Saturday, March 9, 2013

2013 eBay purchase #13: call me Richmael

Just one card to show off today, but like Highlander, there could only BE one, namely a card that would make Old Ahab proud:

Rich Hill 2008 Topps Triple Threads White Whale Printing Plates BB triple jersey auto (1/1)

I've put together a decent number of Rich's 2008 Triple Threads variants over the years, and I can now say that I've reached the 1/3 mark:  9/27.  That includes 1/1s, like this guy above, and the other one currently in my possession.  That's certainly a lot, especially when you consider that he has nine 1/1s in this series alone, but I tend to collect those for fun, not because I have to have ALL THE ONE-OF-ONES, you know.

This one came to me courtesy of the only bid on an auction that ended the other day:  $19 plus another $2 for shipping.  Certainly not cheap, but for the right card, I'm willing to go around that amount, especially since I haven't thrown down a whole lot of money this month so far.

This White Whale joins the ranks of my other 1/1s, which are near a milestone of their own at 19 strong.  It's also my 77th Hill hit and 185th IHAS card overall; I definitely can't wait to hit 100 and 200, respectively.

So to celebrate a one-of-a-kind card and the fast-approaching baseball season, why not a one-of-a-kind baseball song, thanks to a heads-up from fantastic blogger Shlabotnik Report: