Nothing Wrong With (Low Numbered) Multiples

Player super collectors are all different.  What constitutes the “best” collection?  Is it having a copy of the most cards?  Is it the pure quantity, regardless of how many are multiples?

Personally, I don’t work in quantity.  There are some base Andrew Shaw cards I have multiples of, but they don’t “mean” much.  I only tend to buy them as a lot or something like that.  It’s just too expensive to go for quantity in base cards.  However, on low numbered cards, I will pick up additional pieces that are in my wheelhouse.  That’s the case with the subject of this mailday.

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This is actually the third one of these that I’ve acquired over the years.  I believe I’ve not gotten my hands on a few that have been available, so there’s no telling how many I can honestly accumulate.  If I can even come up with one more, I will have over a quarter of the available print run, and I find that pretty cool.

There are three levels of the Trilogy Signature Pucks.  The base has the current Blackhawks logo on the puck.  I actually just have one copy of this one.  I now own three of the Retro Logo pucks.  The most limited has the NHL Shield on the puck.  I believe one of them surfaced at some point, but I have yet to acquire one.  My Shaw “need” list is pretty short and consists of a lot of cards like that, very low numbered.

Just for kicks, the two of these that I already have:

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If you’re interested in seeing my Shaw PC, you can check it out here.

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It’s Raining in Texas and the White Whale has arrived

Within the last week, I’ve written about my finding one of the “white whale” Andrew Shaw cards and then, after purchasing it, one showing up on eBay.  The website I found it on was one that I was unsure of, but I took the chance.

It arrived on Thursday and I couldn’t be happier.  While not happy that it was shipped in a plain white envelope, it arrived safely, so the end result is what’s most important in this case.

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If you’ve ready previously, you probably know that Andrew Shaw is my PC.  I have long admired the “Hockey Super Collector HOF” forum on Sports Card Forum, and my goal is to one day be there.  I was a Blackhawks fan in the 90s, and Roenick was my favorite player.  Add those two together, and this card is easily among the top cards in my PC.  I don’t have any one in particular that I’m attached to, so this one may even take the top spot.

The copy of this that showed up on eBay ended last night.  I set my alarm for a half hour before it ended so that I didn’t forget to go look at it.  It was still in my wheelhouse at that point.  However, with about five minutes to go, I lost focus and forgot about it until after the auction end. No worries, because in the last five seconds, two people placed bids that send the card higher than I was willing to go for a duplicate card.

I wouldn’t mind having another to go in the Roenick PC.  However, I’ll stick with my one and sometime down the road, more of these will make their way into public.

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One Really short #Mailday

This beauty has to be one of the shortest, as the crow flies, mail days that I’ve ever had.  A year or so ago when I lived in Indiana, I picked up an Andrew Shaw card that I needed from another town just outside Indianapolis.  Either that, or this one, was the shortest ever.

A will call Eric a friend, as we chat quite often and met at a local card show a few weeks ago.  He picked up a beautiful Trevor Daley patch card sometime in the last couple of months and had shown me.  I’ve become a Stars fan (they’re still number two, though) when I moved to the area and Daley is my girlfriend’s favorite player.

He let me know last week that he’d decided not to keep it and asked me if I was interested in picking it up.  Um, YES!  We worked out the details and this beauty arrived in my mail yesterday.

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I’m not sure everyone does it, but when it’s a patch cards, I like to attempt to figure out where on the sweater it came from.  On this one, there is little doubt.

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My first Kevin White (#WVU) Mailday

There are many days that I am frustrated with the hobby.  Being on multiple boards, following people on Twitter, being in a few card groups on Facebook, etc., I see people daily that frustrate me.  Too many people are in the hobby for the wrong reasons.  You may watch sports, but if you’re all hung up on money in the hobby, you are part of the problem.  I’m in it for the fun of it.  It’s like when I buy a shirt at the store, I don’t expect to get money back from anything I pick up.  If I do, it’s just a bonus.

However, days like today are ones that remind me that there are still very good people in the hobby.

I don’t know when, but it was over a year ago, I “met” Jason on Twitter.  I believe we had a mutual follower that “introduced” us because he had a Geno Smith Upper Deck RPA redemption card, numbered out of ten.  After sending a few messages and him finding out why I was interested (I am a WVU alum), he made me a fantastic offer on it, that I took him up on.  I don’t remember everything about the conversation, but I know he told me that he was wanted to get it to a good home and he knew that I’d appreciate it.  I know he could have gotten more for it, but I was ecstatic to get it.  Being a redemption, it took awhile until I had the actual card in hand, but it was well worth the wait.

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Later on, Jason ended up with two more Geno Smith autographs, both Upper Deck and pictured in his WVU uniform.  The Jets stuff means nothing to me.  I want all former Mountaineers to do well in the pros, but I don’t follow the NFL.  We were able to strike a deal and I picked up the two items below.  The booklet is the ONLY booklet that I own.  I am just not a big fan of them.  However, there was no way I was passing this one up.

