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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Card Show Disappointment and Finds

Kin Kinsley
November 26, 2016

I was a bad fan today. About 2:30, it hit me that I’d intended to go to the card show that is about five miles from the house. At 2:30, both the WVU game and Iron Bowl were starting. Oops.

I REALLY wanted to head over because at the last show (two weeks ago), one of the sellers had 15 2013-14 Panini Prizm Hanger Packs. I should have bought them. Each one contained three packs and a pack of three red prizms, exclusive to these target packs. So, I decided to head over, grab them and hopefully be back within an hour.

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September 3 Card Show Pickup #2 -(READ ME! T206 inside)

Kin Kinsley
September 7, 2016

Any time Roger Neufeldt sets up at a show in our area, I make an effort to hit the show.  He’s all vintage and always seems to have something new.  I probably spent more time at his table this show than ever before, but with reason.  I’ve discovered some new items that I am looking for.

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September 3 Card Show Pickup #1 – I Feel I Must Collect This Man

Kin Kinsley
September 6, 2016

It appears to me that the hobby gods want me to collect Bulldog Turner.  Without truly trying, I have collected 40% of his cards issued during his career.  I’m not sure it’s an accomplishment (he only has ten cards from his playing years), but I’ve come into them.  I could certainly “luck” into a lot of players that weren’t Hall-of-Famers.

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August 13 Card Show Pickup #5 – The Final One

Kin Kinsley
September 5, 2016

I know I’m a bit late getting these last two posted.  We moved a couple of weeks ago and I’m just now getting back to writing some posts.  Thanks for hanging in!

This card is from one of my favorite football sets.  I picked it up with the sole intention of sending for a TTM autograph.

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