I purchased this 2009 Goudey game-used jersey card of Melvin Mora on Listia for 429 credits. I couldn’t resist at this price. Mora started out as a prospect for the Mets. I am actually a former owner of his 1999 Fleer Update rookie card. There is an obscure reference. His best days were with the Orioles. He last played for the D-Backs. At the age of 40, his career is probably over. He had a good run though.
I purchased this 2012 Topps A Cut Above card of Dustin Pedroia on eBay for just 5 cents with free shipping. I am not a fan of the Red Sox or Pedroia. But I will pay a nickel for a 2012 Topps insert any day of the week.
Merry Christmas Scott Kazmir. Your gift is a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians. I consider this a gift given that your career had fallen off the face of the earth, and you were last seen pitching for the Sugarland Skeeters in independent ball. Kazmir had about 5 good years and was a 2 time All-Star. But then, his ERA skyrocketed north of 5.00. I assumed that Kazmir would just fade away. I guess I was wrong.
I recently purchased a lot of three Jake Peavy"game-used" jersey cards on Listia for 1,571 credits. That’s about 524 credits per card. My favorite card of the lot is the 2006 Allen & Ginter. I have a thing for Allen & Ginter. The other cards are a 2006 Sweet Spot and 2006 MLB Artifacts. The Sweet Spot card features an oversized jersey swatch. Peavy recently signed a new contract with the White Sox. The White Sox may have gotten a bargain if Peavy can stay healthy.
I bought this 2008 UD First Edition card of Robinson Cano on eBay. The price was 6 cents shipped. I am a Yankee fan so that was a pretty good deal. I was surprised that I won this card for so cheap. First Edition is the equivalent of Topps Opening Day. It is non-glossy and no frills. But that’s OK with me.
My latest Listia purchase was a 2005 Fleer Patchworks game-used jersey card of Michael Young. The card only cost 500 credits and I was the only bidder on this auction. Young is a new addition to the Phillies after spending the bulk of his career with the Rangers. I have always liked Young because his game is built around a high batting average and lots of hits. Maybe the Yankees could trade Youkilis for Young. Just a thought.
I picked up a pair of 2012 Topps Heritage packs for less than $3.00 total. That's not a terrible price for loose packs. I didn’t get anything fabulous. But I did get two short prints in Juan Nicasio and Jonny Venters. The cards are colorful and provide a great non-glossy surface for autograph seeking down the road.
I purchased this 2010 Topps card of Jonathan Lucroy on Listia. It set me back all of 7 credits. And after all, it’s Lucroy’s rookie card. The logo on the card says so. So I will sell this card someday to fund my retirement. Probably not. Although Lucroy is a serviceable catcher for the Brewers, I doubt that he would ever be considered Hall of Fame material. In any event, it’s a nice looking card to add to the collection.
I recently purchased this 2012 Topps card of Rex Brothers on eBay for the grand total of one cent with free shipping. To be honest, I had no clue who Rex Brothers was when I entered my bid. But I did know the meaning of 2012 Topps and one cent. After a quick query on the old search engine, (I use SwagBucks, but Google is fine too.) I discovered that the subject on this card has 123 games worth of experienced as a big league reliever. And he doesn’t really suck either. He has a 3.49 career ERA over 108.1 innings. Unfortunately, Mr. Brothers plays in Colorado for the Rockies which is not exactly a high profile team. At least free agency will rescue Rex if he sticks around for a while.
I picked up this 2008 Upper Deck First Edition card of Garrett Atkins for only 5 credits on Listia. That’s about one cent and change. I posted recently about a Garrett Atkins autograph that I also purchased on Listia. To my surprise, Atkins had virtually disappeared from baseball. That may explain why his cards seem to be on sale.
My latest Listia purchase was a 2009 Upper Deck Starquest card of Kevin Youkilis. I couldn’t resist buying this Red Sox card at only 8 credits. It was a bit easier to make this purchase knowing that Youkilis is no longer on the Red Sox. In fact, he is a free agent this offseason. Last year, he managed only a .235 average with the Red Sox and White Sox. That’s a disappointing performance in a free agency year.
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.