Friday, August 4, 2023

A Huge Pickup For My 2018 Topps Olympic Set Build!

Another set I've slowly been working on, that isn't baseball related, is the 2018 Topps U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Team Hopefuls set. I already have the base set and the majority of the insert sets complete with the exception of the auto and relic sets. I'm still missing 15 relic cards from that set but I'm hopeful that I can get those cards in hand by the end of the year. The autograph set, however, is going to take a long time to complete. That's ok though because I when I'm able to land a huge card like this it makes the chase that much more enjoyable. This Vonn autograph is numbered to 30 and I think I got it for a decent price. Sure it's a sticker graph but I don't care. Now if only I can track down a Chloe Kim autograph from this set.

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

It Took 20 Years, But I Finally Completed It!

Last week while I was out of town I got a notification on my phone from one of my saved searches on eBay that this card was FINALLY listed. This was the first time I had ever seen this card listed and luckily it was still there when I went to the site. This was the last card I needed to complete the 2003 Fleer Authentix set. In addition to the base set I also completed the Ballpark Classic, Game Bat, Game Jersey, Game of the Week, Hometown Heroes and Ticket Studs insert sets. I also grabbed one autograph of each player that signed in the set (Barry Bonds, Derek Jeter and Nolan Ryan). Finally, I was able to get the two promo cards that were given away at that year's All-Star Fan Fest. I did not chase after the base parallel sets nor did I pursue the "unripped" Game Bat, Game Jersey and Game of the Week inserts since they were identical to the other inserts with the exception of a low print run and barcode at the bottom of those cards. I'm happy that my perseverance finally paid off and that this set is finally completed.