By the early 2000's, I was on the road to financial recovery and in 2001, I decided to sell the bulk of my collection to help pay off my debt and pad my savings, which I'd eventually use to buy my townhouse.
In 2008, I reached a point on the salary scale where I could afford to jump back into the hobby that was originally the center of my financial woes. Only this time around... things were going to be different. I had learned from my mistakes and decided to focus on being a "budget collector". Instead of being the guy who busts tons of new product every week at card shops, I became the guy who loves standing around for hours digging through dime boxes at shows.
These days... I still enjoy an occasional dime box... but every now and then, I'll go out and add a big card to my collection.
Sometimes I'll go with a key vintage card like my 1956 Topps Jackie Robinson. Other times I'll chase a highly desired rookie card like the 1984 Fleer Update Kirby Puckett.
Two weeks ago, I stumbled across this 2005 Sweet Spot Signatures card featuring Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera:
I've been trying to add another Pujols autograph to my collection, because I missed out on him during the early to mid 2000's and as soon as I saw this card, I immediately added it to my eBay watch list.
Both of these guys are probably first ballot hall of famers... and are considered two of the best hitters in recent years. But until recently... Pujols autographs have been way out of my price range. Patience paid off. This card wasn't exactly "cheap". When the bidding war ended, I paid $110 (+ $3.60 shipping).
Initially... I suffered some buyer's remorse, because that's what happens when you spend an entire month's card budget on a single card. However... all of that went away as soon as it arrived in my mailbox last weekend.
In terms of dual signed cards, it's right up there with my 1999 Stadium Club Co-Signers card of Derek Jeter and Chipper Jones:
Happy Wednesday, go Cubbies, and sayonara!