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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Quirks, Masterpieces edition

Every once in a while you run into something that, well, is just strange. Let's start with this.  I have no idea what it takes to complete an entire set from the manufacturing perspective but there are a few things we can agree are easy.  First, when making an insert set, jersey set, or auto set, for the love of all that is holy please number the cards rather than using initials.  For example, do number a set AU1, AU2, AU3, AU4.  Don't number a set AU-NB, AU-JL, AU-You're an idiot for numbering a set this way. Other things are a little tougher to be correct on all of the time like missing a letter, messing up a birth date.

One thing I've never been clear on is on cards are serial numbered.  Do they feed entire sheets through machines, one card at a time? I have no idea.  Which brings me to today.  I've found a number of oddities in the Masterpieces sets.  I've found foil less cards:

In fact I believe I have two sets of these particular foil less cards.

I've found an eli manning/YA Tittle that was printed on the wrong side of the card:

I've seen no other card like this in all of the cases and cards I have manhandled.

I've come across cards that have the incorrect frame for the numbering:

and this Marvin Harrison serial numbered 51/50

But today I ran into something entirely different.  Whilst perusing COMC for the 10th time today, I notice a Jonathan Stewart that was listed as being /15.  There is no such thing in this set. There's /10/25/50/75/99/150/199  There's also the Silver that are numbered to the Jersey number.  I knew this wasn't simply an odd numbering for the silver as the extended Rookies 101-110 were not included in that set.  So I just thought it was an error in the listing until I decided to look at the scan of the back:

I grabbed it immediately and paid way too much for it.  Now I have no idea how the machine got set to /15.  Maybe someone can enlighten me to how this whole thing works.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

This is a rare auto #noromo

To anyone that has tried to put together a set with sp's, ssp's and ssssp's, there is an appreciation of random cards that are all but impossible to find.  There are several of those autos in the 2008 Masterpieces Football auto set.  Eli Manning, John Elway, Matt Ryan, Favre, Marino and others are extremely rare, What's worse is that some of these end up being redemptions such as Favre.

Some of the SSP's are a little surprising, Franco Harris, Jeremy Shockey (may have been a weirdly distributed redemption), Kenny Stabler, etc.  Sometimes you get lucky and pick up these rare cards cheaply.  For example, I found that Jim Thome 2007 Masterpieces auto hidden in a lot.....paid a few bucks for it but haven't seen one since.

Well the other day a gentlemen posted a particularly rare auto.  I contacted him immediately, though he assured me the card would go cheaply, I offered him $40 for which he couldn't accept fast enough.  Yesterday, that card arrived:

This is the second 2008 Tony Romo Masterpiecs I have ever seen...that's 7 years of watching...and I don't miss much.  In fact, I have seen more of the Red /10 than I have the black unnumbered. The other thing about this card is how complete the auto is in comparison to his other autos.

You may also recall a brief mention of a large collection of Masterpieces I bought last summer.  The guy has opened 7 or so cases, maybe more of the football.  he was attempting to put together the parallel sets just like me.  he had first contacted me a number of years ago, maybe 5 or 6.  He refused to sell the parallels at that point but did sell me his patches.  Well he finally approached me to sell his collection of around 1000 cards including autos.

2008 Masterpieces Joe Namath...again very rare:
2008 Masterpieces Dick Butkus
2008 Masterpieces Jack Ham

He had some others that I bought as well:
 These are all sps of various levels. The Mcfadden is interesting because its the only auto signed in red.  It was a redemption and I am not aware of any Red border /10.
 Some Forte for the fun of it. Below, you'll see the Rathman, Craig, Manning and Hornung.  The Hornung is pretty hard to find as well, though there is one available on ebay pretty regularly
 For some reason the Hayes. Tittle  and Johnston don't come up for sale very often.

Monday, August 31, 2015

An auto, a parallel, a patch, and a mystery box

Oh my....or something.  This damn John Kruk auto is a favorite of mine for a couple of reasons....it's John Kruk and I had purchased one of these from DA Cardworld and when they went to ship my order it was missing.  Finally tracked it down and it is one of those retired SP's, perhaps ssp's from Masterpieces.

It was $15, basically the price of a couple of packs...ma'am I'm not an athlete, I'm an autograph

Next up is a Bradshaw, not Carrie.  These Silver Masterpieces are numbered to the Jersey number of the player with the exception of people that wore #1.  These low number cards are very hard to come by.  Also, there is a collector out there that bought up a lot of these.
Next up is a Devin Hester Patch /50.  These are very difficult to come by as I think I have 7 of  them.  There are a few players that are tough as heck to find.  Greg Olson stands between me and 7 sets...I currently have 5.
The Hester was part of a decent sized lot of jerseys, patches, and autos that was listed.....poorly.  I've saved you the trouble and linked it here.  I paid $79 shipped for the lot of 68 cards.  I can get that back on them selling to Blowout for pete's sake.  I didn't actually look at the list and decided to have a bit of a surprise.  In the lot were some gems, or some cool cards in my opinion.  Here are some highlights.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A quick patch

$5 shipped for a lowly Jamarcus Russell.  I think I own about 15 of these now.  Amazes me how many of these are single color.

