles I swung by my old job and watched a customer bust a number of boxes. As was usually the case when I was working there he took the hits only and left all of the base for anyone to pick through. I found a couple cards I was definitely more than happy to snag for free and submitted both for slabbing.

The first card was this 2019 Bowman Paper Prospects card of the best prospect in all of baseball, Mr. Wander Franco. It came back as a 10 and as I won't be dipping my toes into the deeper end of the Wander spectrum, this base rookie is plenty good enough for me.

What's better than one Wander card in a PSA 10 holder? Why, two PSA 10 Wanders, of course. Here's the 2019 Bowman Sterling Continuity offering of Wander's. There is most certainly a lot going on with this design, to say the least.

Monday, November 18, 2019

The Crown Jewel of My Roberto Clemente Collection: 1966 Kahn's Wieners Hand-Cut PSA Authentic!

My Roberto Clemente Collection is modest and there are plenty of more important/sought-after cards to chase but the below is by far my favorite Roberto that I own. I found this ages ago while cleaning at my old job at the card shop. I set it aside and there it sat for a long time before I finally asked my ex-boss to send it in to grade so we could better determine value and what I would dish out for it.

I love literally everything about the card: the yellow border; simple posed batting stance shot of the former Dodger farmhand; the facsimile auto; and last but not least the Spring Training background.

It ended up grading as I expected it would, Authentic only due to the obvious hand-cut being what you usually see with hand-cut cards....not perfect and janky. It came home with me on a recent trip back to Los Angeles and I couldn't be happier with the newest piece of my overall vintage collection.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

A Most Beautiful Clayton Kershaw Card: 2016 Topps Chrome Sapphire, PSA 10!

Here's a cool Clayton Kershaw card that recently returned from a PSA submission.

I have the Corey Seager card from the same 2016 Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition set and it inspired me to grab Kid K. It's a most welcome addition to my Clayton PC.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

2019 National Convention Purchase # 2: Howie Camnitz T206 Piedmont, SGC 30 (Double-Name)!

Here is the second of my four purchases at the 2019 National Convention in Chicago -- technically Rosemont -- only three months or so after the actual show took place. It was the first National I was able to attend and while work was really busy I was able to find some time to walk the floor. It was incredible and overwhelming at the same time and I can't wait to attend the 2020 show in Atlantic City and add a few more things to my collection.

There was so much to take in that I'm sure I missed some killer stuff but I was as thorough as I could be with the time I had to check out the tables. Tuesday while setup was occurring was the best day by far to walk because there was no work to be done so I had all the freedom in the world. The first card I nabbed was the above Howie Camnitz T206. It's the Arms at Side variation with a Piedmont back, slabbed an SGC 30.

Most importantly, it has a Double-Name. That's what attracted me to the card in the vendor's showcase and I was willing to pay full-price but he actually gave me a discount without even asking, which was unexpected and appreciated. I could have bought him out with enough time....oh, and money. That thing too.

It's another welcome addition to my growing T206 Collection.