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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.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

(Zack) Wheat Wednesday: A Nice T206 Tolstoi Back Addition, PSA 3.5!

Earlier this year I spotted a sweet Zack Wheat I didn't have in an auction house's upcoming auction. I decided to make a run for it knowing the auction house allowed for pickup, figuring that saving on shipping and insurance gave me a little wiggle room to put in a larger bid. While I forgot about the buyer's premium (because I'm an idiot, you see) I was still happy with the final price on the below beaut.

Here's my fourth Zack Wheat T206 in a back-run I will likely never complete. Tolstoi is a tougher back and certainly a more popular one so I knew it wouldn't be as cheap as I was hoping for but it's a really presentable 3.5 and a welcome addition.

Monday, November 11, 2019

2019 National Convention Purchase # 1: Grover Cleveland Alexander 1921 Exhibits, Slabbed a BVG 2!

Here's purchase one from the 2019 National that has been over for weeks.This was actually the last thing I bought after I spotted this card on the final day of the show. I knew it was a player I did not own anything of and after quite a bit of negotiation I was able to land the newest addition to my Vintage PC for a fair enough price.

Alexander was a corn shucker in his formative years; helped the Cardinals win the World Series in 1926; fought in World War I where he suffered injuries that contributed to epilepsy; and has ties to two Presidents, being named after the 22nd and 24th Presidents and being portrayed by future President Ronald Reagan in a movie based on his life.

Here's the back complete with a stamp from a previous owner of the Exhibit, a Mr. Kevin J. Kenney. I like anything that doesn't take away from the presentability (not a word, I know....) of a card while lowering it's technical grade as that helps keep the card affordable. This cool back stamp fits that bill perfectly.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Corey Seager 2017 Topps Gold Label Framed Autograph, Red Parallel, #'d 5/5 (BGS 9.5-10 AU)

Today's scan does not do today's card any amount of justice as is often the case with cards in Beckett slabs. I couldn't resist the below when it stayed well within my range on eBay one day and it's the newest addition to my Corey Seager PC.

Numbered 5/5 (with Seager's jersey number being 5....an extra and added bonus) is this beautiful 2017 Topps Gold Label Red Parallel Framed Autograph, slabbed a BGS 9.5/10 Auto. Pre-injuries this would have been maybe twice as much as what I paid and I was more than happy to pick it up at a nice discount.