Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Night Owl brings home the bacon (And the Alston)

Last post went with ham, this time I mixed it up.  Maybe next time I'll make a pork shoulder joke or something?

Anyways, the great Night Owl sent me some cards recently in return for some goodies I sent him.  I didn't really send him the stuff intending for a trade...it was very much more a gesture of
because he's definitely one of the best in the card blogging world.  

But he sent me some stuff anyways because he's cool like that, so as I tend to do, let me show ya'll SOME CARDS!

We start with the Hambones, both of the 2015 variety:
I gotta say, I really like 2015 Topps, even if it is kind of silly that Billy got an All Star parallel.  I love this rendition of the Rookie Cup most, the colors all work together, and the stats on the back have WAR, which is neat.  All around a great card.  The New Age card is pretty excellent too, even if I am fairly certain that's a Billy Hamilton pop up to third base (If the kid could just learn to hit the ball down consistently he'd really be something...instead it's all infield flies and what not.  Shame shame.

Owl also sent me a ton of another CF, who regardless of Hamilton's career path will likely always be considered the better of the two: Ken Griffey Jr.

I LOVE this first card
96-98 Collector's Choice, that's my bag.  I love the colors on this thing, and how the eye black really pops.

A few early 90's entries from Leaf and Donruss:
1992 Donruss has always been a really weird set to me.  It's the blue bars.  I'm not sure if it'd be better or worse if the bars switched colors depending on the team.

1991 Donruss, on the other hand, has one of my favorite Griffeys of all time:
I think it was equal parts the colors working, the yellow bars on the right and the field fencing working, the old school M's logo, and Griffey's sweet stance that made this card so awesome to a young me.  This was easily a top 3 Griffey card in my collection as a 10 year old in the mid 90's.  I still think it's just as cool today, maybe even cooler with the slanty early 90's-tastic name plate and position at the bottom.  I feel like this could have been a New Kids on the Block card in another life, but in the best way possible.

Owl sent a few more Topps card to add to my baseball PCs too, specifically a yellow Brayan Peña and a Heritage Choo:
Yellow is kind of a ghastly border color for a card, but I'm mesmerized by it here and kind of really love it.  As for the Choo, how can you not love Choo?  I mean...yeah he's not living up to his contract right now, so I suppose some Rangers fans could have a beef, but he seems like an awesome guy having an awesome time most all of the time on the diamond.  And I can get behind that!

Night Owl snuck in a few football cards in this package too, and they may be, even with all the other greatness, the coolest cards in the box.  First we have a beautiful die cut card of Priest Holmes in his Ravens regalia:
It's sort of like Wave of the Future means Crown Royale, which I could get into as a set idea!

This last card is a set idea that everyone can get behind though, as it comes from Bowman Chrome.  This one is especially nice, as it's a Chrome Gold Refractor, numbered to just 99 copies, of Corey Alston:
I recently mentioned how my Corey Alston collection is the bomb diggity thanks to me obtaining the only 1/1 the guy ever had, and this card cements that spot even tighter as easily the 2nd best card in the whole collection now.  Overall I'm at 10/14 cards total, with just two Pacific Impressions parallels and two Bowman parallels to grab.  But someday, they will be mine.


Thanks for getting me one step closer Night Owl!

Monday, August 31, 2015

COMC helps me go H.A.M.(ilton) on the trade front

(I don't know how many of you out there are connoisseurs of "the rap game," but the title reference comes from this lovely duet by Kanye Omari West and Shawn Corey Carter: 

I've gotten really, REALLY used to getting all my PC stuff on COMC.  So used to it that I hate spending real money anywhere else.  I mean obviously I frequent Ebay a little...I gotta get my Seneca Wallace fix now and again...but in general I do all my buying with COMC credit.  Heck I'd buy my milk, bread, and gas there too if they had those in stock.

So when a guy on Blowout recently mentioned that he saw I collected Billy Hamilton, my first thought was "Crap" (Well, it was less PC than that, it started with F and rhymed with "duck").  I had no desire to buy this card outright.  And I don't really have anything trade worthy in my trade piles these days.  So how could I acquire this card when I was so addicted to spending just COMC credit?

