Where'd the time go? It's 11:24 pm and in exactly 36 minutes my little girl will be one years old. This time last year my wife was getting prep'd for surgery and I had no clue just how much my life was about to change. Being a father has by far been the greatest achievement of my life. It hasn't been easy, but it has always been a joy. Part of being a new daddy has been the realization that my hobby is going to take a back seat from here on out... a lot.
So I haven't bought a single box in the last year. But I have made a few trades and have purchased one or two packs very sparingly. And I'm happy to report that I've made some good pulls! As well I've acquired a few cards for the PC and that would include not one, but TWO Lost Cards.
That's right boys, Woogie has his Lost Cards down to just 3!!!
The first one I got back was the Steve Carlton Fleer Greats of the Game autograph card. In order to get it I traded away a couple of solid cards from the collection including my Pete Rose autograph card from his Leaf product and a 1982 Donruss Cal Ripken Jr. RC. Check'em out below.
The seller was really cool to work with and the transaction couldn't have gone more smooth! Welcome back Steve Carlton!
Check out all the Lost Cards that have made there way home since I've started blogging about this quest.
Once I pulled this trade off I felt my luck was getting hot. I was trolling eBay and found one of the 206 mini booklets I needed for the low price of $10. I took a chance and just put the minimum bid and ended up being the only one interested enough to put one in. So all of a sudden my 206 collection is only 4 shy of being complete. Check out the latest edition!
2010 Topps 206 mini booklet Lincecum and Halladay. Take a look at the total lot!
I posted about this newest addition to a new Facebook group for Baseball Card collectors hoping that one of the 6,000 strong members had one of the 4 left. Sure enough someone messaged me that they have an extra Josh Hamilton/Hunter Pence and are going to hook me up with it! I can't believe my luck sometimes! I haven't been at this a whole year and I'm just three shy of a complete set of case hits!
If you or anyone you know has Sabathia/Pettitte, Mauer/Bench, or Utley/Howard please let me know. I'm ready to make some deals!
The mojo doesn't stop there either. I found myself on a rare occasion with a $10 spot in my pocket. Now i've already said I haven't purchased any boxes since my daughter was born, but I really haven't even picked up any packs either. Well I couldn't take sitting on the side lines any more and had to get a few packs of the new 2014 Topps Heritage. My LCS had them for $3 a pack so I picked up 3 and then a 2012 Topps Series 2 pack for $1 out of the dollar bin.
I sat in my car and ripped them open. What a rush! Ripping wax for the first time in a year and I actually hit on two relic cards and both are solid hits! Check it out!
2012 Topps Cut Above Tim Lincecum relic 9/50 and 2014 Topps Heritage Chris Sale relic with pin stripe!
I didn't pull really much out of the other two packs of Heritage, but who cares! I got the hit from the box!
That'd be enough action to last me the new few months or so but it doesn't end there. I found another Lost Card online. The seller and I talked trade for a bit, but couldn't come to an agreement, but at the same time this specific card is so short printed and hard to come by that I couldn't pass it up. It was online for $30 or Best offer. I offered $20 and he accepted. I'd have like to have gotten a better deal, but I can't complain! Welcome back the latest Lost Card!
2008 Topps Triple Threads Eddie Murray STEADY 6x relic /27.
This means I'm down to just 3 Lost Cards left. The Mantle and Jeter are pretty much always popping up on ebay. It's just a matter of finding someone who is interested enough to trade with me. The Juan Marichal is going to be a different story. It's the one Lost Card I have yet to see pop up on ebay. I see in Beckett it's print run is listed as 90 so it is a SP. Hopefully it pops up soon and I can jump all over it.
The additions to the collection have been awesome and the Cave looks great. I'll be excited when I complete this mission and I appreciate everyone who has been along for the ride. I ended up staying up late tonight to watch my Orioles win in the 10th inning for their 5th in a row. Hopefully they can get the sweep tomorrow for a nice Mother's Day/Birthday gift for my two favorite girls.
As I end this blog post it is 12am on the nose. Happy Birthday to my wonderful daughter Julia Ruth!
Daddy loves you.
Thanks for reading!
Till next time