However... every now and then, I have to own it. That's where eBay, COMC, and Sportlots come into play.
But what happens if it's a card you're not likely to find on any of those sites? What happens when it's one of Gavin's customs?
Well... that's when leave comment after comment about how much you love the card, then sit back and hope Gavin reads those comments and sends you a copy.
I saw at least two different bloggers receive Gavin's custom Nate Colbert 1977 Topps card featuring him with the Blue Jays and have wanted a copy ever since.
Gavin and I are both San Diego Padres fans who have a deep appreciation for the fan favorite who happens to be the franchise's all-time home run leader. Some of you might be wondering though, why we'd want to see a 1977 Topps card featuring him with the Blue Jays.
Well... he played his final MLB game in 1976 with the Oakland Athletics. He attended Spring Training with the Blue Jays in 1977, but back problems forced him to retire at 30 years of age.
Topps gave Colbert a card in 1977, but it was a Turn Back the Clock subset card with a paragraph describing one heck of a doubleheader he played in back in the Summer of 1972.
Gavin's custom features Colbert's full career statistics, which is something Topps has surprisingly elected to get rid of recently.
Thank you Gavin! I'm not sure if this PWE was the result of my excessive brown-nosing, but either way, I truly appreciate you sending me this custom.
Topps could really use your skills and creative ideas, so will you hurry up and take over my favorite card company already.
While we're all waiting for that to happen, let's check out the rest of the goodies you sent:
2004 Donruss Elite Career Best #CB-21 (#'d 047/100)
2017 Diamond Kings Framed Red #4 (#'d 19/99)
2005 Playoff Absolute Heroes #AH-1 (#'d 14/25)
2014 Bowman Platinum Sapphire #BPCP59 (#'d 192/199)
Thank you so much for all of these wonderful low #'d cards and of course that awesome custom Colbert. I actually found a Christmas card sitting in one of my boxes that I'll be shipping to you in my next round of packages.
Happy Monday and sayonara!