I picked up a pair of certified autographed cards on Listia recently for 999 credits each. The first is a Stadium Club card of Travis Denker. I love Stadium Club cards from any year. The photos are always great. Denker was last seen playing for the Laredo Lemurs in the American Association. But, he did get his cup of coffee at least. The second card features Andy LaRoche. LaRoche is still hanging out in the big leagues. He used to be the next big thing for the Dodgers back in 2005. But looking back, it was brother Adam who made a bigger impact in the majors. LaRoche is currently with the White Sox organization.
I picked up a pair of early Bernie Williams cards on Listia for just 23 credits. The cards are from 1992 Score and 1993 Topps. These are second and third year cards respectively. Bernie still looked like a dorky kid in these photos. I'm fairly certain that I already own both cards, but you can't have too much Bernie. And the price was right.
OK, so here is my second A.J. Burnett purchase on Listia. It's a 1999 Topps Chrome Traded rookie card graded PSA 9. It only set me back 2,500 credits. I have always had a soft spot in my heart for 1999 Topps Traded and its Chrome counterpart. It had rookie cards of Adam Dunn, Carl Crawford, CC Sabathia, Josh Hamilton, Alfonso Soriano, and about a hundred guys who now work in a car wash. I had bought individual cards from the set over the years, but never a card of Burnett. I was also tempted to buy the base set as it contained an autograph. I never bought one though, fearing that I would pull a Mike Nannini autograph. Anyway, I am pleased to add the Burnett card to the collection.
A.J. Burnett has been a rather respectable starting pitcher with many teams over the years. He was garbage with the Yankees, but decent elsewhere. I recently picked up 2 of his cards on Listia from different sellers. The first is this Topps 206 game used jersey card. That's a swatch of bright green jersey for those of you keeping track. That's pretty unusual. It made the card stand out to me. And it only cost about 1,000 credits which is economical. Stay tuned for the second Burnett card.
I picked up a pair of 2013 Topps Sticker cards on eBay for less than a quarter. Both cards are Giants: Sergio Romo and Matt Cain. I have inadvertently been accumulating Cain's cards for quite some time, however I have very few of Romo. I'm not a big fan of sticker cards, in general. These cards remind me of the sticker cards found in the 1980's. The stickers don't actually have a practical purpose. But if we need them, they will be there.
After a long period of no returns, I finally received a TTM autograph in my mailbox this week. It comes from Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers. It was postmarked from Dallas, TX. I originally sent it to Dodgers Spring Training in Arizona last March. The return took 339 days, but was well worth it. The card is a 2011 Topps base card and is signed beautifully in blue Sharpie. I'm thrilled to get the card back. I doubt many 3 time Cy Young Award winners would take the time to sign. Very cool.
I won a Listia auction for this 2013 Topps Heritage of Logan Forsythe recently. Forsythe is sort of a spare part for the Rays these days. However, I like Topps Heritage, so I pulled the trigger. Also, most importantly, the card only cost me 4 credits. That's a rounding error. That being said, how hard is it to put a baseball card in a penny sleeve before putting it in a plain white envelope? I'm not complaining. I am just making a public service announcement.
I recently purchased 3 packs of 2014
Topps Chrome which happened to come with the bonus 3 card pack of
Orange Refractors. The Orange Refractors turned out to be the best
cards of these packs. Without further ado, here are the spoils.
I have been a New York Yankees fan for my entire life. I have collected baseball cards for over 20 years. I did take a brief hiatus from 1996 to 2004. Nine years is brief, right? I prefer cards made after 2004. I also prefer cards that measure 2.5 in. by 3.5 in. I also have a thing against baseball cards that don't feature a baseball player. I collect all teams and players, even the Red Sox.