Three weeks ago, I took a short trip down to Vegas to visit my parents, eat home cooked meals, and make my annual donation to their local casinos. Mentally... it's better for me to assume that I won't return with any money in my pockets.
I know it's kinda negative... but I learned a long time ago that trying to make money off of sports cards and slot machines just isn't for me. It's all about the thrill of tearing into packs or pushing little buttons to see if I walk away a winner.
And that's exactly what happened on my most recent trip...
Three separate jackpots made the difference. The one on The Walking Dead slot machine was especially exciting, because it lasted almost 15 minutes and the jackpot kept going higher and higher. It felt like I had pulled a hot pack out of a highend product and every card in the pack was better than the one before it.
These jackpots essentially paid for my flights, bought my parents some groceries, and took us out to dinner. They also helped me pay for this...
If you asked collectors to build a Mount Rushmore of Ichiro cards, there's a pretty good chance that this card would be on it. His 1993 BBM card is considered by many to be his true Japanese rookie card and personally I enjoy the simplicity of this design. It kinda reminds me of the 1990 Pro Set football design.
In addition to this card, I've wanted to own an Ichiro autograph for quite some time as well. Unfortunately both of these aren't within my normal cardboard budget.
However... thanks to the wonderful Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa... I was able to kill two birds with one stone and purchase this cornerstone card to my Ichiro collection.
The card was originally priced at $350 or best offer, but we agreed on a $299 price tag.
That week my hometown was hit hard with rain and flooding, so eBay generously gave San Jose residents a 20% off coupon that I also applied to this card. That brought the total down to $249, which in hindsight is still way out of my budget.
Three weeks later, I have zero regrets. It's not often I have the opportunity to add a card like this to my collection. And honestly... outside of one day possibly purchasing a 1956 Topps Mickey Mantle... there's a good chance this is the most I'll ever spend on a single piece of cardboard. And since I don't anticipate hitting another three major jackpots anytime soon... who knows if I'll ever add that Mantle to my collection.
But if and when I do... I'll be sure to write about it on here. You know the saying... what happens in Vegas... gets written about on my blog.
Happy Tuesday and sayonara!