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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Trade With The Dutch Card Guy: Part 2 - Clayton Kershaw 2015 Gypsy Queen Auto-Relic /50, BGS 9-10 AU!

Here's Part 2 and the first follow-up to what was my second trade with Jeroen of The Dutch Card Guy fame from November of 2016. I purchased three big cards from him and decided to wait until they returned from Beckett before showcasing them. Then, I just fell into my recent habit of being really slow in getting blogging done. So, finally, here's the first card I snagged.

Kid K! This beautiful auto-relic of Clayton Kershaw hails from 2015 Gypsy Queen and is numbered 45/50. It returned from BGS in a 9-10 AU holder and though it is a 9, it is at least a pretty strong 9 with no sub-grades below a 9. The John Hancock is on-card -- and hey, Clayton didn't run it to the edge oh snap yesssssss -- and he even inscribed his number to boot. It's a wonderful addition to my Minotaur PC.

Thanks Jeroen!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

1938 Wheaties Series 10 Hand Cut, SGC Authentic: Paul "Big Poison" Waner!

We recently listed a bunch of Dodgers' Wheaties items at work and my desire to see all of the cool stuff we get in at work ended up costing me money when all was said and done. After checking out our newest items I decided to browse eBay and enjoy the coolness that is a vintage Wheaties box panel in all of its full glorious-ness. But of course, I couldn't just admire from a distance.

One seller on eBay was selling a bunch of these beauties and I was down to just a couple that really caught my eye. I ended up winning one, and it just so happened to be of Hall of Famer and once upon a time Brooklyn Dodger Big Poison, Paul Waner. Waner is pictured as a Pirate, which is the team I associate him with. I didn't even know he had been a Dodger until after I bought the Wheaties partial box. It's graded an Authentic and housed in a sweet SGC holder.

I'll take Mr. Waner over a blaster and a loose pack or two any day of the cardboard week. He makes for a fine addition to my Vintage PC.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Clayton Kershaw 2015 Topps Heritage '51 Collection Blue Back Autographs, #'d 05/25: BGS 9.5-10 Auto!

I couldn't be happier concerning the card I get to showcase today. I landed it back in late September of last year as the sole bidder. I got a steal on it (with free shipping to boot) and was able to pay for it entirely through the fruits of selling for the first time ever at a card show. I parted with a Jered Weaver patch as well as two mystery packs I created for the show that included 5 hits. So for the price of 11 hits I had no interest in I was able to land a brand new Clayton Kershaw John Hancock, limited to just 25 copies as the icing on the cardboard cake.

It's a trade I would make 101 times out of 100 opportunities. Fast forward to earlier this year and I sent it off to Beckett in the hopes of a good grade. My hopes were answered when this beauty, numbered 05/25, returned with a gorgeous gold banner as a 9.5-10 AU. I dig the 1951 Topps design as that set is great in and of itself. Thanks again to Penguin for submitting to BGS for me!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Corey Seager: 2016 Topps Gypsy Queen Rookie Autograph, BGS 9.5-10 Auto!

I was thrilled to see this particular card come back with a very strong showing from my recent batch of cardboard that was slabbed by the folks at Beckett. There are around half a dozen Seager rookie or "rookie" autos that I want as the centerpieces of my Corey Collection and this 2016 Gypsy Queen offering is one of them.

Gypsy is always a tough brand to get high grades on as the corners are touchy by nature. I was somewhat surprised the corners came out so well on this one and thankfully every sub-grade followed suit as quad 9.5s resulted in this beautiful BGS 9.5-10 signature addition to my PC. The card itself was a steal late last year for $37 and change. Thanks as always to Dodger Penguin for the submission help!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Clayton Kershaw 2016 Five Star Silver Signatures Green #'d /15: BGS 9.5-10 AU

Yet another return from my batch of cards sent to Beckett for slabbing. I landed this 2016 Topps Five Star Silver Signatures Green Parallel of Kid K himself, Clayton Kershaw, off of eBay for a steal. Five Star cards are so thick I knew there could be inherent corner issues but thankfully nothing of the sort creeped up when the card was redeemed and later slabbed.

Numbered 04/15, this gorgeous piece of cardboard now resides in a comfortable BGS holder with that lovely 9.5-10 AU title.