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Sunday, August 20, 2017

That Time Thor Came Shooting Through The Strata-sphere and Into My Collection

I recently won an Instagram contest held by my good friend JK. The prize surprised me a bit as he's a huge, huge Mets' fan but I imagine he had an extra one that allowed him to give the below away as the prize.


I will always like Noah Syndergaard for the simple fact that he has an awesomely dope nickname: Thor. Just maybe listen to the medical staff in the future. Also, Strata is a really nice product. Tricky to scan, but aesthetically-pleasing to be sure.


When JK came into the shop to drop off Noah he opened quite a bit of 2017 Topps Chrome and was kind enough to pass along this cool Julio Urias insert to me.

Thanks as always dude!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Corey Seager: 2016 Topps Chrome RC Sapphire Edition /250, BGS 9.5!!!

This is my favorite Corey Seager card that is not signed. I actually like it better than some of the signed ones I have. 2016 Chrome is a great product and Seager is prominently found throughout it. A while back a customer came in with a box of Seager RCs. He had multiples of every one and wanted to know value as he was unable to keep them all. We chatted for a while and he wanted to thank me by allowing me to pick one card. I had no idea what this card was as I couldn't find it on Beckett but I had a feeling it was the best of the bunch which I had relayed to him. So of course, when it came time to choose my one card, I went with it. I couldn't be happier I took the risk and listened to my gut.


What a simple and fantastic card all around! This is the Sapphire parallel of Corey's 2016 Topps Chrome RC offering. It was found only in limited edition sets Topps was selling online for a ton of dough. They made just 250 of the sets, and the blue pairs oh so well with Dodger Blue.

I had my fingers crossed when I sent this in to Beckett through Penguin (thanks once again amigo) and my hopes were not dashed as this returned with quad 9.5 sub-grades. Considering how clean the cards were that the gentlemen brought in, I would have been surprised to see any flaws knock the grade down, but you just never really know until some random person decides the fate of your cardboard. Man, grading sounds insanely silly when you put it that way.

The Sapphire parallels of 2016 Chrome are some of my absolute favorite cards from recent memory. They just pop so well and the print-run is small but not so immensely small that they are unattainable, and depending on the player, they are actually pretty affordable (nabbed a Kershaw for under half a blaster).

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

LaDainian Tomlinson Enters The Hall of Fame! (So Here's A PSA/DNA Signed Mini Helmet To Celebrate!)

My favorite football player of all-time, LaDainian Tomlinson, was recently enshrined in the pro football Hall Of Fame where he rightfully belongs. I'm super biased but I've always viewed him as the best all-around back in league history. He could run any play with ease, catch passes better than any back ever, block, and could even throw the ball out of the backfield on an option play. To celebrate, here's the most recent LT item I added to my PC of the best player in Chargers' franchise history.


This beautiful signed mini helmet is authenticated by PSA/DNA as well as LaDainian's own company. A customer had brought it in to the shop to trade to my boss, who passed. The customer basically was prepared to throw it away and I told him he should give it to one of his friends who would surely appreciate it more (he's in high school). He then handed it to me and told me to keep it as he knew I'm a gigantic Tomlinson fan. I couldn't thank him enough and it definitely has a permanent and excellent place in my LT PC.


While we're here, here are the other key pieces in my Tomlinson Collection. LT is also one of the few guys I was able to complete a Pentafecta of back in the day.







Monday, August 14, 2017

Hidden In My Collection To A Quick Flip: Aaron Judge 2013 Bowman Chrome RC

A handful of weeks back I was looking for cards to send to a fellow blogger. I decided to look through just about everything I had set aside as trade bait and stumbled upon a pair of cards I had entirely forgotten about. They were tucked away for yet another blogger and after finding them I knew I needed to capitalize on a hot market and do a quick flip with these hidden gems.


Behold many dollars worth of Judge 2013 RCs sitting in a random box for years. I don't fully recall how I came to possess these in the first place, although I have an idea. If my notion is indeed the way it occurred I paid nothing for this 2013 Bowman Chrome and 2013 Bowman Draft Picks RC of the young Yankees' slugger, so the quick flip was all profit for me. I was happy with the amount I got after selling them on eBay, and those newly found funds remain in my PayPal account and will no doubt go towards something much more apropos for my collection.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Celebrating Christy Mathewson's Birthday With A 1946-47 Propaganda Montiel Cuban Baseball Card!

The one and only Christy Mathewson would be 137 today if he had not died due to complications from being gassed with mustard gas while protecting a fellow soldier during a training exercise in World War I. And, you know, if people lived to be 137.


By chance I stumbled upon this gorgeous 1946-47 Propaganda Montiel card of Mathewson and after debating for days decided to take the plunge and go for it. I was the sole bidder and more importantly the card cost me absolutely nothing out of pocket as I had some eBay Bucks and a $100 eBay gift card from SwagBucks after completing a bunch of surveys and other various tasks. Free makes everything better, always.

Mathewson, aside from being a phenomenal player and one of the first five Hall of Famers, is a fascinating guy to study. His intellect, skill at checkers, and involvement in helping to expose the Black Sox makes for a great read.

I've wanted a Cuban card for some time and had my eyes on a lesser player from the famous 1950-51 Toleteros set which features Josh Gibson's rookie. To land a Cuban card of an equally significant player and have it be from the 40s was enough motivation for me. The card is gorgeous as well which I was thrilled with as it's a condition-sensitive set; it only garnered the authentic tag as it is clearly hand-cut.



If only my years of Spanish classes had actually materialized into understanding the language. The back is clean which is not always the case with these as they were often glued into scrapbooks.

On a side note, as I mentioned I was able to accrue $100 just from doing surveys in my down time. Of course, I put that towards cardboard, and I'd recommend you guys take advantage of that opportunity. Follow this link (I would pick up some extra points as your referral) and add some sweeeeet vintage to your collections.

http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/GregZakwin