You are about to read another blog post. A post not only featuring cards and baseball players, but that of an autograph and an overpriced graded card too. A journey into the hobby that has entertained me for over 60% of my lifetime. Next stop: The Twilight Zone.
Our story begins with a rare eBay purchase by a collector who has been focusing more on saving money than spending it. A collector who has decided to appreciate the cards he has hidden in boxes sitting in his office rather than chasing down more cards to add to those boxes.
That is... until the day his eBay Bucks certificate valued at $2.29 arrived... which he applied towards the purchase of this on-card autograph:
2020 Topps Archives Fan Favorites Autographs #FFA-BB
Okay. Enough of writing in the third person. I was trying to be creative and celebrate the fact that today is National Twilight Zone Day. Instead... let's just focus on some baseball cards that have weird stories attached to the person pictured on the card.
There's nothing too weird about this Bochy autograph. I've wanted one since I saw his name appear on the Fan Favorites autograph checklist last year. The guy is a Bay Area legend who led the San Francisco Giants to three World Series titles.
The weird thing about him is he's often involved in hall of fame discussions (in this neck of the woods)... yet he's had a losing record during his twenty-five year managerial career. If he does eventually receive the call, he'll only be the 3rd manager with a losing record in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. If you're interested in seeing who the other two guys are, click here.
Not strange enough for you? Well... yesterday one of my co-workers and I were talking baseball when he mentioned the story of Jorge Posada urinating on his hands during Spring Training to toughen them up.
2011 Topps Chrome Refractor #84
If that's not weird to you, then you might as well stop reading this post... because that's about as peculiar as this post gets.
The guy who inspired my buddy's comment about Posada and the inspiration for this post is Jesus Luzardo...
2020 Topps Update #U-94
He's that pitcher people were making fun of a week or two ago for injuring himself while playing video games. Gotta imagine he's going to take some heat from his teammates about this one for the rest of his career or at least until the next professional athlete suffers a video game injury.
When I heard the news, it reminded me about a trading card set produced a few years ago featuring bizarre sports injuries.
2013 Topps Archives Fan Favorites Autographs #FFA-KML
Kevin Mitchell made the checklist and was highlighted for straining his rib muscles while throwing up. I don't hold it against him, because I'm the guy who threw out his back after sneezing. Not a proud moment in my life.
Getting back to Luzardo, he was the Oakland A's top prospect back in 2018 and 2019. Last year, he had a decent rookie season... and many fans including myself were hoping he'd fight for a chance to be the staff ace.
For the time being... we'll just have to see how this injury (on his throwing hand) impacts his season/career. In the meantime, I'll happily add his cards to my collection.
Thanks to Kerry over at Cards on Cards ... my Luzardo PC doubled in size overnight:
Back in early April, he sent me a box that contained a bunch of different Oakland A's base, inserts, and parallels from a wide variety of years:
I was pretty excited about the Luzardos, but the card that stood out the most was this Rickey Henderson insert:
2021 Topps 35th Anniversary Baseball #86B-80
As much as I've complained about Topps overusing past card designs... I really, really like this card. Weird, right?
Thank you Kerry for this generous care package. I'd also like to thank a pair of readers: James & Xavier. Both of these guys reached out to me and shipped me packages. There's also a package sitting in my office that was sent to me by John over at Johnny's Trading Spot. It has already been opened, but hasn't been scanned. It's on my blogging list of things to cover too.
The bad news is I haven't gotten around to writing them thank you posts. The good news is that it'll get me to sit down and write.
I'd also like to thank Greg over at The Collective Mind for emailing me last week to let me know that he was coming to the Bay Area. I'll let him provide the details around his trip, but it was cool to be able to hang out with him for a few hours and talk about cards and cars while checking out a card shop.
He brought me some "space" cards and paid for dinner... both of which were much appreciated. I'll write up a proper post at some point, but for now this post has run its course. However before I say goodbye and return to my hobby hibernation, I thought I'd share an astonishing card related story that involves one of my recent eBay sales:
2000 Topps Traded #T40
As I've mentioned before, I've decided to start listing some of my duplicates on eBay to take advantage of these crazy times in our hobby. Well... two years ago, I purchased two graded copies of Miggy's Topps rookie card for an average price of $80 each... and decided to list one of them a few weeks ago.
Less than 48 hours later, it sold for the full asking price of $1,200... which totally blew my mind. This is the only sale I've made where the buyer paid full price. Definitely wacky and awesome at the same time.
Well that's it for today. It was nice to sit down and hammer out a post. I'm hoping to publish one or two more before summer break begins. Until then enjoy some Golden Earring...
Happy Twilight Zone Day and sayonara!