Like many of you out there, I have a deep appreciation for Kellogg's lenticular cards. Ever since I got my hands on the 1976 and 1977 sets, I've been trying to collect a complete run of Kellogg's cards from 1976 to 1983. I just need the 1978 and 1979 sets.
Earlier in the week, I thought I had secured a 1979 set, when I won this auction:
Unfortunately a few hours later I was very shocked to see that the seller had issued a full refund and a brief eBay message stating "I refunded you". eBay stated the product was damaged, so I messaged the guy and asked him if all of the sets were damaged... hoping that maybe he'd send me one of the 1979 sets and give me only a partial refund. He responded with that they were "damaged" and he didn't want to risk going through the whole "refund" process when I received them.
To make a long story short... I was super disappointed and felt like these sets were conveniently damaged, because these sold for way below market value. I don't make a habit of leaving "negative" feedback, but in the heat of the moment, I did.
On a more positive note, I received a PWE from Peter over at Baseball Every Night. Inside was this note:
Here's the card that went along with his note:
Like it? I love it!
This is my very first Blackburn autograph... and it's a beauty! It features a well cropped action shot with the Oakland Coliseum in the background. Seriously. It doesn't get cooler than that.
Thank you Peter! It temporarily helped me take my mind off of my eBay issues.
But wouldn't you know it... I had another issue with an eBay purchase. This one didn't involve a refund. It involved packaging tape being directly applied to the PSA slab containing my very first Larry Walker autograph:
1990 Score #631
Ugh. Seriously? Who applies packaging tape directly onto a graded card holder? I tried to carefully remove it, but it still left glue residue all over the place. Guess the vendor hasn't read Gavin's public service announcement.
I cleaned it up with WD-40, some laptop wipes, water, and a microfiber towel.
I'm pretty excited to add this card to my collection. Walker doesn't have a lot of certified pack-pulled signatures... and the ones I have seen feature him in a Colorado Rockies uniform.
I've been trying to find an autographed rookie card for my Montreal Expos PC for quite some time in the $20 range, so I was pretty excited to land this for $12.05 CAD (+ $4 CAD shipping), which converts to $12.63 USD.
Do you have a supply of blue painter's tape?
I'll go ahead and wrap up this post with another positive story. In addition to Peter's PWE, I received one from Steve over at 1975baseballcards. Unlike the eBay seller above, he used blue painter's tape to secure the cards:
Inside were three 1991 Topps baseball cards: Bill Bathe, Russ Swan, and Jamie Quirk. Only these weren't your everyday commons. These were the famous glowbacks:
A few weeks ago, he sent me a 1991 Topps Dave Valle glowback and I tried to convert my iPhone into a UV light. It didn't work, so I went out and purchased a cheap $8 light on Amazon Prime, which I used to check the three cards above.
I looked for the Valle to check it, but I seemed to have misplaced it. I remember labeling it a glowback on a post-it note and thought I inserted it into my Cheap Cool Cards binder. However when I looked this past week it wasn't there.
As soon as I'm finished building all of my care packages, I'll clean my office. Hopefully this story will end on a positive note and I find it. Then again... I heard all bad things come in threes.
Thank you Steve for these awesome glowbacks! All three have been added to the binder for safe keeping.
Happy Saturday and sayonara!