Saturday, April 19, 2014

What eBay Hath Wrought 69: The Great Bo Jackson Box Loader Autograph Exchange Part 3 (of 3)

Here is the final item I got from selling the Bo Jackson Box Loader autograph I pulled from 2014 Topps Heritage. Previously I showed off the other two parts, a 162-card lot of 2014 Topps Opening Day Blue parallels and a redemption for a 2014 Topps Museum Collection triple relic autograph of Bo Jackson. Finally, I was able to grab this Purple Ice parallel for my 2013 Bowman Josh Reddick rainbow. You don't see a lot of these out there, but I was able to snap this one up.

My copy is numbered # 04 / 10. I haven't done an updated roll-up of this particular rainbow in quite some time, but you can see most of the progress on this post here. I have since added an Orange Refractor, the Red Ice parallel, an X-Fractor, and now this Purple Ice parallel. I think that make 19 cards total in this rainbow so far. Pretty cool stuff!

I feel like I got a pretty good return for my Bo Jackson autograph redemption card. I still managed to get a Bo Jackson autograph out of the deal, as well as almost 3/4 of the Opening Day Blue parallel set and a nice hit for my Josh Reddick rainbow.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Taking a 'Saki Break

I can't believe I hadn't read this blog post from Sports Illustrated's Extra Mustard before. I must not be a true fan. They also posted some new Kawasaki material today. Go look at it. It'll make for a good Friday. 

Speaking of the Blue Jays, I thought R.A. Dickey was going to get through his start yesterday without too much damage. Then the 5th inning happened. Dang it all to heck. The Astros are no good. The Blue Jays can't get it done. At least Oakland is doing all right. If you have enough favorite teams, one of them is bound to be doing well at any given time. If this paragraph is getting you down, go back and look at some of that Kawasaki stuff.

What eBay Hath Wrought 68: The Great Bo Jackson Box Loader Autograph Exchange Part 2 (of 3)

Here I am again with the second part of the series on what I got in exchange for the Bo Jackson box loader autograph I pulled from 2014 Topps Heritage. One of the things on my list was to replace the autograph with another Bo Jackson auto, and I was able to find this redemption card for a Bo Jackson Triple Relic Autograph from 2014 Topps Museum Collection. But that's not the whole story.

You see, prior to all of this I had purchased a Toronto Blue Jays slot in a case break of 2014 Topps Museum Collection. I paid my fee and logged in to the video feed at the appointed hour, but all that showed was a blank screen. I waited a few minutes, and many of the participants started to discuss the lack of video or sound in the chat window. About ten minutes after the scheduled start time, the person running the box break noticed the chat traffic and lamented that they had already opened three boxes of product. The other participants got quite hostile and called shenanigans, making the point that with the video malfunction it would be impossible to know if the seller was on the level when shipping out the hits. The seller got flustered, the chatters questioned her heritage and integrity, and the anonymity of the internet let everyone feel free to pile on insults and threats. Within a few minutes, though, the seller had issued refunds and aside from missing out on the case break everyone was at least restored back to their original state.

A couple of days later I checked the same seller's list of items for sale and found this Bo Jackson card among the listings. I also saw that there were no Blue Jays hits among the listings, so I dodged a bullet there through the case breaker's ineptitude. So whoever ponied up for the Royals team slot missed out on this opportunity to have a Bo Jackson redemption sit in their queue for a few months before (hopefully) receiving a card similar to the Mike Olt shown below. It has advantages and drawbacks when compared to the Heritage autograph. On the positive side, I like the design well enough, with an actual player photo instead of an embossed metallic headshot. Also, this one contains a few pieces of memorabilia. The drawbacks are that the print run is much higher on these cards and that the autographs all appear to be stickers instead of on-card. Given all of the other things I was able to add to my cart in addition to this card, though, I am willing to live with those differences. I just hope it doesn't take too long for Topps to fill the redemption. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

What eBay Hath Wrought 67: The Great Bo Jackson Box Loader Autograph Exchange Part 1 (of 3)

You may recall that I pulled the above card from a box of 2014 Topps Heritage. It is a pretty cool prize, and quite limited (either # /10 or # / 20, depending on where you look) and the signatures are on-card rather than stickers, but the design of the box loader autographs leaves me a bit cold. The embossed portraits just don't quite do it for me.

So I decided after a bit of internal debate to sell it and see what I could get in return for it (plus a blaster's worth of eBay Bucks I had in my account). This is the first part in a three-part series, and is the largest portion of the eBay trade I worked out.

