As I said in a couple posts late last year, the certainty of my budget at that point meant I could swing for the fences a bit as 2015 came to a close. That resulted in beautiful auto pickups of Lou Whitaker and Greg Maddux, but as 2016 neared I still had a pretty nice amount available should I decide to spend it. I wasn't just gonna throw away money for no reason, though--what I found would have to justify the cost.
And then I found the perfect way to close out my purchases for the year: this pair of gorgeous cut autos for under $100 together from one seller:
Charlie Gehringer 2005 SP Legendary Cuts Autograph Cuts auto (#76/97)
Charlie Gehringer 2006 SP Legendary Cuts Legendary Signature Cuts auto (#67/76)
Gehringer joins Bill Freehan as part of a small club of players I collect that played for Michigan and the Tigers, and his cards are easily some of the highest-end in my entire collection. As you can see he has a top-notch signature (they don't make 'em like they used to!), and these cuts done in ballpoint and sharpie really pop. As with my first Gehringer cut (I now have three!) I was adamant that I wanted something that included some sort of photo, not just one of those lower-end framed index card types. These two are exactly in my wheelhouse and they're the type of cut that usually gets listed for closer to the amount I paid for both, if not more, so $95 was nothing if not a steal.