First up, a quick happy 30th to Beardy (yesterday) and happy 25th to SpastikMooss (today)! You two are simultaneously making me feel old and young, so thanks for that. That's a cheap segue into one of my favorite Walk Hard scenes, where Dewey suffers through rehab:
Anyway, all the best to two awesome bloggers.
I put Blowout in the title, you read this post:
I just need to quickly point out that there will be zero references to Spartans in this post despite the obvious references to 300. This is a Michigan Wolverines-centric blog and I will not sully it with images associated with that stupid school to my northwest (unless there are Kirk Gibson cards involved).
That being said, I had quite a week on the interwebz. Three different transactions led to some nice acquisitions for my various personal collections, so let's get right to it:
Blowout deal #1: trade bait + Wolverines:
A Blowout seller (who turned out to be awesome and very easy to work with, which happens sometimes) posted a few four-card lots for $20 each. One had a Braylon Edwards I wanted plus three other trade-worthy cards, so I pounced on it. The guy wrote me back and said he might be putting more lots up, so I checked his Bucket.
|He then demanded it back|
Here's the part of the haul that I most cared about:
Marlin Jackson 2005 Press Pass auto: Maybe I can pass this off as a Michael Jordon. Anyway, I love the Michigan uni, as usual.
Jake Long 2008 Donruss Threads Rookie Collection jersey: Oh look: a green Jake Long Dolphins jersey swatch, I don't have any of those. Serial #d 365/500 which is probably appropriate since I think I average picking up about one Jake Long hit per day.
Jake Long 2008 SP Rookie Threads Rookie Threads dual jersey: I'd seen this one a few times but I had yet to pick it up somehow, maybe because it paled in comparison to its more desirable cousin (<Simpsons>Because they're so attractive!</Simpsons>) about which more later. As you can see, this one is #d 061/125, and using a font that looks blockier than something from an NES game, it notes that Jake is in fact an offensive lineman.
By know you want to aggressively kick me into a bottomless pit (don't kill the messenger!) because you're wondering about the title of my post (or maybe you already got it). Well the Michigan portion of this transaction--all of seven cards--put me exactly at 300 unique Michigan football hits!
Following Tim's lead in trying to suss out some Seneca Wallace cards for his crazy-ass PC, and on the heels of local stories about his likely imminent call-up, I let it be known that I was looking for Zach Putnam stuff. I already had seven cards I liked, but there were definitely more I was interested in, especially his Razor Letterman cards (of which I pulled exactly ZERO out of two cases!) since I had one unnumbered and one /20. I only got one good reply, but it was a worthwhile offer: this guy had Putnam's 1-of-1 letter "M". He wasn't sure how much he wanted for it so we haggled and I looked at his Bucket.
|Actually, I use Picasa Web Albums|
Pretty slick, right? I now have a "U", "N" and "M" meaning I need a TAP-a TAP-a TAP-a.
So what was the other nice pickup for me in this deal? Perhaps you've heard of this guy, a former Tiger and current All-Star starter:
Yeah, I lifted the embargo (which had more to do with selling anyway considering the way eBay likes to treat sellers like the Gimp from Pulp Fiction) because I had already bought this card TWICE and still hadn't received it. It really is true that the third time's the charm:
While I was getting this in a reasonable protector, I thought to pull out my other various Michigan letter autos and snapped a quick picture:
I hope to add to this collection in the future, my favorites being the SP Threads that look like they came right off a Wolverines jersey, but any will do--Eric knows where I'm coming from.
Since I've probably used up all of your bandwidth, I'll end here, but I hope you've enjoyed one of my more epic weeks in PC acquisitions.