I had looked at buying a full set of this year's Opening Day Blue parallels, but I was able to get this lot of 162 cards from the set for a relative steal. I ordered most of the rest of the set from, and I think that brings me down to five cards needed for the set at a significantly lower price than full sets are going for. Normally I don't think I would be able to do such a thing, but this lot went really cheap and contained many of the bigger stars, like Puig, Jeter, Harper, Kershaw, and Rivera.

After accounting for the going rate for six or seven individual star cards, the other 155 cards basically came to me for free. At least according to 'collector math.' These cards are beautiful. I might just put them in a binder with last year's Opening Day blue parallels and stare at them all for hours. If R.A. Dickey's base card in Series 2 looks like his Opening Day card, I will probably try to collect the rainbow. Josh Reddick's card isn't amazing in this set like it was last year, so I probably won't be chasing the rainbow for it.

Anyway, here are a whole bunch of scans:

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What eBay Hath Wrought 66: Acetate Press Pass Showroom

I couldn't come up with a catchy name for this post, but these cards have been sitting in my draft queue for way too long. I am pretty sure they are made of clear acetate, but I couldn't locate them this evening to make sure. Part of the reorganizing process was to take all the cards out of the 5000-count boxes and pile them up on my desk in wobbly, precarious piles. As cards get sorted and cataloged, they get put back into the boxes by set. But the uncataloged cards exist in a nebulous between-state that is quite prone to being knocked over and scattered, generally in the hard-to-reach zone behind the desk, where recovery efforts usually result in further cardboard avalanches. But someday I will locate these two cards again and verify the materials used to construct them.

I think that top silver card is the base version, and the one on bottom is a gold parallel. The checklist for 2012 Press Pass Showcase tells me that the only other regular Showroom card is a Melting parallel that is a 1 / 1. There are also Memorabilia variations that are numbered out of # / 99, # / 50, and # / 5. All of them are priced out of my current personal range, if they are even available. These are pretty cool cards, and I always like seeing the actual cars on trading cards.

Danica has been having a pretty rough season so far in 2014, but not appreciably worse than other folks in her tier, that being the crowd of drivers who dwell week-to-week in the 20th-25th place range. She's had a couple of Top 20 finishes and a couple of runs at the back of the pack, but I don't know if she will put it all together this year. She is currently 29th in the point standings. It's too bad for me that her card prices don't necessarily track with her race finishes. It can be hard to find bargains for this particular player collection.

My other favorite drivers, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart, have been having different years. Dale Jr. has been running really well, finishing in the top few repeatedly. I think he is currently 4th in the points standings. Tony Stewart has been up and down, with some pretty bad finishes and some Top 10 finishes. I think he is currently 12th in points. It would be nice to see Dale Jr. compete for and win a Championship this year. There's still a lot of racing to go, though, so we will see what happens.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Seeking Redemption 4: R. A. Dickey Tribute Blue Autograph

I guess I just won't learn my lesson. This is my 7th redemption card entered on the Topps site, and I have yet to receive any actual items back from them. Five of the seven redemptions I have in the system are for R.A. Dickey autos and relics, so hopefully he will get them all taken care of at once and I will get a big package full of goodies all at once. My other redemption cards are for a Frank Robinson # / 10 from 2013 Archives and a Real Heavy Metal Autograph # / 25 of Reb Beach. I don't know what the odds are of those being fulfilled, but I would sure like to run a Seeking Redemption post some day that features an actual relic or autograph instead of the all-too-familiar blue Congratulations! card.

Monday, April 14, 2014

What eBay Hath Wrought 65: My Giant

At some point during the process of getting my cards ready for sorting and cataloging, I bumped into this set of die-cut Stadium Club cards. Each card has either the team city or team name die-cut into the edge of the card, and once you get both cards for the given team the words fit together to spell out the full team name. I don't know who the other Washington Bullet is who matches up with Gheorghe Muresan, but that doesn't matter much. I wanted this card. I also wanted a Hakeem Olajuwon version of this card, but Topps decided to use Clyde Drexler and Charles Barkley to represent the Houston Rockets in this set. Boo!

Also included in this lot were some other Muresan cards. I am not too familiar with Stadium Club and the associated parallels, but a couple of these appear to belong to some sort of parallel set called Members Only. I will have to figure it out eventually when I put my Gheorghe Muresan cards into Zistle. For now it is enough to know that I have four new Muresan cards in my collection.