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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

My First Matt Kemp Braves' Card

A customer brought back most of a box of 2017 Topps Series 1 he purchased from us and told me to do whatever I wanted with the box of base cards. I've given half of the box away already to kids but I couldn't resist asking my boss if he'd let me keep one card. He obliged and I now have my first card of Matt Kemp as a Brave.

I didn't realize until scanning it in that it's a League Leaders card so I suppose there will be another Kemp to add to the collection once Series 2 drops later this year. A classic shot of Matty is much appreciated, and I do like the colorful backs (a little Dodger Blue, perhaps....).

I'm okay with the design of the front. Not in love with it, but it could be worse. I always, always, always prefer full-bleed photography though.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Grip O' Ginter From Mike (2016)

A long overdue thanks goes out to my good friend and coworker Mike who hooked me up with a ton of 2016 Allen & Ginter base and SP needs, as well as a nice start on two of the insert sets I'll be working on. I'm too lazy to figure an exact count but the stack of cards is nearly as tall as my iPhone.

Thanks as always for your generosity Mike!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Corey Seager: 2013 Bowman Inception Prospect Orange Auto /50, BGS 8.5

Here's another BGS return from way back when. Thanks, as always, to the fantastic Dodger Penguin for letting me submit through him. Today's card was acquired in a trade with The Daily Dimwit back in 2014. I redeemed it and Topps sent it to me later that year.

Damn Inception and its oh so tricky corner issues. I had hopes this 2013 Bowman Inception Orange Auto, #'d 03/50, of Corey Seager would at least 9 but some corner damage sunk it to an 8.5 with a 10 signature. While 8.5's are not ideal the card does hold sentimental value to me as I always appreciate people trading me cool stuff. Also, Seager autos are always tremendous. I may try and snag another down the road but whether that happens or not I'm happy to have this John Hancock in my #ManBearSeag PC.

Monday, January 30, 2017

1951 Laval Dairy QSHL: Dick Wray PSA 6

My boss and I found a pair of unique cards floating around the store a while back. They were sent off to PSA and I came to find they hailed from the 1951 Laval Dairy QSHL set. They happened to be probably the two best to find as we unearthed a Jacques Plante and a Jean Beliveau. I would love to one day add the Plante to my vintage collection but unfortunately spending a lot of money on one right now is not in the cards. The cheapest I've ever seen sold months ago on eBay before I decided I wanted one in my PC.

I went to eBay to track down a cheap one and landed on this Dick Wray offering, slabbed a PSA 6. Just over half a blaster was right up my alley and the card already being graded played a huge factor in choosing Wray as these blank-backed beauties are not my forte and I wanted to ensure I bought a real one. Also, I've long held the theory that most athletes in the 50s and 60s and earlier were named Dick, so this only served to reaffirm my theory.

Monday, January 23, 2017

2016 Heritage Minors: Alex Verdugo

A quick one card post today on a card I received from my good buddy JK.

He broke a box of 2016 Heritage Minors in-store and passed along this cool card of top Dodger prospect Alex Verdugo. Thanks dude!