Redemption Thursday

Well in case you haven’t heard, my computer decided to take a crap on me. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t continue to provide some posts for you guys. It just means my posts won’t be completely as normal as usual, but that’s okay.

Anyway, today I received another redemption from Panini, this time from 2011 Panini Prime Signatures in which I reviewed awhile ago. This redemption wasn’t in there very long, which is always nice from the trading card companies. But the guy who signed the card probably doesn’t have much else to do…

2011 Prime Signatures Nathan Enderle Autograph #/49. Nathan who? Really, I have no idea who this guy is. Apparently the back of the card says he is a 5th round draft pick from the Bears. Panini boasts that he is accurate with a quick release and pocket presence. He was also hand picked by Mike Martz too, I guess.

Why he was late in returning autographs, we will never know. I believe he was what…3rd string? And his autograph coming as the sole hit from a $60 box is kinda sad. I mean, at least he isn’t a lineman or something. But still, that product was quite the gamble. At least Panini has some improvements set for this year’s version of the product.

Card of the Day: 2005-06 Upper Deck SP Game Used SIGnificance Dan Patrick Auto

With 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball released and some hot celebrity cards being pulled, like Kate Upton, it makes me ponder about the actual use of celebrities in sports card products.

For me, I know my opinion on the topic and stick with it. If you want celebrities in your products, they better be sports related. Having one set with a mix of celebrities is really as far as it goes before I want my head to explode. Allen & Ginter is it for me. However, having a related celebrity in other products isn’t terrible.

For instance, this Dan Patrick card is a great addition to the product because he is recognizable and directly relates to sports and the sport this card was inserted in, unlike Guy Fieri or boxers.

Dan Patrick not only was a great anchorman on SportsCenter, he is now a great radio host. Having his autograph would be an honor for any sports card collector or even fan and the card looks great.

Sometimes I Hate eBay

You can’t deny the usefulness of eBay when it comes to selling sports cards. It’s a great site and reaches the most possible buyers of whatever you are auctioning away.

However, sometimes I just hate eBay. And it’s not even the fees either. I recently sold my 2011 Topps Finest Finest Moments Cam Newton Auto RC /25 BGS 9.5 on eBay for what I thought was a completely fair price of $199.99. In fact, he may have gotten a deal with a couple recent sales of $220+.

I send the invoice and I’m waiting, and waiting, and waiting for a payment. I send him messages, no answer. Finally, I had to file a report on him for non-payment and had to wait 4 more days for something…anything to happen. In the meantime, I have a card I’m trying to sell to help pay for my wedding and honeymoon.

Needless to say, today was the last day to receive payment and nothing was received, so I was able to cancel the transaction and get my fees back.

I hate the times I’ve sold things on eBay only to get someone buying it who doesn’t pay. It doesn’t even have to be immediately, just within a couple of days. I rarely sell on eBay and it’s not even the first time this has happened.

Now I have to put the card back up on eBay again and try and get some action on it. So if there is anyone out there interested in a 2011 Topps Finest Finest Moments Cam Newton RC Auto /25 BGS 9.5, I have it up on eBay right now. And please, if you win it, at least have the money and the decency to actually pay for it.

A Time When Cards Aren’t Important

There is a time when cards just aren’t important. In fact, cards are so low on my priority list right now, it’s not something that I’m thinking about. I sit here trying to find something to write about, trying to think about anything at all. All that comes out is a blank slate that I can’t fill with cards.

Incidents like this affect me more than they affect other people. I’m not exactly sure why I feel such huge emotions by just watching things unfold on the news. Yesterday, I hadn’t watched enough of it to learn the real details, but with some down time today I was able to look more into it.

Being someone who studies and involved in security as a profession, my mind just goes over what could have been done both physically and in the past to prevent this from happening. It’s almost like a constant puzzle in my head.

So just stay close to your loved ones and enjoy the time you have here on this Earth. This is an isolated incident, so I hope it doesn’t get in the way of your every day life. Keep on, keepin’ on.

The Worst Conditioned Card in My Collection

Sports card collector are usually obsessed by condition. Condition not only makes cards that much more visually appealing, but it increases the value of the card exponentially. So why not share the card in the worst condition from my collection? Bloggers Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle and The Chronicles of Fuji showcased theirs, now it’s my turn.

This card was recently featured on my first BGS mail day post as a card that I actually had graded. Why would I grade a card that is in terrible condition is a question in itself, but it definitely takes the cake as the worst conditioned card in my collection.

1909-12 T206 Sweet Caporal Frank Isbell BGS 1.5

Now having a BGS 1.5 in itself is proof of the terrible condition of this card. You can barely make out the player name on the bottom of the card at this point.

Here’s the story behind the card though. When I first started collecting cards again back in 2005, I bought one of those dutch auctions on eBay. Basically it’s a grab bag with a ton of different cards throw in. I received a couple of pretty cool cards from players I was a fan of, but also this little guy was tucked in there. I knew it was old when I found the card, but wasn’t sure exactly how old it was. I wasn’t that well versed at the time with vintage cards, and I’m still not. But this is just one of those iconic sets that once you learn about, you will never forget.