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My 10 Favorite Card Purchases of 2011: Number 8

December 31, 2011 Leave a comment


Card #8 on the list is a 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Dustin Ackley Turn of the Century Autograph /75 graded BGS 9.5. As stated earlier, I prefer EEE to Bowman Chrome, so I love having this card in my collection.

I purchased the card ungraded on checkoutmycards.com earlier in the year. It looked good in the scans and I was happy when it looked just as good when I had it shipped to me. EEE cards are very susceptible to edge chipping and bad corners because they always have dark borders. I couldn’t have been happier when this came back graded gem mint from BGS.

Ackley had a decent rookie season batting .276 and playing solid 2B for a miserable Seattle Mariners team. As the Mariners get better, I believe Ackley will develop into a .300 hitter with 15-20 home run power. I’m looking forward to seeing a full season from him in 2012.

My 10 Favorite Card Purchases of 2011: Number 10

December 31, 2011 Leave a comment


This list is always fun to put together. It’s also very challenging to put together because I wait until the last minute and have to remember if I made the purchase in 2011. This could lead to a New
Years resolution of getting more organized. I will preface this list by saying that a few of my favorite purchases of 2011 are at BGS being graded right now. I will not mention them in this list since they’re not currently in my possession. Who knows, they may not be favorite purchases if they don’t come back with good grades. I’ll post the results of that submission when it arrives in a couple weeks.

#10 on this list is a 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Jurickson Profar Franchise Futures autograph /390 graded PSA 10. I didn’t go back and look, but this may have been the earliest purchased card of 2011 that made the list. EEE usually hits the streets in December, so I’m sure that I purchased in January or February. For me, I always prefer a gem mint copy of an EEE rookie over a Bowman Chrome rookie. I know the EEE value is going to be less, but they’re so much harder to get a gem mint grade on. The cards are typically numbered much lower as well. For these reasons, I had to have this card.

Profar is an elite shortstop prospect in the Texas Rangers organization. Baseball America doesn’t release their Rangers Top 10 prospects list until January 30th. When they do, I’m certain that Profar is going to be #1. Martin Perez got the honors in their 2011 list.

Mail Week – 2/19/2011

February 19, 2011 Leave a comment

I had an awesome mail week this week. Here is the list of what I got, followed by the picture of it all.

1. 2010 Bowman Draft Chrome Autographed Refractor Grant Green 011/500
2. 2010 Bowman Draft Chrome Autographed Refractor Grant Green 419/500
3. 2010 Topps Pro Debut Gold Aaron Hicks 35/50
4. 2010 Topps USA Autographs Jason Esposito
5. 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition TOTC Autographs Dustin Ackley 45/75
6. 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Autographs Jameson Taillon 099/699
7. 2010 Bowman Chrome Wrapper Redemption Team USA Autographs Francisco Lindor 81/99
8. 2010 Bowman Chrome Team USA Autographed Refractors Dillon Maples 197/199

Grant Green, Dustin Ackley, Jameson Taillon and Aaron Hicks are guys I’ve been actively buying for a while now. I love the Ackley card as it’s only numbered to 75 and cost me less than $50. Lindor, Maples and Esposito are a few of the 2010 Team USA guys that I’ve been looking to purchase lately. I got the Lindor for below $30 so I was happy with that purchase.

2010 Donruss Basketball Rack Pack Break

January 16, 2011 Leave a comment

I haven’t purchased any cards at Target or Wal-Mart in over a month. I got the urge to buy some new product the last few days so I splurged on a few items.

The first one I’m posting is 2010 Donruss Basketball. I picked up two rack packs, which are $5.98 each at Wal-Mart. Each rack pack comes with 40 cards. If you’re looking for rookies, each rack comes with 4. The rookie cards use the classic Donruss Rated Rookie logo.

The cards are glossy on the front and cardboard on the back. Each card has a silver foil Donruss logo on the in the lower right corner of the card. To be honest, the cards look and feel cheap to me. The one positive, in my opinion, is the classic Donruss Baseball look on the back of the card. I like the backs and the Rookie Rookie logo, not much else to like here.