The answer?  Trade through COMC.  I offered to buy him similar value on COMC and then send him those cards.  He was a little confused at first (understandably) but then picked two autos he liked and the trade was on.  I bought them and sent to him...and in return the guy went H.A.M. on my collection - Billy Ham (ilton) that is:
Ain't it a beaut?  And a serial numbered rookie card to boot!  I love it.

Here's the back..it's numbered 50/60:
I love the little write up here, and it's awesome seeing Billy's first major league stats as the only stats on a card.  He hit the MLB running (literally) and put up stats so amazing that expectations for his play were set through the roof.  Of course he hasn't come close to those expectations since, but it's still cool to remember how strong he was that September several years ago.

The Blowout guy also added a second card to the package for funzies - it's a Chrome RC of Devin Mesoraco:
I actually really like Mesoraco even though I collect his backup/injury replacement.  I like Mesoraco so much that I kept him in fantasy this past offseason, hoping for 25-30 HR and a decent average.  Instead he got hurt, flirted with playing DH or the OF for like 3 months (when he should have just been shut down and allowed to heal), and then finally went on the 60 day DL where he resides today.  I still think he'll be a sneaky good pick in fantasy leagues next year, although hip injuries can be tough to work through.  Best luck to him either way.

So thus ends my first true COMC trade - stay tuned in coming days for more Billy Hamilton and other athletic center fielders!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Ebay one upping finally comes to an end in this grand finale, as a long lost card comes home

So I've been finding rare cards of my top two PCs left and right on Ebay recently.  It's straight up ridiculous.  So imagine my surprise when a trio of cards /10 show up on Ebay, with one being one I need for the Seneca Wallace collection.

Even after all the luck I've had recently, my reaction was like


So I threw in a nibble bit when I found it to ensure it stuck around and make sure I remembered it.

Then there was another bid.

A day later...another bid.

With hours to go there were like 5 bidders involved, and it was already at $6, with me losing.  I was...a little worried.  I actually emailed the seller to say, "Hey, if I lose, let the winner know I'll pay him for the Seneca."  The seller agreed to do so.

With an hour left, the card was at $8.  All this tension was all too much!  So with 30 seconds left, I went crazy and bid $35.  Just in case.

Final price: $9.50.  Even when people are bidding like crazy for a Seneca Wallace auction, they can only bid so much I suppose.  Besides crazy me anyways.

The first card in the auction, which I almost immediately sold because I have zero interest, was a Mike Williams one color jersey #'d 6/10.  Definitely not a bad little pickup, but clearly the third best card in the lot.

The second best card is the second rarest jersey card of Dave Ragone's from 2003 Sage.  Each player had a Master Jersey 1/1, with Platinum /10 being the next highest.  This one is 2/10, and contains a 4 color jersey - it looks amazing:
I know Dave Ragone probably does little for most people, but my littlest brother and I regarded him highly as David Carr's backup with the Texans.  He was on a lot of Madden teams as a backup back in the day.  He's also a lefty, so if I ever do start a left handed throwing QB collection, this would be one heck of a card to start with.  All around, this is one awesome "freebie" card since I would've happily paid $9.50 for the best card in the lot by itself.

That best card?  Oh it's just the Platinum parallel of Seneca Wallace, #'d 4/10:
It's barely BARELY a three color, but it's there.  There's a bit of blue cloth on the left notch of the circle, and then there's red under the yellow that shows through in a few places.  Very cool.

The story, for me, is even better.  I used to have some pretty epic stories about tracking cards down through weird websites and the like, and in those searches I actually DID track this card down once upon a time.  I found a website, in 2009, from like 2006, with this card pictured.  Same exact card.  I messaged the guy with a hope and a prayer, and he said, if he could find it, it'd be mine for $25.  I agreed, but he never found it, and so I sadly went on my way.

In 2011, another /10 popped up, this one being 2/10.  It was priced at $249.99, and it was an obvious fake patch, the only fake patch I've ever seen in a Seneca card.  I mean...look at this hack job:

Sage doesn't really do tag patches, and Iowa State was made by Russell, not Adidas, so this patch did not stand up to any scrutiny whatsoever.  I talked to the seller about it (he stood by the card being pack pulled) and said I could have it for like $150.  I told him I was thinking more like $15 since technically everything around the patch is still the legit card...but obviously we did not come to an agreement and I left knowing there were a max of 9 of 10 legit Platinums out there.

