1. I doubt I'll find any blasters and refuse to pay inflated box prices.
2. I don't love the base set enough to justify busting a hobby box.
3. My hobby budget is tight right now.
That being said, I will be targeting affordable lots of the Archives Fan Favorites autographs. I don't think I'm the only one, because I haven't landed many over the past year or so. At the very least, I'd like to purchase the Andy Ashby, Bruce Bochy, Mark Buehrle, John Blue Moon Odom, and Benito Santiago signatures.
These autographs are one of my favorite things to collect year in and year out. I haven't sat down and actually counted, but I'm guessing I own close to one hundred of theses on-card autographs that have been released annually since 2012.
The most recent addition to this collection was this card:
2019 Topps Archives Fan Favorites Autographs #FFA-KB
If you're a diehard baseball fan, you're familiar with Ken Burns' baseball documentaries.
Personally, I've only seen the 1994 miniseries, but I'll get around to watching the other two eventually.
Normally I try not to pay more than $5 shipped for signatures from this series, but I ended up having to pay $17.69 ($12.35 + $4.20 shipping + $1.14 tax) for this card. The good news is it actually didn't cost me a penny, since I'm still using up several eBay gift cards that I have laying around.
By the way, the photograph of Burns was taken back on July 29, 2009 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington where he threw out the first pitch before the Texas Rangers game versus the Detroit Tigers.
2017 Heritage Clubhouse Collection Relic #CCR-JV
2011 Heritage Clubhouse Collection Relic #CCR-MC
The Tigers trounced the Rangers that day. Justin Verlander won his 12th game of the season and Miguel Cabrera went 4 for 6 at the plate with a double, home run, and four runs batted in.
Well that's it for today. I'll leave you with today's questions of the day...
Is there a particular set (base, insert, autograph, etc.) you look forward to each and every year?
Do you have a favorite documentary (not necessarily sports related)?
Happy Thursday and sayonara!