Thursday, July 25, 2019

The National

Next week marks the 40th Anniversary of the National Sports Collectors Convention. This year's gathering will be held in the windy city. Needless to say, I won't be making the trek to Chicago to attend the show. I didn't realize that last year's show was in Cleveland until a week before the show and I had already made plans with my wife. It's definitely something to see at least once if you're a sports fan. Last night I was browsing on eBay for Votto rookies I still need for my project when I stumbled across this card that was just listed a few minutes before I started my search. I had never seen one of these listed before and I wasn't entirely sure if it was legit. After a quick google search I found some information listed on about this card. They state that "Topps created a special run of 2008 Topps Chrome for distribution at the 2008 National Sports Collectors Convention. All base cards EXCEPT the 19 Autographed Rookies were printed for this set, and each card has the NSCC logo on the front. Topps distributed the cards in uncut sheet form; however, some collectors chose to cut the sheet into individual cards. While the cards are not serial-numbered, it is believed that only 300 copies of each base card were produced for this promotion." The card was listed as an auction with a Best Offer option. I didn't want to get into a bidding war with someone on this so I submitted what I was willing to pay for the card. About 15 minutes after my submission I received an email that the seller accepted my offer. I'm excited to add this card that I didn't even know existed to my collection.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

I'll Take Votto for 10

Every now and then I run across a steal of a deal when searching eBay. That being said, most of the time those deals have come and gone since someone else swooped in to grab it before I could. Case in point, I found out a few months ago a couple of sellers had listed the 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen autograph of CC Sabathia for $30. That's still one card I need from my set and of course I wasn't able to get it. Last night I was browsing for cards I still need for my 2008 Topps Votto rookie project when I stumbled across this card listed for $9.99 or best offer. I knew if I put an offer in on the card it probably wouldn't be there by the time the seller had to decide whether or not to accept. So for $9.99 I picked up this 2008 Topps Co-Signers Joey Votto/Daric Barton card. While it doesn't have a rookie logo on the card, it definitely has a home in my Reds autograph binder.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

NOW we're talking!

I've been on the fence ever since Topps announced its Topps Now program. While the idea intrigued me that only a certain amount of cards would be produced to meet demand at that time, I didn't like $9.99 price tag for each card. That was a little too rich for me. That being said, I had an epiphany yesterday (or an apostrophy as Mr. Smee states in Hook). Why not limit my foray into Topps Now with just one player for just one year. I decided I would pick up any 2019 Topps Now Nick Senzel cards since Topps has yet to release any rookie cards of the outfielder in the flagship set this year, even though I'm sure that will change when Topps releases their Update and Highlight series this fall. I've become a fan of Senzel since he was called up earlier this year. His numbers have been decent with a .269 BA, 8 HR, and a .799 OPS in 60 games this season. Here are the four cards I have of Mr Senzel

2019 Topps Now #172 Print Run 2217

2019 Topps Now #174 Print Run 1271

2019 Topps Now #183 Print Run 887

2019 Topps Now Moment of the Week 5 Print Run 700

I think my favorite of the bunch is the Moment of the Week card. The 1869 Red Stockings throwback uniforms are fantastic and showing Senzel celebrate after hitting his first major league home run is icing on the cake. Just a fantastic card. I won't be chasing any other Topps Now cards after this year but it's nice to add something new to the collection even if it doesn't necessarily fit every now and then.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

A Prime Deal!

The thought of looking for cards on Amazon has never crossed my mind. My normal go to merchants are eBay, Comc, Sportlots and occasionally Beckett Marketplace. If I need some weird off the wall item for my house I'll head over to Amazon to purchase it and have it in my hands within two days. Or, I'll use their streaming service to catch a movie every now and then on Prime. That being said, I decided to take a few minutes yesterday to browse around Amazon just to see what they had to offer as it relates to cardboard. Those few minutes ended up saving me over $150 I've been watching on eBay. There are two Bowman Sterling Refractors on eBay that are listed at $50 a piece as well as a graded copy of a Topps Opening Day Gold parallel for $100. $200 for three cards is just too rich for my blood. Of course there is an ungraded copy of the Opening Day Gold parallel on COMC for $142.28 but I won't go there. So, how much did I pay for the three cards listed above on Amazon? $30 dollars. I guess I'll have to start keeping an eye out on Amazon for more deals.

Monday, June 17, 2019

The Bane that is Short Prints

I've come to expect that each year I'll have to track down a short print or two in the Topps flagship set. Photo variations, retired stars or hall of famers, you name it and Topps has done it all for the sake of adding cards we collectors must chase if we want to have a "complete" team set. Sure, I could choose to ignore them completely and stick with only collecting the standard checklist, but the ocd portion of my brain would always be stewing over these cards. Of course it wasn't always like that. I still remember the junk wax days fondly knowing that I could put together a Reds team set for less than $5. Now it's not uncommon for me to spend around $20. If there's a super short print involved then all bets are off. That being said, I just noticed this past weekend that Topps released it's series 2 set for this year and I wasn't surprised to find out that there were 3 short prints in the series. I was able to track down the 12 card base set as well as the 3 short prints on eBay for just over $23. I wonder if there will come a day when Topps decides to go back to the way things were and put a stick of gum back in a pack of cards and remove those nefarious short prints from flagship. Who am I kidding, that's just asking too much.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

It ain't over til it's over

It's been a year and a half since I've been able to add another card to the 2013 Topps Votto Rainbow. Patience definitely pays. I was surprised last week to see this black printing plate pop up on eBay. I already have printing plates for Opening Day, Chrome and Topps Mini but I had yet to find a printing plate for the base Topps. On top of that the other three printing plates I had were for different colors: yellow, cyan and magenta. Luckily I was able to come out as the high bidder and I'm now anxiously awaiting for it's arrival in the mail. With this pick up I'm down to just needing five more cards for my rainbow: 2013 Topps Factory Orange numbered to 230, 2013 Topps Wrapper Redemption Silver Slate numbered to 10, 2013 Topps Opening Day Toy's R Us Purple parallel, 2013 Topps Chrome Camo Refractor numbered to 15 and 2013 Topps Chrome Pink Refractor numbered to 5.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Hitting the Halfway Mark

Today I was finally able to cross the halfway point for my Joey Votto Rookie project. I've been looking for this 2008 Topps Chrome Copper Refractor for quite a while and I finally found one on Beckett Marketplace for a price to good to pass up. This is my 45th different Votto rookie card. That just leaves me with 45 more cards to go. Unfortunately, many of the cards I still have to chase are numbered parallels and refractors. The possibility of me completing this project by the end of the year are slim to none. Regardless, it's been a fun little project to say the least. I'm hopeful that by the end of the year I'll cross the 60 card threshold. If you're interested in seeing what cards I've amassed thus far you can check out my progress here.