Wrapper Redemption #Mailday

The title of this post is intentionally a little misleading.  I love Upper Deck, but the distribution for the hockey wrapper redemption program irritates me.  A lot.  For some reason, they only make it available to those in Canada.

I know that most likely I will buy the card as a single anyway.  However, I don’t like that the decision is made by Upper Deck that none of the great hockey collectors in the States can participate in the program.

Anyway, the mail day.  I do love that the promo is a red border promo, since Andrew Shaw is a Blackhawk (for now).

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As of this writing, I am just one card short of the 2015-16 OPC Rainbow.  The only one that I need is the Black Rainbow /100 version.  There are a couple on eBay, but they are in Canada and I am not willing to pay more than $3 shipping at this point.

For The Andrew Shaw Project as a whole, I now have 106/146 cards (per the Sports Card Forum checklist), including 1/1s.  You can view the gallery of my collection here.  The 146 number includes his two cards in Upper Deck Buybacks, and I’m not sure I will have the funds for those two even if they ever come available.  However, I will never stop trying to have THE ultimate Andrew Shaw collection.

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2015-16 MVP Printing Plate #Mailday for #TheAndrewShawProject

One frustrating thing about being a player supercollector is that you just never know when 1/1s or other rare cards are going to show up.  If they are from anything but the newest product, I often wonder if they will ever show up.  If they do, will I have the funds available to make it happen?

At least with newer products, you know when an item will be released and that you might want to have a few bucks “laying around” for when one of the cards on your checklist comes available.  The best thing about printing plates is that they usually sell for much less than other 1/1s.  I was able to pick this one up for less than $15 (with shipping and everything).  That’s a much better than the hundreds that I’d have to shell out to pick up the Andrew Shaw The Cup 1/1.

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Vintage eBay #Mailday

This pickup started the day that Steve Spurrier stepped down as the coach at South Carolina.  I had looked a few times at his cards on eBay, but hadn’t paid a ton of attention to prices or anything.  I just knew that he didn’t have a bunch of cards from his playing days.

As I did my research for my Top Five Steve Spurrier Cards post, I learned a bit more.  One of the cards I included on the list, I found at far below market value one of Invest in Baseball on eBay.  I knew it would be a rough card, but was okay with that.

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I did fail to look at the picture of the back on the item description.  I probably wouldn’t have bought the card if I had, but that’s all on me.  I’ll pick up a better quality one at some point and try to recoup some of what I put into this one.

I knew the seller specialized in vintage and I needed some Wally Moon cards for an autograph signing he was doing at a local show on October 24.  They had a good selection of them, and below are the ones that I chose.

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Unfortunately, Mr. Moon had to cancel his appearance.  He was going to make a drive of a couple of hours and in the days prior to the show, there was a heavy amount of rain in the area and a lot of flooding.  He has rescheduled his appearance for next month.  If you are interested, you can find info here.  The show promoter will work with mail order requests.

I was just a couple of items away from their “free shipping” promotion, so I thought I’d see what I could find.  I don’t get suckered into those things and spend a lot extra, but if I can get a few more cards and barely pay any more, I will do it.

Typically I don’t like buying vintage online, but I figured I would go ahead and look to see what 1955 Topps All-American cards they had at a cheap price.  I ended up picking up three low-grade cards for my set.  These will all probably be upgraded later, but I want to go ahead and get the entire set together first.

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My items arrived very quickly and packaged well, so I have no complaints at all!

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Cool Card of the Day: 2006 Undertaker Topps WWE Dual Relic Hat/Pants

This is a great card for two reasons.  First, it includes not one, but two relics from The Undertaker and being that one relic is from his hat,,,,that’s extremely cool!

Second, look at the back of the card.  Topps included on exactly when and where these relics were used by The Undertaker.  If only all relics included this information!

Enjoy the the view!

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Cool Card of the Day: 2005 Mookie Wilson eTopps Classic Events

I thought it was only fitting to remember the last time the Mets were in the World Series and won!  This cool card shows a classic moment from the 1986 World Series that Mets fans love and Red Sox fans hate!

Let’s Go Mets!

Enjoy the the view!

