I got this money thanks to eBay, so it's only natural that I buy stuff there too.
I've also gotta go with something Yu-Gi-Oh! related.
But I won't dwell on that too much so this is the only YGO card I'll show.
This is the only card intended for someone else that I'll show this time. Reason being that it's one of those 1/1 Blank Backs straight from the Topps Vault on eBay. You see, one of my contacts in Japan is a Shelby Miller super collector and I figure I'd send them this as part of a trade we're working on.
I'm still on the fence about these blank backs because they're really gimmicky and kind of dumb, but there's still something inherently cool about them too (because they're still 1/1's straight from the company). I guess it also helps that I'm paid for this with found money, not my hard earned money. That helps.
It's Ronny Rojas again. This card was something I wanted for a while but never pulled the trigger for because the shipping fee's were always higher than the card itself. But when you have found money to play with, you just buy that shit (it also helps that the seller accepted my offer and took a dollar off). I know I said I was going to do a scouting report on him but that would make this post way too long, so that's another topic for another day.
Anyway that concludes the eBay portion. Now let's look at a service that I really only use when necessary (ie when a Torrens 1/1 pops up) or when I have some money to play with.
I love Check Out My Cards because their catalogue is so detailed and the whole site is easy to navigate through, but their cards have started to get pricier. That said, they are a significant influence on me as a collector and as a consumer in general. Because whenever I buy something, I tend to think in terms of what the money could've gotten me if I'd spent it on cards. Like say I'm at somewhere that happens to sell packs and I'm tempted to pick something up, I naturally look at the price and see that it's like $3 a pack or something with like 10 cards inside. That's nice but in my mind I go "$3 for 10 cards that will likely be ass, or $3 for 9 cards I could use on COMC that are priced at $30-ish cents?" Yeah, my own personal definition of opportunity cost is how many base cards I could've gotten on COMC for most financial transactions lol.
So from COMC I picked up a bunch of retail parallels for my friends overseas but I picked up some stuff for me too.
Like this 2017 Topps mini base card of Luis Torrens. FINALLY, after all of these months I have the base card. I still need two more parallels though (I think).
No COMC order is ever complete without me getting at least one Torrens BoChro autograph. At the time this one was the only one that was priced appropriately (less than $3). It's BoChro base autograph number 16 for me.
Hell yeah, going back to the ancient vintage folks.
This here is a 1898-1902 Ogden's tobacco card of a lovely lady only referred to as "Saharet".
The back is blank and offers no real information. Google doesn't bring up much either. But what I do know is that this card is trimmed. Because usually Ogden cards are supposed to have a "Ogden's Cigarettes" logo/banner type of thing next to the picture. I'm guessing that that part was cut off and became lost to the sands of time. I still wanted this though as I'm a sucker for a cute face and a cuter perm.
The Saharet was nice but with no real assurance that it was from the 1890's I really wanted to get something that would bring my collection in the 19th century. So enter this 1890's Sweet Caporal N245 tobacco card of Carrie Wilson.
The back has substantial paper loss, but it's from the 1800's so who cares. I tried looking up who Carrie Wilson was but came up empty.
Still, this is super dope and I'm glad that I've finally been able to bring the 19th century into my collection.
One interesting thing with the Caporal N245 is that it's a bit warped/curved. I asked Andy Broome (the senior vintage trading card grader over at Beckett) if that's normal and he assured me that it is. In fact in a conversation with Nick he confirmed that it's due to some sort of coating put on the photographs/cards. Interesting stuff.
I'M ON A BOAT!
Ever since I first saw Billy Kingsley blog about the boats on Ogden's Cigarettes cards he got, I've wanted a copy for myself. Well okay I got two women first, but third time's the charm.
Here is the SS Lucania. A Cunard Line vessel that made several voyages from Liverpool to New York in the late 1890's and early 1900's. There's even a log of all of the trips it made here.
Okay fourth time's the charm, I got another boat to really nail down the "people who like old cards depicting boats" demographic I'm after (a total of 0 people).
This here is a Russian cruiser called "The Variag". A ship so important that it has its own Wikipedia article. One thing I learned on that page is that the Varyag (it can be spelled with both a y and i) was once part of the Imperial Japanese navy, cool!
So yeah, a ship that came to New York and another ship that was part of the Japanese navy. I picked wisely if I do say so myself as a Japanese New Yorker.
Alright, now let's get back to the 21st century with a minor league issued card of Bryce Harper.
Despite what you might think, these 2011 Hagerstown Suns cards are pretty common and affordable. Multi-Ad (and the Suns) tried to capitalize on Harper mania so they printed a lot of these cards out. There are several different types too. But in the end I'm always happy to get my hands on early pre-MLB Bryce Harper.
Hark a hockey card! Autographed at that! Of Rangers winger Jesper Fast. Near the end of the season when the Rangers just tried experimenting with putting players at various positions (or at least I think that's what they did since I'm still unsure of what Alain Vigneault was trying to accomplish), Fast started making some noise as an all around solid player. Also as a versatile player who'd be a great asset on any contending team. I assume that one of the questions surrounding the Rangers this offseason will be if they choose to hold on to or trade Jesper there. You could go either way with him.
Here's a guy who will be a part of the Rangers future going forward though. Pavel Buchnevich was pretty fun to watch whenever he actually got some playing time this past season. He'll be one of the many reasons why the Rangers rebuild won't take as long as it would for other teams. The guy makes shit happen.
And those were my pickups from the Andujar sale.
You know, I think this post might actually be the ultimate representation of what I really collect. This haul had Torrenses, other Yankees prospects (well okay only one here), Yu-Gi-Oh!, minor league cards, New York Rangers cards, weird gimmicky stuff, and ancient vintage that precedes the Titanic. Yeah that all sounds about right.
As of this post I still have some money left over because I'm waiting to see if something pops up, or if I'll finally pull the trigger on some miscellaneous stuff I'm after.
The only thing I really had on my radar that I didn't get to acquire is a Mats Zuccarello autograph but the ones I saw on eBay and COMC were very overpriced. Plus if he gets traded on/before the draft I know that his prices will crater so I can just wait for that.
As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).