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I have picked up items from time to time and sent out to Jason, and he’s done the same.  We have a rather “pay it forward” trading connection.  I have sent him some Virginia Tech players’ cards and Philadelphia Flyers in the past.  I still have a couple of Manny Machado Topps rookies to drop in the mail to him and some other goodies.  I won’t mention them, since I’m pretty sure he will read this.  He’s sent me cards from time to time.  In the last year I’ve received a good number of Charles Sims items from him, including a jersey auto.

I haven’t been looking into football at all lately, so I haven’t picked up any Kevin White cards.  A few days ago, Jason asked me for my address, since I have moved a couple of times in the last year.  I had no idea what to expect, though.  Much to my delight, I received these in the mail today!

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I love knowing that there ARE people out there that collect for the pure enjoyment of it and want to help out other collectors.  I am the same way myself.  It’s always nice to get the most you can out of something that you aren’t going to keep.  It simply gives you more to put into something that you DO want.  However, there’s a great feeling that comes along with helping someone out.

Jason has done that for others as well.  A couple of months ago, he reached out to me about a card that I would have loved to pick up.  I couldn’t do it, but I know I put out a few feelers for him of people that I knew would love it.  I know he ultimately was able to get it into a great home.

Remember, at the end of the day, this is a hobby.  It’s not to be taken too seriously!

You can follow Jason on Twitter at @JasonW757. You can also follow me at @kin_kinsley, if you like.

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Shaw, Andrew Shaw… #Mailday

Going back to when I collected baseball cards, I’ve always liked “wood” cards.  I loved bat cards and I loved stick cards.  It felt like stick cards had gone away, until last year’s Rookie Anthology set.  I must admit a few things, however, because I may be wrong.

  1. I have never been a fan of Panini, so unless Andrew Shaw was in their product, I didn’t pay any attention.
  2. I didn’t get back into hockey cards until early 2012.  I know know what was going on leading up until then.
  3. I don’t steadily research the latest products coming out.
  4. I don’t collect big names, so I’m not looking at a lot of eBay auctions.

I do love these stick cards.  I remember the old ones just being pieces of wood.  They were cool, but not as much as the Anthology relics.  Since they show the coating of the stick (which is probably fiberglass anyway), there is more of a jersey card feel.  The cards can be unique.  Before this mailday, I had eight of the 199 cards.  My favorite is the one that has “A3” on it.  Four of them appear to have text from the brand on the card.  Two more have pinstripes and one is plain black.

However, can you spot the reason I felt that I HAD to have this one?

2013-14 Rookie Anthology Luxury Suite #50 Andrew Shaw
2013-14 Rookie Anthology Luxury Suite #50 Andrew Shaw

Give up?  A few weeks ago, I posted this piece after I picked up another Shaw SP Authentic rookie.  I picked that one up simply because the serial number was 999/999.  In the case of this card, I picked it up because the serial number is 007.  Yes, I am a pretty big James Bond fan.  It’s hard to find things to add to a player PC like mine without just adding bulk, so I try to think outside the box.  This is the second 007 card I have picked up.

As you hear me say so often, the hobby is about having fun!

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Really? What are the odds? Funny how the hobby works.

I posted Saturday about finding an Andrew Shaw card that, while numbered to 25, I had never even seen.  I acknowledged that I took some time off, but still, you’d think I would have seen at least one available.

LINK:  Not sure it’s a “white whale,” but it’s been elusive.

I will give you one guess what showed up later that night on eBay.

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Yup.  After not seeing one, ever, I’ve come across two in just a matter of days.  Technically, I haven’t SEEN the one that’s on the way, but you understand the point.  Back to the subject at hand, it’s almost creepy that it comes available right now.

I messaged the seller asking if they’d be willing to sell.  They said they would, and asked what my offer was.  That is one of my hobby pet peeves.  It is YOUR card.  You know what you want for it.  When you go to a show, what would you do if you asked the price of a card and the seller said that you make the offer.  As a buyer, I am not bidding against myself.

When it comes down to it, I suppose we will see how the auction plays out.  I will definitely post an update.

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Sometimes, non-PC trades work out well

A few weeks ago, I saw in the Facebook “Hockey Cards” group that Matt in Indiana was starting a minor Jean-Gabriel Pageau PC.  I’ve made multiple trades with Matt and we are both Blackhawks fans, so neither of us really have cards we will give up and the other wants.  I had a Sign of the Times auto that I’d hit a year or so ago, so I let him know.

I ended up getting this Stars card out of the deal:

2014-15 Fleer Showcase #192 Patrik Nemeth
2014-15 Fleer Showcase #192 Patrik Nemeth

After moving to Arlington in September, I have adopted the Stars as my number two team.  Since my girlfriend is a Stars fan, I probably saw at least 50 games in this season.  It was a nice add to my collection.  Thanks for another great trade, Matt!

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