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My second Beckett Grading submission – The Results

In my last post, I showed the two items that I picked up at the Plano show on Saturday.  I didn’t show the result of my grading submission, however.  At the September show, I submitted three cards for Jason and one for myself.  My first submission was bigger, but I’m not much into grading so I only sent my 1955 Topps All-American Jim Thorpe card that I picked up from Baseball Card Exchange last year.

I’m very slowly, but surely, working to complete this set and this card was one of the first that I picked up on this quest to put the set together.  I tried back in the early 2000’s, but needed some money when I was moving from Pittsburgh to Indianapolis, so I sold off what I had acquired.  I don’t know the exact count I have now, but I probably have 30-40 of the cards in the 100 card set currently.  I don’t have them all scanned and posted, but you can see what I have scanned (the more recent acquisitions) in this gallery.

I didn’t anticipate that the card was going to get a good grade.  I knew that it wasn’t well centered and certainly had some corner issues.  However, I wanted to go ahead and have it encapsulated, so I submitted it.  I was expecting a 3 or so, but I don’t deal much with grading, so I wasn’t going to be excited or disappointed regardless of grade.

I will say, I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the box at the grade that it received.

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Most completed eBay sales are PSA and not Beckett (or SGC).  It appears to me that if a PSA and Beckett card are graded the same, the PSA will sell for more.  Well, to each their own.  I found a BGS 5 that sold on eBay for $165 in late August and an SGC 40 (3) that sold for $106 in early August.  Using those as my gauge, I’m very happy with everything.  Andy at Baseball Card Exchange is one of the great guys in the hobby and gave me a great deal on this card.  There are some good shops here, but I will always miss “The Exchange.”

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Pickups from today’s card show (Plano, TX)

To be honest, I wouldn’t have gone to this show today unless I had needed to pick up an order from Beckett Grading for Jason and I.  I’d bought five Wally Moon cards off eBay that I was going to have signed, but Mr. Moon wasn’t able to make it because of the weather and flooding we’ve had in this area.  That, combined with college football, would have kept me away if not for the grading order.

I made the trek and didn’t plan to spend too much time there.  I was there probably 45 minutes or so, but it was one of the better experiences I’ve had.  At last month’s show, there was a new seller that had mostly vintage cards and he was back this month.  Matt and I were chatting as I was looking and all of a sudden, I saw one of the top vintage football cards in existence, the 1952 Bowman Large Jim Lansford.  On the list of Top 100 vintage football cards in the book “Collecting Vintage Football Cards,” the card is #3.

As we talked about it, I mentioned that I knew it was desirable, etc. and come to find out, he is also on the net54baseball.com boards.  I had actually commented on an awesome thread of his showcasing a lot of his Longhorns collection.  I dislike UT for many reasons, but I always have an appreciation for any vintage card collection or any that centers around a school (as opposed to an NFL team).

On to my pickups for the day.  I only bought two items and they were both off the same seller.  Since I moved to Texas, I’ve probably picked up more from this seller than anyone else.  I noticed he had a couple of racing autographs, which seemed a little out of the norm for him.  My suspicion (which was correct) is that he’d acquired a collection that has some racing in it, so I just asked if he had an A.J. Foyt autograph.  If you read my Mario Andretti Mailday piece, you know that this is something I’ve been wanting to acquire.  He didn’t have any cards (which is really what I was looking for), but did have a stack of maybe 15 of autographed 8x10s, so I bought one.

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The only card I bought, I’m not even 100% sure why I did.  I don’t know if I was thinking that I’d heard something about the card, if it was just hearing his name, or what.  I did know that for the asking price, the card was well worth it, so I picked it up.  Once I got home and opened up my Beckett Vintage Almanac, I realized what I was probably thinking.  The card was number 150, the last one in the set.  While not in great shape, I got it for 10% of book.  I’m not going to complain at all.

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A quick eBay search shows two raw copies selling recently, one for $12.50 and the most recent one for $5.02.  Perhaps I am abnormal, but I prefer my vintage pickups in person.  It was quite the successful morning at the card show, if I do say so myself.

I also picked up one card from Beckett that was being graded, but I will post separately about that one!

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