|2003 Topps #3 Jimmy Rollins|
I think this may be the first time I paid 10 cents for a card and went through the trouble of scanning both sides. Anyway, it's 2003 Topps #3, which filled a need in my Topps #3 collection. I'm now up to 62%, not including the 4 I have in my Topps Diamond Giveaway account. I also went through the bargain relic/auto box. The cost was $4 a relic and $5 an auto, and buy 3 get one free. The price is pretty reasonable considering the selection in the box. I would say 30% of the cards were worth the $4/$5 or more, which is better than most LCS's do. After digging through the box, my pile stood at 10 cards. Here comes the math part. If they are buy 3 get one free, I want a multiple of 4. I didn't want to go up to 12, so I went down to 8. Then, I factored in the amount of money I had to spend. After the Rollins card, I had spent 10 cents more than I had available. For those of you who aren't mathemagicians, that means I had $0 to spend when I walked through the door. As such, I narrowed it down to 4 cards. I can hide a 4-card purchase from my wife (starting to understand the title of the blog, yet?). Three of the cards were relics that caught my eye, and are available for trade.
|2006 SP Legendary Cuts When it Was a Game Jersey Tony Gwynn #48/75|
2005 Topps Pristine Legends Valuable Performance Bat Relic Robin Yount
2003 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Sweet Swatch Jersey Mike Piazza
The Gwynn sold me with the pinstripe and the numbering /75. The foil has a refractive quality, too. The Yount bat is just a cool card design. The Piazza was a no brainer given the number of people that collect him or collect Mets. The cool blue pinstripe doesn't hurt either. The fourth card is one that I had to buy given recent events. I hope this is a case of buy low sell high. Mike Morse has absolutely been killing it lately, so I'm hoping to make a couple bucks off of this, or trade it for something decent if someone wants it. I was pleasantly surprised to find this in the bargain bin:
|2005 Leaf Certified Materials Next Generation Mike Morse RC Auto #380/499|
Hopefully he can keep it up this season. I've been meaning to put some trade bait up for quite some time now, and I hope to do it soon. For now, these 4 cards are available.
Since I was then $13.10 in the hole for the LCbS trip, I went ahead and grabbed some packs, because, well, why not. 4 packs of 1999 Topps Finest Ser. 1, 1 pack of 2000 Justifiable, 1 pack of 2000 Vanguard. All together, this trip cost me the price of a blaster. I say that's a win.