30 Day Baseball Card Challenge

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Cardboard Assassin

That should be my new nickname, because over the past couple of months... I've enthusiastically and systematically been taking out cards targeted on my Top 10 list.

But before I share them with y'all, let's talk about the list itself.

I really shouldn't call it a Top 10 list, because there's actually twenty-plus cards on it.  Some of them are high-end, bucket-list kind of cards... like a 1952 Topps Jackie Robinson or 1956 Topps Ted Williams.  While others are cards valued at less than most drinks you'd find on a Starbucks' menu.

Five years ago... when I started this blog, I intended to have one of those sidebar "most wanted" lists. You know... like Night Owl's "Nebulous 9" or Nick's "Dime Box Dozen".  However... I encountered one major problem:  I couldn't stop adding cards to my list.

In fact, as I type this post... there are twenty-one cards that currently reside on it and trying to choose which ones are my favorites has proven more difficult than walking away from a dime box filled with vintage hall of famers.

However... as soon as I can come up with a cool name for my list and/or narrow it down to a more realistic number... I'll share it with you guys.

Until then... here are my latest PC additions:

2001 Topps Gallery Heritage Relic #GHR-GM

I have wanted this card for several years now.  This card combines three things I truly appreciate: the 1965 Topps card design, Topps Gallery artwork, and of course... The Professor himself.

If you're a Greg Maddux card collector, then you know that his certified, pack pulled autographs are kinda pricey.  My solution?  I bought this card...

1987 Donruss #36

I have always wanted to add an autographed rookie card of Maddux to my collection and I've been bidding on them whenever I can.  After a long wait, this card finally fell into my lap.  I paid $64.84 (+ $3 shipping), which is a little more than I usually bid... but I had some eBay Bucks I wanted to burn.

The last card is an on-card autograph of Ken Caminiti:

1996 Leaf Signature Extended Autographs #NNO

This is another card that has sat on my list for quite awhile now.  Caminiti was a fellow San Jose State Spartan and one of the Padres' best hitters (not named Gwynn) during the 90's.  Unfortunately he passed away in 2004, which means he doesn't have a plethora of certified autographs in a Padres' uniform floating around our hobby.

Plus since he's deceased, demand outweighs supply and in return his autographs aren't cheap.  Luckily, I found a reasonable eBay seller who accepted my $20 (+ $3 shipping) offer.

Well that's it for now.  I'm still right in the thick of things, but I wanted to have a least one post published during the week.  The stack of blogger packages continues to pile up, so I'm going to try to get to at least a few more this weekend... but I can't make any promises.

I hope y'all are enjoying your week.  Happy Wednesday and sayonara!


  1. Nebulous Nine + Dime Box Dozen = The Fun Twenty-One

    (Inspired by that 9+10=21 vine).

  2. Nice stuff!!!

    Any chance one of those blogger packages is for me lol

  3. Off the top of my head, the best I can come up with is "Fuji's Most Wanted". I'll give it some thought and let you know if I come up with something better.

    I've been thinking lately that I don't have enough Topps Gallery cards... Mr. Maddux is reaffirming that idea.

  4. Even though he was juiced up [and PEDs were probably the least of his problems when it came to drug use], Caminiti was a beast with San Diego Padres - with the bat and the glove.

  5. Have you seen some of the triple autos featuring Maddux, Smoltz and Glavine? Beautiful card.

  6. zippy - lol... very nice catch (although feel bad for that kid's 15 minutes of fame)

    sports card collectors - maybe ;)

    shlatbotnik - i actually considered that name

    laurens - yeah... not a fan of PED's, but time heals all wounds and there are just too many reasons for me to like him as a player

    mr. scott - no... but i'll look for them on eBay. only problem is there's no way i'll be able to afford them :(