The EBAY Addiction #2 – Ichiro and the Masterpieces

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With a nice little PAYPAL balance thanks to the sale of my 1/1 Jose Abreu (The guy who bought it is currently trying to resell it at twice the price he paid), it was time to buy some cardboard!

I wanted to pick up some Ichiro rookies before he gets his 3000 MLB hit. I have a feeling some of them might get out of my price range by then. I paid about $5 for the PSA 2001 Topps. Doesn’t it cost more than that to even get a card graded by PSA?

2001 Topps Gallery Ichiro #151

2001 Topps Gallery Ichiro #151

I really like the look of this card, especially the Japanese text. I tried to learn the language once but didn’t get further than counting to ten.

Bo Grand Slam cards

These weren’t on my Bo want list but I love the look and dichotomy of them. I imagine the first is the moment after he nailed a dinger and the second is just after he struck out.

This was a great Diamond Kings catch for me. The 1994 and 1995 sets by Dick Perez seem more playful and “90s” to me. Images of the Fresh Prince of Bell Air run through my head.

2007 Upper Deck Masterpieces

2007 Upper Deck Masterpieces

I think some guy just wanted to get these out of his house because I picked up about 1000 UD Masterpieces for about $0.25 plus shipping.  After taking out a complete set I noticed I had about 4-5 more complete sets in the lot. If you have 2007 Upper Deck Masterpieces needs – I’m the guy to come to!

The EBAY Addiction #1 – Cal Ripken and the Studio

I’ve always had trouble sleeping.

My hope was this would improve but since my heart surgery it hasn’t. On the nights my body doesn’t seem to want to shut down for rest my mechanical valve goes click, cliCK, CLICK like a jackhammer in my head. As one doctor has said, “That’s a good thing. If you don’t hear it then that’s a problem! You’ll get used to it.”

So, to distract my mind I jump on EBAY.

Being a stay-at-home-dad doesn’t pay much (I make $0.00/hr) but, thankfully, my wife let’s me keep track of the finances.  This allows me to spend a few bucks on The Hobby without worrying about being short for family expenses.

Here’s what the mailman brought recently from the worldwide garage sale.

DIAMOND KINGS

Since I stopped coIlecting baseball cards from about 1992-2013 thought it would be fun to get a few boxes of 1993 Donruss Series one as a change of pace in my pursuit of the Diamond Kings. Oh, we learn from our mistakes. Between the two boxes all I pulled was a total of 7 DK’s. Three of them were duplicates (Actually, one was a triplicate – anyone want to trade for a Roberto Kelly?).

Note to self – no more boxes for Diamond Kings

I came across a Cal RIpken Diamond Kings lot for less than $10. Usually, I see the 1996 DK’s for more than that.

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1997 Diamond Kings – Cal Ripken

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1996 King of Kings – Cal Ripken

I’m not sure if it’s going to be in my budget to collect the 1997 and 1998 Diamond Kings since they seem to be scarcer. This is a beautiful card, though!

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1998 Diamond Kings – Cal Ripken

Gallery of Stars? Also painted by Dick Perez? Oh oh. I might have to collect these, too.

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BO’s on FIRE

I’m not into football or football cards but I had to have this!

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2015 Topps Fire – Bo Jackson

1993 STUDIO

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Cardboard connection had an article about cheap stets from the 90’s. I’m still in the process of ripping the packs but this was the first card I saw.

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I live in MN so this made me smile.

2011 Topps Update Eric Hosmer RC 

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Boxes of 2011 Topps Update seem to go for 3x what they should on ebay thanks to some holy fish in California. I loved the way Hosmer played during the Royal’s playoff run last year and picked his card up for about a buck. Perhaps someday I’ll be able to get the complete 2011 update set for less than a Ben Franklin (Our GREATEST President)!

First Taste is FREE

It’s 1987 in St. Paul, MN. My eldest sibling, Debbie, is a police officer for the city and she stops by occasionally to talk with our dad and hang out with my older brother, older sister and I. This time, as she often does, she has a treat for us kids.

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I think addiction runs strongly through my family because  my brother and Debbie both spent tons of money buying all  of the cards they could. I was only 8 and didn’t get an allowance but my brother would give me some of his doubles if I would stand in the alley with a baseball bat while he practiced pitching. If he hit me, he’d give me a “really” good card. He always seemed to bean me at least once.

My favorite player was Lance Parrish.

All-Star catcher - Lance Parrish

All-Star catcher – Lance Parrish

Why? I think I thought his name was pretty cool. Plus my favorite animal was the tiger. Plus plus he played catcher – my favorite position.

I now knew what I wanted to be when I grew up – a baseball player.

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Me – around 1989

I played little league for two years to some success. We won the city championship when I was 11 and even got to play at the Saint Paul Saints stadium.

But a child’s mind is easily distracted and I soon was more interested in comic books and left my baseball card collection in an old green shoebox.

Fast forward to 2014. I’ve had heart surgery to replace my bicuspid aortic valve. The recovery isn’t exactly sunshine and lollipops. I’m not sleeping. About 4-5 days after the surgery I slip into delirium. For the next 2-3 weeks I’m thoroughly convinced I am either dead or stuck in a dream.

Gradually my mind adjusts and I seem to be getting better. One day I’m wasting time online and a blog post about Donruss Diamond Kings catches my eye. I remember those! They were so cool!

1987_Donruss_DK_Supers More importantly they were also a part of my childhood. I’ve heard it said that when you’re feeling depressed it’s helpful to revisit hobbies you had when you were younger.

So I went to visit my sister, Debbie. She still had most of her cards and wanted to get rid of them. Memories flooded my mind as I shuffled through long box after long box in search of the Diamond Kings. I left her house with several complete sets and an addiction. I needed more cards! After several months on ebay I’ve acquired complete sets of the Diamond Kings from 1982 to 1992. They were all painted by artist Dick Perez.

I’m in the process of compiling the sets from 1993-1996.

What I’ve discovered is that collecting baseball cards has been very therapeutic. I have a specific goal that’s achievable within my means. This gives me a daily shot of happiness, especially when I track down cards for  a cheap price!

I’ve broadened my collection to also include the main Topps set for each year since I was born – 1979.

It’s been over a year since my surgery and I feel as if I’m doing very well. I’m going to use this blog to chronicle my continuing recovery through my newfound addiction – the chase for baseball cards!