Monday, December 18, 2017

eBay Success - Right on the Button

One of the guys I follow on Twitter regularly posts updates of his eBay listings and I took some time delved through them to see what Astros I could plunder. And plunder I did! I snagged me some great deals, and because we've traded several times and knew me, he accepted my offer - which was quite a bit below his asking prices!
First of all, Yuli - you signed in absolutely the wrong spot. Should have been down in that silver area... but eh, it's a nice card! HOW ABOUT THAT BUTTON!!!!! This is my second button relic and both of them are Springer cards from National Treasure. The other is from 2014, this is 2017. I love button relics, and find it odd that it took them as long as it did to start including them. This is one is /5. Next, the Joe Musgrove. I'm torn on Gold Label. I LOVE these gold framed cards, but I liked them more when they were special and /10. When they are /99 or more, just doesn't seem right. And finally, I got to add another McCullers relic to my collection. Don't see as much of his stuff as I would like in products. Topps and Panini, I expect you to correct this!!!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Wes Moore Surprises Again

The ever wonderful and elusive Wes, former writter of JayBarkerFan (and hopefully he resumes this amazing blog some day) is amazingly active on Twitter. And he did a little trade-away-a-thon a few weeks back and I claimed a few cards. Then he went overboard and sent me about a dozen more on top of those...
Wow, and this isn't even all of it! Wes, this was an awesome deal. Today, a dispatch is prepared, our agreed upon swap of goods, as well as fortifications for your upcoming march into battle. May you be victorious, or maybe I should cheer for the good favor & prosperity that will come with your defeat. Either way, I hope that my re-supply is found to be in good measure.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

My Secret Santa Has Arrived!

I joined the fun over at Bob Walk The Plank when he announced he was organizing a card collector's Secret Santa exchange! Nothing major, just $10 bucks (ish) on cards for another collector! I was SUPER excited for the guy I got to send cards to, as I've been wanting to make a trade with him for a while, but getting to send him cards for free was even better! I was even more excited when I saw the name on the envelope that arrived with my Secret Santa gift! It was none other than our friend Jim from GCRL! Jim ran an excellent Dodgers-centric blog that ended its run in 2015, but he's still a reader and commenter on many a blog!

Here are the Secret Santa contents!
That's an AMAZING Bregman swatch #'ed /9 from Triple Threads! Beautiful in the Triple Threads format! And wow, that Biggio red swatch is HUGE! #'ed out of 50! Awesome!

Along with these two, Jim sent along a healthy stack of Astros from throughout the years - including a health amount of Gold Parallels from several years of Topps! And a nice note congratulating me and the Astros for winning the World Series! Jim, you'll definitely get a stack of Dodgers headed back your way some time soon!

Hope you all have a great Secret Santa experience! I loved mine! Merry Christmas to ALL!!!!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

2017 Star Wars Masterwork

So the wife and I spent a little on each other at Thanksgiving and we got some Star Wars Masterwork cards! We were very impressed and happy with the cards! They are high quality and the checklist is pretty good in terms of signers, relics and such. Here's the loot:
The top two vertical autos are the base version, the bottom two are the foil variation /50. The top horizontal auto is foil /50 as well. Then there is the silver border /10 horizontal! Man it's awesome in person, heavy! Love the auto variations and designs. Each master box has 2 autos. I feel I did pretty fair with mine, there are two more lurking lower in this post that are AMAZING!!!! I love the artist sketch card I got as well. It's a "wood" variation and I think it just looks awesome, may keep that one. Finally, the animation cels, which I think are an awesome addition to this set. They are each 1/1, and while they don't sell for a lot, I just think it's awesome to have REAL animation cels included in a product instead of another "manufactured" relic... oh, how timely...
These medallions...hmmmm... the only good thing I can say about them is that they are numbered to /150. At least there is some sense of scarcity to them. The film relics are cool too, I had hoped they would scan better, as I got some good ones with major characters showing up in each.

Ok, so now for the autos I teased! Behold!
Yea, I couldn't bring myself to remove them from the mag holders to scan them. First is Forest Whitaker and it's a gold variation /25! WOW! I was pretty happy to get this well known of an actor! Then there is the purple /10 beauty that has Gwendoline Christie and John Boyega. These are both headed to eBay eventually - I think I'm going to wait until after the 15th to post the dual auto! That is, unless one of you fellow Star Wars nerds makes me an offer I can't refuse! 

Have a great day, and do yourself a favor: pick up a box or two of this product! It's well worth it!