Thursday, August 11, 2016

2016 eBay purchase: a heady LaMarre (again)

Well I guess I should post at least once in a while to keep up appearances.  I've been enjoying some nice warm Michigan summer weather and also took a quick trip out to L.A. over the weekend to visit friends, so my lack of posting isn't 100% laziness at least.

Let's take a gander at my final purchase from July, which was another eBay one-off pickup:
Ryan LaMarre 2016 Topps Allen and Ginter Mini Framed Printing Plates Cyan (1/1)
Well hey, it's former Reds prospect-turned Red Sox-turned minor leaguer Ryan LaMarre!  The former second round pick collected just two hits in a 21 game cup of coffee with Cincy last season, then failed to record anything besides a walk and a run in five games with Boston this year before being sent down.  That's why I'm a bit surprised Topps included him in this year's flagship product, and even more amazed that he made the cut for A&G, and as a short print no less (don't get me started on that crap...).

I'll be chasing that seven-card rainbow (ugh, five minis) as I can, but for now I'm apparently starting with one of his plates!  A couple of the colors went up for sale last month after the initial busting frenzy and I was lucky enough to grab this Cyan version for $15 on the nose.  While this makes me a broken record, I'm not a fan at all of products like A&G but very much like Topps' framed cards, be they Silks, relics/autos, or plates like this one.

This is actually my second LaMarre 1/1, and you may recall seeing the other one back in May.  It's my 11th hit of the former Wolverine, and 58th overall 1/1 card from all collections.

Now if I could just find reasonable prices for his other A&G stuff....


  1. The magic words were Red Sox if you were looking for a reason on why his card was created.

    1. Good point. Now I'm glad he didn't play for the Brewers! (Sorry, Tony L.)