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Scans from the 2010 Topps Chrome Baseball Case Break

October 29, 2010 Leave a comment

AUTOGRAPHS

RED, GOLD and BLUE NON-INSERT REFRACTORS

REGULAR REFRACTORS

REGULAR AND BLUE INSERT REFRACTORS

KEY BASE ROOKIES

CheckOutMyCards.com is worth a look

May 16, 2009 3 comments

Earlier this week, Mario over at Wax Heaven posted about purchasing some cards for his Canseco collection from CheckOutMyCards.com. I joined the site about three months ago and have been meaning to post about it. Mario’s post inspired me to do that.

I’ve purchased and sold cards on CheckOutMyCards.com. I actually started out selling cards on the site before I ever made a purchase. I’d been thinking about it for a while and initially tested it out by sending 10 vintage baseball star cards that weren’t in great shape. I was quite pleased when they all sold within a week of being posted on the site. I set the prices a bit higher than what I could get on eBay and had no trouble getting it.

Since then, I have sent over 1,000 cards to be added to my account. I’ve sold 45% of those cards to date. I price my cards anywhere from 50% – 95% off of Beckett book value.

The beauty of CheckOutMyCards.com is the process of adding your cards to the site. You package up your cards and send them off. That’s it. They scan the front and back of your card, look up the book values, add credit to your account when they sell and ship them out. It’s so easy. They charge anywhere from 15 cents to 50 cents per card to add them to the site, depending how fast you want them added. Once your cards sell, you can use your credit to purchase other cards or cash out. You can request a check or a Paypal payment. They take 20% off your payout if you choose to cash out. When you consider eBay fees + Paypal fees + your time, this is not a bad deal.

The great part about this site is that you can sell cards that don’t traditionally sell on eBay. True collectors seem to be a large part of the purchasers. I’ve noticed that I’ll sell multiples of the same player to the same buyer or multiple cards from the same set. The best part is that there’s no rush to sell your cards, they can just sit there until they sell.

I’m thrilled with the site so far and will continue to use it for selling and purchasing cards. In fact, I’m sending off another shipment of 150 cards tomorrow morning. I’ve also made a couple purchases in the past two weeks. I found some 2009 Topps Heritage SP singles that I needed and I got some 1960 Topps Pittsburgh Pirates cards for my autograph project.

Shameless plug: my cards on checkoutmycards.com

The site has a “make an offer” feature, just like eBay. Feel free to make me offers on any of my cards. The prices are low but can always go lower.

Don Larsen TTM Success

April 10, 2009 Leave a comment

Date sent: 3/11/09
Date returned: 4/2/09

This is another example of a request I sent off where the player charges a fee for his autograph. So, as with the Johnny Bench request, I sent Don Larsen his rookie card, a 1954 Bowman. As I said before, I feel that it’s safer to send more valuable items when a player charges for his autograph. Don Larsen only charges $7 to sign a card.

I was thinking it would be nice to have the famous photo of Larsen and Berra after the ’56 World Series perfect game signed too. I will purchase one of those on eBay soon and send that off. My first priority is always to get a rookie card signed, when possible and affordable.

It’s amazing how cheap you can pick up some great vintage rookie cards on eBay if you’re not too concerned about condition. I think I only paid about $7 before shipping for this Larsen. It has a crease but I don’t really care about that if I’m only getting it for an autograph.

Johnny Bench TTM Success

April 9, 2009 3 comments

Date sent: 3/11/09
Date returned: 4/3/09

Sorry for the lapse in updates. I was in Phoenix for a wedding a mini vacation. It was a great time and the weather was perfect.

I was quite happy finding this return from Johnny Bench in my mailbox when I got back in town. Bench charges $40 to sign cards through Johnny Bench Enterprises. Whenever a player charges for autographs (or asks for donations), I usually feel safe sending something more valuable. I’m not sure if everyone feels the same.

With this request, I decided to send Bench’s best card, his 1968 Topps rookie. It was a bit of a risk but I was willing to take it. It was already one of my favorite cards in my collection before it was signed. Now it’s so much cooler.

I got a few more really great returns while I was out of town. I’ll post those over the next few days. What’s cool is that they’re all rookie cards. I prefer getting rookie cards signed over anything else.

BGS Order Has Arrived

March 30, 2009 Leave a comment

I sent an order to BGS last month taking advantage of the February Grading Special ($7 per card). The results were about as good as I could hope for. I sent 20 cards and received seven 9.5’s, eleven 9’s and two 8.5’s.

Here are all the cards I sent listed with their grade:

View scans of the entire order by clicking here

BGS 8.5 – 1975 Topps Mini Enos Cabell
BGS 9.5 – 2004 Bowman Chrome Aflac Cameron Maybin
BGS 9.0 – 2004 Bowman Chrome Aflac Cameron Maybin
BGS 9.0 – 2005 Bowman Chrome Aflac Chris Tillman
BGS 9.0 – 2005 Bowman Chrome Aflac Chris Tillman
BGS 9.5 – 2006 Topps Aflac Promo Madison Bumgarner
BGS 9.0 – 2006 Topps Aflac Promo Madison Bumgarner
BGS 9.5 – 2006 Topps Aflac Promo Jason Heyward
BGS 9.0 – 2006 Topps Aflac Promo Jason Heyward
BGS 9.0 – 2006 Topps Aflac Promo Jason Heyward
BGS 9.5 – 2006 Topps Chrome Josh Johnson Autograph
BGS 9.0 – 2006 Topps Chrome Josh Johnson Autograph
BGS 9.5 – 2007 Topps Aflac Promo Robbie Grossman
BGS 9.0 – 2007 Topps Aflac Promo Aaron Hicks
BGS 9.0 – 2007 Topps Aflac Promo Aaron Hicks
BGS 8.5 – 2007 Bowman Chrome Refractor Madison Bumgarner
BGS 9.5 – 2007 Bowman Chrome Refractor Jason Heyward
BGS 9.0 – 2007 Bowman Chrome Refractor Jason Heyward
BGS 9.0 – 2007 Donruss Elite TOTC Brett Anderson Autograph
BGS 9.5 – 2008 Bowman Draft Aflac Autograph Quinton Miller