And then, a few weeks ago, in 2015, 4/10 re-emerged.  I don't know where it went for its 6-9 year vacation, but I'm glad this card finally made its way back to me.  I don't expect to find the Master Jersey (or player proof /20) jerseys for a while, if ever, so this may be the end of my Seneca Sage Jersey journey.  But if that's the case, it's been a great ride, and I'm glad I was able to get such an awesome card for my collection after such a long wait.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

One of the biggest Ebay buys I've ever found! Three never before seen PC cards IN ONE PACKAGE!

So I mentioned that the Stith auto was a teaser, and it's been a few days of waiting, so it's time now to show you what you've all been waiting for...one of my biggest Ebay buys IN YEARS!

Here goes...
Okay, the focal point isn't this DeMarcus Cousins.  But he was part of the package, as I found a seller with lots of cool stuff who also provided free shipping for each subsequent card you bought.  This is a card I threw in when I realized I won the 3 cards below it - a $0.14 bid was enough to grab it, and I'll take a shiny Cousins for 14 cents!

But the big purchases were the other 3 cards.  Continuing on to the 3rd best card of the package, which is in a weird zone between mother of mercy awesome and at least PC relevant (because I do collect the guy), is this dual relic card of J.R. Redmond:
This is the start of cards I've never seen before, though it's certainly the least rare given that it's not even numbered.  That said, I like the simplicity of the x design, and I think the two relic pieces look really cool together.  It's nice to add a fairly unique little relic to my budding J.R. Redmond PC!

So that brings us to the two most amazing cards in the package/the two most amazing cards that have come in the mail to me in a while.  The first, which would've been near the top of my top 10 want list if I had one in my sidebar, is a Shyrone Stith three color patch from Pacific Private Stock /100:
Stith only has two jersey cards - the base version of this and this patch version /100.  I have never seen a 2 color jersey in the base version, so I figured my only hope for a 2+ color jersey piece of Stith was the patch card.  And lo and behold, the first one I ever see has a gorgeous 3 color patch in it.  Simply an unbelievable card - one that I thought would take years for me to find given Stith's relative anonymity amongst football fans, so I'm pretty pumped the seller listed it!

Now that card is a huge get for my PC, especially since I love patch cards so much.  So what could possibly top that, especially since Shyrone Stith is basically the collection I focus on second most next to Seneca Wallace?

Well...how about a never before seen Seneca Wallace patch card /25?!?!?!?!
And remember, these cards were all posted by the same Ebay seller on the same day.  It's like he saw my blog, looked for a bunch or rarities of guys I collected, and then threw them all on Ebay at a cheap price.   I mean what are the odds of a rare Seneca Wallace I need AND a rare Shryone Stith I need being posted on the same day?  They can't be very high.

Anyways, the Seneca Wallace card is just...beyond words awesome.  The Sage jersey set has become one of my favorite parts of collecting Seneca (I mean look at this website's header - there's a Seneca Sage Jersey in the middle of it) and it's nice to come one step closer to completing the set.  I also love that this jersey piece has some of the blue from near the numbering in it - you see a lot of white, yellow, and red in Seneca jersey pieces, so it's good to add a little more variation to the set.

So obviously this package is simply amazing.  But in a few days I'll show off an EVEN RARER Seneca Wallace PC need that I found.  I guess when it rains, it pours...right?  What a couple of weeks it has been for my PCs...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A sign of Ebay things to come: Shyrone Stith Contenders Parallel /100

When I first won this card on Ebay, I was ecstatic about it, as I had never seen one before and it was therefore a pretty huge PC get.  But then like a week later I won a bunch of even bigger stuff (that you'll see on Thursday) and this card got pushed to the background a bit.  But it still is that awesome...so I'll give it a quick share before Thursday's amazeballs.

It's Stith's Championship Ticket parallel, #'d /100:
The weird thing about 2000 Contenders is that it always makes me think of NFL Europe.  There are a bunch of guys with NFL Europe 2000 Contenders cards, and they really stand out with non-traditional helmets where this Jaguar helmet is and a slightly more colorful left side.  Their NFL counterparts look somewhat drab in comparison, but this one still features Shyrone Stith, who is the man, along with a crisp on-card auto, so I love it.  Well done yet again Contenders!