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 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.