A couple of years ago, I had planned to seriously collect Jedd Gyorko cards. He’s from my hometown, though you played at the rival high school) and also played at my alma mater, WVU. Unfortunately, that didn’t materialize.
Link: Hometown Heroes: Do You Collect Any?
There is just too much baseball product out there. In a recent post, Jason and I discussed player super collecting. I mentioned every collection having it’s challenge and for me, with Gyorko, one of them was going to be the number of cards that were out there. In his rookie season, he only hit .249, but he did hit 23 home runs in just 125 games. His product was hot and a lot of cards were just out of my price range, which was another problem. The third problem for me is that I just don’t have any interest in baseball anymore, so I don’t buy product. I had no product to trade for his stuff. The final thing that made it difficult was that I was putting so much into my Andrew Shaw PC.
When I was packing, and later unpacking, for the move to Texas, I found some of the Gyorko cards I had accumulated. I decided that in time I would start back at it, but it a limited effort. I would stick to just a handful of things – anything in his WVU uniform, anything with the Topps trophies on them and also anything Heritage.
Jason and I often talk about Gyorko and since he collects baseball, he has a better idea of the market. He knew what I was going to collect and let me know when one showed up on eBay and what they’d been going for. I plaved a couple of bids but decided to bow out at a certain point. The auction price had exceeded what the last few had gone for AND Gyorko cards were as cold as the could possibly be.
However, a few week ago another one showed up with a low buy it now. I had the money in my Paypal balance to cover it, so I went ahead and took the plunge. I don’t like HOW the autographs appear on these swatches, but it is what it is.
I am really excited that I added this one to the PC. Hail, West Virginia!
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