I got a few good cards out of my two racks, a Dwayne Wade Production Line jersey card numbered /399, a Kevin Durant die-cut Production Line insert with a green foil Donruss logo (not numbered) and a Lebron James Production Line Prism insert (not numbered). I ended up with 9 rookies because I got one die-cut rookie parallel.

Overall, I’d say this is a nice product for a young basketball collector. I haven’t seen the base Panini basketball product this year, but last year I bought some and didn’t care for the design or quality of the cards at all. If the 2010 base Panini Basketball is anything like the 2009 set, I’d buy Donruss instead.

My First Priority Purchase of the New Year

January 7, 2011 Leave a comment

One week ago I gave you my collecting priorities for 2011. Today I share with you my first vintage purchase. I picked up this 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson rookie graded BVG 8.5 NM/MT on eBay for $60 this week. I was planning all along to pick up a PSA 8, but I saw that BVG 8.5’s only run about $10-$15 more so I decided to go that route.

I feel like Rickey Henderson’s rookie is one of the more undervalued rookies for a member of the Hall of Fame. Henderson holds a record that will never be eclipsed, 1,406 stolen bases. Lou Brock is the next “closest” on the list at 938. I just can’t see this record being broken seeing as stealing bases has become somewhat of a lost art. Juan Pierre has the highest total of any active player with 527.

The other aspect that makes this card really desirable to me is that it’s Henderson’s only rookie card. 1980 was the last year that Topps was the sole producer of baseball cards. Donruss joined, and Fleer re-joined the hobby in 1981. The rest is history.

My 10 Favorite Card Purchases of 2010: Number 1

December 31, 2010 1 comment


Picking my #1 purchase of the year was the easiest card to select in this list. It really wasn’t even close. Brett Anderson is by far the main player that I collect. My collection consists of mostly rookie cards from 2007, but I’m always looking for anything rare of his. Right now I’m working on his 2009 SP Authentic By the Name set. I currently have four of the eight letters. I’m always looking for low numbered inserts and parallels of his as well.

Anderson was drafted in the second round of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was traded to the A’s in 2007 as part of the Dan Haren trade. Anderson made his major league debut in 2009 and didn’t disappoint. He went 11-11 with a 4.06 ERA and 150 strikeouts with only 45 walks. He struggled with elbow injuries last year and only made 19 starts. When he started, he was dominant. He went 7-6 with a 2.80 ERA and 75 strikeouts with only 22 walks. His slider is his top pitch. It’s a beautiful thing to see him drop that slider on the back foot of a right handed batter for the third strike.

The card pictured is his 2007 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Gold Status Autograph graded BGS 9.5 gem mint. Only five of these cards exist. I purchased this raw on eBay taking a chance that the condition was as good as the seller said it was. It turned out to be an accurate description as it came back a gem from BGS. I was thrilled to just own the card, having it grade so high was icing on the cake.

I’m hopeful that Anderson can stay healthy in 2011 and show everyone that he is one of the elite left handed pitchers in the game.

My 10 Favorite Card Purchases of 2010: Number 4

December 30, 2010 Leave a comment


Grant Green immediately became one of my prospect targets when he returned a TTM request I sent to him at USC. Any modern player that signs through the mail is alright in my book.

Baseball America recently rated Green the #1 prospect in the A’s organization. That bodes well for my ever-growing collection of his cards. He’ll start 2011 in AA and work his way up to AAA at some point. He’s projected to be playing shortstop for the A’s sometime in 2012. Green’s bat is there and consistent, the concern is his fielding. His arm is on the fringe to play shortstop in the majors.

For every prospect I collect, I always try to land a Donruss Elite Extra Edition Status Autograph numbered to 5. They’re obviously very hard to find, but I’ve been successful with a couple of the players I collect. This is another one of those cards that I saw on eBay and knew that I had to win, no matter what the price ended at. The price, if I recall, was somewhere in the $65 range, a bargain in my opinion.