Thursday, October 28, 2021

By The Letter Encarnacion

A few weeks back I picked up this 2008 SP Authentic By the Letter autograph of Edwin Encarnacion. Numbered 1/99, I thought it would make a great addition to my Reds autograph album. I hadn't realized that Encarnacion didn't play the 2021 season and that he spent last year with the White Sox. I'm glad to add this former Red autograph to my collection.

Friday, October 22, 2021

And then there were 9

Last week I was able to track down two more cards I needed for my Votto Rookie Album project. Those two cards are the 2008 Upper Deck Documentary standard issue and gold parallel. There are 10 each of the 2008 Upper Deck Documentary cards in each version that depict Votto on the front of the card for a total of 20 cards but I only wanted one copy of each. I also wanted the card to be the same card number AND mention Votto in the short write-up on the back of the card. Luckily I was able to identify a card in the set to chase and it was icing on the cake that the Reds also won the game the card mentions. Now I just need 9 more cards to finish up this project. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

One down, two to go!

Over the weekend I was able to pick up one of the three remaining 2011 Gypsy Queen autographs that I need to complete the set. The Ryan Howard card is the only autograph in the set that isn't on card. I'm not a fan of the card and wouldn't have purchased it if not for the fact that it is part of the set and I don't want one card missing out of 44 cards that comprise this insert set. I had been on the fence as to whether or not I was going to chase the relic autographs from this set but finally decided not to pursue those cards. There are 20 cards in that insert set numbers to 25 copies each. Out of the 20 cards only 8 are autographs that wouldn't be duplicates from the 44 card autograph set (Brian McCann, Bernie Williams, Clayton Kershaw, Chase Utley, Ian Kinsler, Jay Bruce, Jonathan Papelbon and Miguel Cabrera). To me, it just wasn't worth it trying to acquire those cards. Besides, out of the two remaining autographs that I need to acquire from the 44 card set, they're the two most expensive cards in the set: Hank Aaron and Sandy Koufax. I'm still kicking myself for selling the Koufax a year ago. Maybe if I'm lucky I'll be able to have that set completed by the end of 2022.