Let’s Help One of Our Own

Many in the hobby refer to it as a community or family.  I subscribe to this, as I have met some wonderful people because I collect sports cards.  I hope that you feel the same and that’s why I am writing this post.

Many of you know Rich Klein.  He’s been a part of the hobby for decades.  He’s worked for Beckett, works for COMC now, writes at SABR Baseball Cards and I believe has written for Sports Collectors Daily.  I’m sure that there’s more that I know of, but they are slipping my mind at 10 p.m. on a Sunday night.

I’m not going to share anything too personal, as I am posting this without him asking or even knowing.  He would never ask anyone to post something on his behalf.  His wife Dena recently spent a week in the hospital due to complications with a disease.  The have a Go Fund Me page to help with various medical expenses and I’m asking people in the hobby to step up and help out one of our own.

I’m not asking you to send $100.  Imagine what $5 per person that reads this could do.  That’s basically a pack or two of cards, depending on your tastes and budget.  Maybe instead of that blaster you think about buying on your next Walmart or Target run, what about helping out someone out and throw that $20 to help with someone’s medical expenses?  Reverse the roles.  How thankful would you be?

From Dena’s Go Fund Me page:

My name is Dena Medwed Klein and I have been struggling with a disease called focal segmented glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) for many years, which has caused chronic kidney failure. I have recently been placed on the kidney transplant list, and am currently trying to find a living kidney donor. Until I get a donor, I will be on dialysis .
My special-education aide salary doesn’t allow for much savings, and neither does my husband’s job. The money will help cover my time off work, the life-long medications that I will be taking, and the expenses that insurance won’t cover (both for dialysis and when I can eventually have the transplant). I have worked in special education for over 15 years and want to continue helping my students succeed.
In addition, if you are interested in being tested to be a match for a kidney donation, either check my Facebook page or go to http://livingdonordallas.org . I do not know exactly when dialysis will begin, but the doctors and I are hopeful that a living donor will be available soon. I am grateful for everyone in my life, and appreciate each and every one of you.
Every day is a blessing and I will continue to live each day to its fullest. Thank you for being a part of my life and for all of your support.

What do you say, card family?  Can we help out just a little?  I think we can and hope we do.   If you’re willing and able to help, you can click here or below to take you to the link.  I know that Rich and Dena will appreciate any amount that anyone can donate.

Dena’s Kidney Fund

Happy collecting!

-kin

Buying Cards on the Cheap

Recently I sort of stumbled upon a new way to buy cards cheaply on eBay. How cheap? For less than the price of a postage stamp in most cases and I didn’t  even have to leave the house!

If you’re in a similar situation (my closest card shop is about an hour away), you’ve probably explored new ways to purchase cards in a cost-effective manor. In my explorations, I began purchasing cards of Bryce Harper for my personal collection for $.99 with free shipping using the Buy It Now option. Then one day I thought I’d take a shot at some auctions that a seller had started at a penny but these also had the perk of free shipping. So, I bid $1 thinking that in a worst-case scenario I wouldn’t be paying anymore than normal but there would a chance of me saving a few cents if I won the card  for less than my $1 bid. 

As luck would have it, I won one of the auctions for less than $1. I don’t remember the exact price but this buying method struck a nerve. 

For whatever reason I stopped using this method for a little while. However, I’ve recently started using this again and I’ve expanded my searches to include other players I collect such as Frank Thomas, Brooks Robinson, and Manny Machado. 

It’s working, too! I’ve been able to get a few steals and I’m loving it!

Here are some of my recent purchases:

Bryce Harper: 35 cents

Manny Machado: 38 cents

Brooks Robinson: 17 cents

Frank Thomas: 30 cents

I was able to get all four of these cards delivered to my house for $1.20! That’s a bargain for any card collector with the way the card shops have dried up. 

Give this method a whirl. I’m sure you’ll get a few bargains here and there. 

An Uncharacteristic Addition: Non-Sport Autograph Purchase

***This post was written by Richard Hardy.  You can follow him on Twitter at @BossHardy202***

Anyone who knows me, knows I mainly collect Pittsburgh sports items, Daryl Richardson cards, and vintage. Lots of vintage. A few weeks back, however, I surprised myself by stepping out of my comfort zone and making an instinctive purchase (after a little bit of research). As I was scrolling through my Twitter feed, I happened upon a sales post for an item I would never have guessed I’d want. When I read what it was, though, I was instantly interested. An autograph from Langston Hughes; a famous poet and social activist, among many other things. Hughes was a very influential individual for American culture, during an extremely racially-charged time in history. The signed piece was framed with a typed letter by Hughes and came with a PSA/DNA certificate of authenticity. I immediately started negotiating with the seller, still blown away from finding it. After coming to a price the seller and I could both live with, the agonizing wait was on. The wait was worth it to own such a great item.

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A Bear of a Mail Day from Topps

If you don’t follow Blowout Buzz on Twitter, you should.  Their giveaways are real and this post is courtesy of them.  I won a Kris Bryant redemption months ago from them.  They are completely on the up-and-up.

Monday I tweeted asking how long it should actually take for Topps to send out live cards.  I had looked to see if my item had shipped and it hadn’t, per the site.  It hadn’t been all THAT long since I entered the code (I waited until the card was live) but it should be a quick process in my opinion.

I checked again Thursday, only to find that it had been delivered to my office on Wednesday.  It was shipped before Monday.  So, take note when looking at redemptions that it does take some time to update.

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The Forgotten TTM Sport

January 24, 2017

Written By: Jason Dean Martin

Through the mail (TTM) autographs have been around for years, decades even as children and adults have pursued any means necessary for obtaining their favorite athlete’s signature. But, what I have often noticed is many collectors focus on the four major sports (baseball, basketball, football, and hockey) with auto racing being a possible fifth addition to that list.  Usually, professional wrestlers are left out when considering TTM options because they tend to travel more than any other athlete.  However, I’m here to tell you that these athletes cannot be overlooked as they can tend to actually be more accessible than athletes from the more popular sports and because a handful of wrestlers are former pros in the “big four” sports.

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Unique Ben Zobrist Mailday

Not too long ago Ben Zobrist made news by riding his bike to Wrigley Field. It’s not necessarily newsworthy, however, it was unique. Then Topps chose to make a card featuring him on a specially-designed bike with proceeds from sales of the card to be donated to Patriot Forward. I purchased one the day it was released and it finally arrived today. 



Not the most valuable card but definitely a unique piece of cardboard!

For more info on this card you can visit Sports Card Reference here