Thursday, May 24, 2018

A Few Cheap Autographs

I got a few cards that I haven't seen Dennis post yet so here you go. I've been picking up a ton of relic and auto's of former Wolverines lately. I actually changed the way I search for player collections instead of searching for only up to a quarter, I search up to three bucks to include autos and relics and it's definitely made a difference on those former Wolverines whose cards are in their pro jerseys.

I'll start with the 2 non-relic/auto cards.

I know we've seen this photo here because Topps used it on a ton of his cards. I think I have 4 or 5 with this photo but somehow didn't have just the plain old Bowman Chrome. I picked this up for $.25/shipped. This is my 16th card of Taylor Lewan.

I also picked up this Leon Hall for only $.50/shipped. I upped my minimum bid for Michigan uniformed cards. I almost won this card twice as I bid on another one after I won this. I don't put them on my lists until I receive the card so I didn't realize I had just won it. Luckily, I got outbid on it.

This is my 6th card of Caris LeVert but it is my first autograph. I've bid on a couple of his but could never get one for $3 or under. This one comes to me for exactly $3/shipped, but wait, there's more. This one is also numbered 5/10, so how I won this and didn't win "lesser" autographs is beyond me but I'm certainly not going to complain.

This one may look familiar, it did to my collection as I believe it is the same card that Dennis sent me awhile ago, only this one is bigger. I haven't looked for sure but I think he sent me the mini version of this.  This is my 37th card of Shoelace, but only my 2nd autograph. I picked this up for $3/shipped as well.

This card was a steal in my mind. A Mike Hart (personal favorite) autograph, numbered to /99 and I picked it up for only $1.49/shipped. It is my 44th card of Mike Hart for my original pc guy of a former Wolverines.

I bid on a bunch of his card before I finally landed one and again, I bid on a bunch of the plain base autograph, didn't win, then ended up winning this one which is a purple die cut #'d /99. This is my 1st card of Channing Stribling and I picked it up for $2.49/shipped.

Another guy I bid on a bunch of times but couldn't win an auto cheap enough, so I cheated. Sine it was a Jake Butt in a Michigan uniform, I went a little higher on my bid. I still only won it for $4.25/shipped. It's my 5th card of Butt but my first autograph.

Last but not least, I overpaid for this card but it was for a good cause. I found a card shop in my area, it's not your traditional shop with showcases and such but you walk in and there are just a ton of boxes all over. quarter boxes, dime boxes and just boxes of rookies, stars, hof'ers ect. Oh yeah, and the lady that owns it I've known from other card shops for years. So I picked up a bunch of quarter cards that you'll see on my blog later, and I was going to pay with my debit but she was going to charge me a couple of bucks because she has a minimum to pay with a card. I understand, small business and all, so I grabbed this card and asked for a better deal then the $15 she was asking for. She knocked it down to $10 and I took it, mainly because I've known her awhile and I was excited at the prospect of having a shop to go to. I haven't been back yet because of work and she's not open very late in the evenings but I will go back. This is my 6th card of Darboh, 4 relics, this auto and a base card.

That's all I got for now so in closing, I'll leave you with the fact that we only have 100 days until our football season opener, against a team we better stomp their asses into the ground because I have personal stakes in it as I live just outside of South Bend.

Stay true to the Maize and Blue.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

2018 eBay purchase: Totally Chad

I suppose this probably won't top the new printing plate I showed off on TMV this afternoon but I'm happy to be posting something that at least rivals it over here.  We all know 1/1s are tough (even when there's four, as is the case with plates), but what about cards numbered to 10 or fewer copies?  Have you ever noticed that people really ask an arm and a leg most of the time?  I'll let you know if that was the case with this high-end hit:
The newest addition to my Chad Henne PC is this 2014 Totally Certified Awesome Autographs Gold auto.  Stickerphobes may shy away but I think this looks pretty cool, though I'm excited about it regardless as another hit of the former Michigan QB, my 115th overall (still way in the lead in the football collection!).  The Certified name has long been associated with nice color parallels and the gold here fits in nicely.  You might just see another version of this in a future post (spoiler:  not just 'might', you will see it because I got one on COMC).

So what's the big hubbub about the numbering?  This one is #4/5, making it just a bit more common than a printing plate set.  Fortunately the price wasn't crazy because I didn't really have to fight lots of other bidders off to win--my total was a bit under $9 delivered.  Where I begin to consider the price to be "crazy" is a starting price of $20 more more, basically more than most common printing plates should start at to say nothing of a card with five or more copies in existence.  So I was ultimately satisfied with my winning bit and another cool Henne!

Monday, May 14, 2018

2018 eBay purchase: Michigan memories

And once again I'm back after another random hiatus.  Besides the singles you saw somewhat recently I grabbed a couple complete sets on eBay, one I could show off on each blog.  I'm very excited about this one because it's all Michigan unis!

So what we're looking at here is a set that's apparently referred to as simply 1991 Michigan.  Put out by a company named Collegiate Classics (ok, name checks out) in--you guessed it--1991, it features 56 cards (plus an informational card) starring 58 former Wolverine greats from the following sports:  baseball, basketball (men's and women's), football, hockey, tennis, and softball.  Two women make the cut in a group otherwise dominated by football (26 cards) and the other major sports.  That's no surprise given the program's success, so design-wise it's the only sport that gets a different logo (the old block "M" is used otherwise) in the form of the signature winged helmet.

While we're talking design, the fronts are mainly white with maize trim.  A large outlined blue "Michigan" sits up top with "Wolverines" inset in much smaller letters.  The player name at the bottom is also blue along with the aforementioned logos, position, and years in Ann Arbor.

The backs start with maize surrounding a much lighter blue section that contains the write-up.  A maize block "M" sits in the upper-left corner, and an inset box repeats the name, position, and college year info.  These cards are not numbered and are sorted alphabetically by last name.

Besides being filled with football greats this set is cool because it gives me nice oddball additions (again, in Michigan uniforms!) to seven of my baseball PCs plus one hockey guy:  Jim Abbott, Barry Larkin, Hal Morris, Chris Sabo, Ted Sizemore, Lary Sorensen, Gary Wayne, and Red Berenson.  (Former pitcher-turned-superagent Casey Close is also in the mix, and if I can find more cards of him I'll consider creating an album.)

With all that in mind I didn't consider the $11+ price tag too steep.  It's not like it's super easy to find for sale as a set and it doesn't make sense to piece it together.

Here's all 56 cards, front and back:
That's all for this bunch, but stay tuned to TMV for a baseball boxed set that I think many of you will appreciate.