Clayton Richard 2013 Topps Sapphire (#11/25)
Yes, it's one of Topps' MANY parallels from the 2010s, but the good news is that I kind of like the Sapphires, like this one that set me back a bit more than $4 delivered. The low-but-not-insanely-low numbering makes them challenging but interesting to collect, and while a standard blue is my favorite parallel color, the sapphire effect is nice. In the flagship/Mini rainbow I still have a ways to go, but I now own 10/17 (not counting Padres Topps or the Stickers set), so I'm making good progress.
By the way, milestone #1 for today is that this card gives me exactly 100 in Clayton's PC, including the four plates I own. Of the guys in my player collections, he's the fourth to hit the century mark (Hill, Larkin, Putz). I'm also just shy of having acquired 2/3 of his issues to-date, which is exciting as well!
Rich Hill 2008 Topps Chrome Red Refractor (#11/25)
New Rich Hill #1 of 2 today is this beautiful '08 Chrome Red Refractor, which is a very close second to blue when it comes to these wonderful parallels. Like the Richard, it's limited to 25 copies, and in a fun coincidence, it's actually numbered exactly the same. This also happens to finish my second 2008 rainbow--flagship/Chrome--as I completed the Bowman/Chrome project last year. At some point I may finally get around to showing both of those off! Having gotten into Ice Cold Gold recently, this red Rich might just give me a case of ruby fever at a relatively minuscule cost of $5 delivered.
Rich Hill 2007 Upper Deck Premier Emerging Stars Autographs Triple auto (with Hamels and Liriano) (#18/50)
Hey, that's actually a pretty good triple autograph card! I'd been after one of these for a while, but with prices upwards of $40, I said no freakin' way, at least until someone was nice enough to kick off an auction with a $0.99 starting price. I thought I might have more competition, but instead I locked it down for a little over $11 shipped. Not only am I satisfied to get another Hill autograph, I also can now claim to own signatures of Hamels and Liriano in my collection. While I don't think I would have chased them individually, it's cool to have them on a card along with Rich, who moves up to 217 non-1/1s today.
Speaking of Mr. Hill, today's second milestone is also century mark-themed: this autograph finally gives me my first 100-hit player in any of my PCs! The player who represents nearly 40% of my Michigan Baseball PC is light years ahead of the next best, football's Jake Long and his 67. By my counts, his hits collection comprises 63 autographs and 12 1/1s, and is larger than the next five such players in the baseball collection, which goes to show just how much I value my #1 PC. Definitely a fun achievement to celebrate, and I ended up with something worthy of the honor.
Stay tuned as I continue my JustCommons pickups series, and I'll also let you know that you can look forward to some 2014 COMC scores as well, just around the corner!