On Wednesday I bought a card off eBay. It was one of those, "It's such a good deal! I've got to get it before someone else does. I mean there are only 24 of them in the whole world" purchases.
I also went to my LCS for their Wednesday night auction. I spent less than $20 between the eBay purchase and the auction at my LCS.
I know $20 isn't much, but it was the straw that broke the camel's back. Okay, so the eBay purchase was the straw that broke the camel's back and my trip to the LCS was my last hurrah...at least for a while.
I made a decision that I need to stop spending money on my hobby for a while. It might be a month. It might be two. It might be more. I've just got some other things that need to be my priority right now.
I know what you're thinking. "This guy spent less than $20 bucks on his last hurrah? Lame!" All I will say is that I was outbid on a few items.
Now just because I'm not going to be spending money doesn't mean that I'm going to stop blogging. In fact, I've recently started blogging in a completely different way that should help me continue to put out posts on a regular basis.
I've got a trade or two, several eBay pick-ups, and some cards from my LCS, including the cards I purchased on Wednesday that I still need to post about.
I'm also going to start blogging periodically about some of the roughly 50,000 basketball, football, and hockey cards that I have accumulated over the years that haven't ever been featured on my blog.
The time that I used to spend browsing eBay and comc.com as well as time spent traveling to and from card shops will be put to good use organizing my collection.
I've got to catalog my Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza and other player collections.
I'm also going to sort through roughly 15,000 cards that my friend recently gave me when he moved.
I'm also going to try to thin out my collection by selling things either on eBay or comc.com.
I'm done spending money on the hobby for a while, which will be tough, but it'll be worth it and I'm excited about spending my time to better organize my collection and will continue to post on a regular basis.
Keith, of the blog The Home Run Apple, reached out to me about a month ago and offered up some cards for trade. I really wanted one of the cards, and you'll see why in a little bit, but I didn't have anything I felt I could offer in return, since Keith isn't the only Mets fan in the blogosphere and I'd already traded away most of my Mets hits. I told him I'd keep looking and see what I could find.
A little over a week ago I was cleaning up some cards in my den and found a couple of Mets cards that I had forgotten about. We arranged a trade and I got his package yesterday. Thanks Keith!
So without further adieu. Here's the card that I really wanted. It's a 2009 Topps T-206 mini printing plate of Brandon Webb! This is my first printing plate of Webb since I started collecting him later in his career. I came across a Brandon Webb Super Collector a while back, so if you're interested you can check out his site. He has 27 Webb 1 of 1's!
Keith added two Brandon McCarthy Panini Prizm autos, one from 2013 and one from 2014. McCarthy was terrible with the D-Backs, but since he was traded to the Yankees he has been doing a lot better.
Here are the other cards that Keith threw in. Thanks again Keith!
I accidentally picked up a 2013 blaster of Allen & Ginter. I thought is was 2014. One of the cards I pulled was a base card of Bud Selig. I sent it off to the Commissioner to get signed. I got it back last week. Not sure when I sent it off, but it was probably some time in late July or early August.
My family and I (minus the littlest one) went to the D-Backs game last night for Paul Goldschmidt bobbleheads. This is my 52nd D-Backs bobblehead. I only need 11 more. You can see my progress here. I also got to meet up with fellow blogger Adam, of Thoughts and Sox . Always fun to meet up with a fellow collector/blogger!
The D-Backs had Goldschmidt's Silver Slugger and Gold Glove on display. The picture of the Silver Slugger came out a little blurry, but the picture of the Gold Glove came out great!
Jeff, of the blog 2 x 3 Heroes, runs Club PWE and he sent me a nice PWE this week. Thanks Jeff!
Jeff used some awesome stamps that he picked up recently. Check them out! My Dad collects stamps and so as a kid I collected stamps as well. For some reason, stamps today don't have the same appeal, but these are awesome!
Now, onto the cards!
First up is this awesome 2014 Chrome 1989 Paul Goldschmidt card!
Next up are two 2014 Chrome Chris Owings RC's. The base and the refractor version.