Everyone wants to make a profit...but they usually don't /10

As I've said before, the collection is slow going these days though I do make some pickups here and there.  Before I get to that, a special comment from Uncle Joe

I have spent thousands and thousands on Masterpieces but have no delusions about the value. I know I will never come close to recouping what I've spent but I really don't care.  I've enjoyed collecting them and from the comments that I get from all of you I can tell that some of you enjoy it almost as much as I do.

Every once in a while I find a collector that wants to sell or is giving up on collecting.  I'm usually more that happy to kick down some coin to help them out.  I'm even prone to overpaying just for the hell of it but I do have my limits.  On this occasion, the gentlemen that made a hell of a run at putting together the red /10 masterpieces football auto set gave up the ghost.  I offered to buy him out well into the four figures but he has been trying to sell his collection piecemeal because he probably thinks that I am low balling him.  Also, he tells me that he massively overpaid for some of the cards...unfortunately that isn't my problem.  He told me what he paid for a couple of the cards and he paid more than double what a $100 card should sell for...maybe triple.

In the meantime I have been watching his sales and picking up cards as they hit the price I am willing to pay.  Some of the cards I am ok pulling the trigger on because I like them.  Others, I will wait until they get to where I want them to be.  It still amazes me what people want their cards to be worth and I really can't blame them.  That's why I don't sell cards from my collection.  Without further ado, $20 each.

Ray Rice /10.  Sure he knocked his now wife out in the elevator, but from a collecting standpoint I couldn't care less what these guys do off the field.  He's had a decent career up until now.

 Chris Johnson /10.  Johnson once rushed for over 2000 yards in a season and he might actually make it to 10,000 yards.  If I was Chip Kelly I might pick him up.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Just a couple

When collecting a 7 year old sets you have to expect things to get a little slow as far as availability.  It's absolutely dreadful these days trying to find anything.  However, things do pop up that I don't have or that I actively collect as many as I can find.

This Graig Nettles is actually fairly rare and someone posted it at $7 or so BIN.  I hit it immediately.  Every once in a while this happens where someone posts something way lower than what the sale price would potentially be.  For example, I picked up a Longoria (member him?) Blue /50 parallel on COMC for $20.  Those sell for $50 easy.  BTW, what ever happened to Longo?

The next card is of a certain quarter back from a certain team in a certain city...Brett FAVE-RA.  This cost me quite a bit more than the Nettles.  I think I have 8 of the 50 made of these.
Anyway, that's it.  And btw, 2016 Topps baseball looks like one of their Topps Town inserts from a few years back.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Collecting is hard /10 edition

Needless to say I am bored collecting these days.  I get shivers at the thought of trying to collect a set like TANG, Heritage et al.  And because supply of my favorite set has dried up I am able to collect quality and not quantity.  I've got more good news, though I am keeping my job in Central Oregon, I am no longer going to live there.  Living in a valley like the Willamette and then trying to live in the dessert just doesn't work.

So last week I promised a bit of a purchase and on Monday, it arrived though I didn't make it home to check my mail until today.  These are quite a contrast between last week's Elway and Namath but a checklist is a checklist.

Lucky for me I have no problem with patience nor staying focused.  Side note, I see so many people collect and collect and then change direction multiple times, liquidate, wash, rinse, repeat.  I don't do that.  There is a collector that had 50+ of these reds, unfortunately he is a little delusional about what these are worth.  In contrast, there's another collector that had quite a few of these and has completed the 2007 and 2008 Masterpieces baseball autos and is 3 or so short of the football set.  He started collecting the reds but I think he realized that it's a fools errand....that's where I come in.

I purchased the entire lot for $100 which is a lot but trying to pick these up piecemeal is a pain, costly and takes a long time.  Some of these I now have 2 of and when you consider that Jonathan Stewart and Desean Jackson are putting together pretty good careers, it's not too shabby.

First up is Tashard Choice....no idea what happened to him.
 Then there is "Don't throw it to Stonehands!" Limas Sweed who apparently got to the NFL and couldn't actually catch the ball.
 Jonathan Stewart....Oregon guy and a damn fine player.
 Dennis Dixon, Oregon guy again and not a half bad QB just couldn't quite find a groove.
 I almost dropped this Desean Jackson a foot before I got in the front door but realized I wasn't all the way in the house yet.
 Isn't Jerome Simpson kind of doing something with his career these days?
 I hear his dad was a decent athlete.
 And the guy had a few parallels laying around.  People either let these go cheap or want a small fortune for them.