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    Mid-summer to fall autographs (and an amazing non-auto find)!

    Looks like I'm posting about once per quarter, haha.

    It's been a crazy summer and fall. I had a split with my old band in May (they say I quit, I say they kicked me out... then a tornado destroyed their practice facility a few weeks ago: a version of Rasheed Wallace's "Ball don't lie" comment indicating that missed free throws were proof that he really didn't commit a foul), found a new one in September, spent the summer building my own guitar from an empty box of National Treasures (probably will make a few more soon), work has been keeping me busy, I have two trips coming up, and I spent a few weeks trying to re-sort unsigned stuff. The resorting led to my best find ever in my collection (not autograph related, will post at the end).

    Been all baseball, indoor soccer, auto racing, hockey, and one music success (my first ever)...

    JULY 8
    Rich Robertson, c/o home, 1/1, 2 months

    JULY 14 - Amarillo at Frisco
    Hudson Potts - 7/7
    Luis Torrens - 1/2
    Owen Miller - 2/2
    Jimmy Jones - 4/4
    Peter Van Gansen - 1/1
    Brad Zunica - 1/1
    Ivan Castillo - 1/1
    Taylor Kohlwey - 1/1
    Lake Bachar - 1/1
    Phillip Wellman - 1/1
    Rodrigo Orozco - 1/1
    Dauris Valdez - 1/1
    Nick Margevicius - 2/2
    AJ Kennedy - 1/1
    Collin Wiles - 5/5
    Leody Taveras - 1/1
    Tony Sanchez - 2/2
    Walker Weickel - 4/4
    Charles Leblanc - 1/2
    Hunter Pence - 1/3
    Jonathan Hernandez - 5/5
    Joe Barlow - 1/1
    Blake Bass - 1/1
    Andretty Cordero - 1/1
    Brendon Davis - 1/1
    Michael De Leon - 1/1
    Demarcus Evans - 1/1
    Alex Kowalczyk - 1/1
    CD Pelham - 1/1
    Tyler Phillips - 1/1

    JULY 19
    Tim Fedewa, c/o team, 4/3, 6 months, added in another signed card

    JULY 24
    Bernie James, c/o team, 1/1, 2 weeks

    JULY 26 - Tulsa at Frisco
    Yadier Alvarez - 2/3
    Justin De Fratus - 2/2
    Josiah Gray - 1/1
    Adam Melhuse - 2/2
    Jared Walker - 2/5
    Rob Zastryzny - 2/2
    Logan Bawcom - 1/3
    Connor Wong - 1/3
    Jonathan Hernandez - 2/2
    Charles LeBlanc - 1/1
    Leody Taveras - 1/1
    Brock Burke - 3/3
    Tony Sanchez - 1/1
    Jake Lemoine - 3/3
    James Jones - 2/4
    Wade Lamont - 2/2
    Michael De Leon - 1/1

    JULY 27 - Arkansas at Frisco
    Evan White - 1/2
    Luis Liberato - 2/2
    Aaron Knapp - 3/3
    Wyatt Mills - 3/3
    Logan Gilbert - 2/2
    Joe Odom - 1/1
    Kyle Lewis - 1/1
    Isiah Kiner-Falefa - 2/3
    Greg Hibbard - 3/3

    AUGUST 1
    Dave Hoggan, c/o home, 5/5, 3 weeks

    AUGUST 2
    Joe Torre, c/o MLB Offices, 4/4, a year and a half
    Von Hayes, c/o home, 1/1, 3 months

    AUGUST 17 - DallasCardShow and Kansas City T-Bones at Texas Air Hogs
    Tatu, 17/17
    Shawn O'Malley, 1/1
    Daniel Nava, 3/5
    Henry Owens, 3/3
    Chris Bando, 6/6

    AUGUST 22
    Dale Mitchell, c/o home in Canada, 7/7, 5 weeks

    AUGUST 24
    Tim Wittman, c/o home, 3/3, 3 weeks

    AUGUST 24 - Northwest Arkansas vs. Frisco
    Scott Blewitt, 3/4, 1/1
    Zach Lovvorn, 2/2
    Brady Singer, 1/1
    Daniel Tillo, 3/3
    Blake Perkins, 4/4
    Khalil Lee, 1/1
    Tyler Zuber, 1/1
    Doug Henry, 9/9
    Gabriel Cancel, 2/2
    Abraham Nunez, 3/3
    Kevin Merrell, 3/3
    Walker Weickel, 3/3
    Greg Hibbard, 4/4
    Jackson Kowar, 1/1
    Leody Taveras, 1/1

    AUGUST 26
    Bobo Lucic, c/o team in Slovenia, 3/3, 7 weeks

    AUGUST 28
    Bobby Brown, c/o home, 1/1, 1 week, 3 weeks

    AUGUST 29 - KC T-Bones at Texas Air Hogs
    Shawn O'Malley, 1/1
    Daniel Nava, 3/3
    Erik Manoah, 1/1
    Carlos Contreras, 5/5
    Zech Lemond, 9/9
    Chris Bando, 9/9
    Henry Owens, 3/3
    Brett Eibner, 1/1
    Kevin Joseph, 2/2

    AUGUST 31
    Bill Crook, c/o home, 5/5, 7 weeks

    SEPTEMBER 6
    Jaime Jarrin, c/o home, 2/2, 1 week
    Carlton Fisk, c/o home, 1/1, 2 weeks, $40

    SEPTEMBER 7
    Dick Tracewski, c/o home, 3/3, 2 weeks
    Joe Tait, c/o home, 3/3, 2 weeks

    SEPTEMBER 9
    Monte Moore, c/o home, 2/2, 2 weeks
    Dave Lemonds, c/o home, 2/2, 2 weeks
    Steve Zungul, c/o home, 1/1, 2 months

    SEPTEMBER 10
    Steve Brye, c/o home, 3/3, 3 weeks
    Enrico Ciccone, c/o Quebec Parliament, 2/2, 1 month
    Mark Karpun, c/o home, 1/1, 3 weeks

    SEPTEMBER 11
    Fred Cambria, c/o home, 2/2, 1 week

    SEPTEMBER 12
    Syd O'Brien, c/o home, 3/3, 1 week

    SEPTEMBER 13
    Bob Heise, c/o home, 3/3, 1 week

    SEPTEMBER 14
    Al Spangler, c/o home, 3/3, 2 weeks

    SEPTEMBER 17
    Denny Matthews, c/o home, 2/2, 3 weeks

    SEPTEMBER 19
    Booker T. Jones, c/o home, 1/1, 2 weeks

    SEPTEMBER 26
    Charlie Hough, c/o home, 4/4, 6 weeks
    Bob Gallagher, c/o home, 3/3, 3 weeks
    Mel Behney, c/o home, 2/2, 1 month

    OCTOBER 1 - Rangers Development Camp
    David Garcia 1/1
    Josh Jung 1/1
    Julio Pablo Partinez 2/4
    Jonathan Ornelas 2/4
    Leody Taveras 2/4
    Cole Winn 4/4

    OCTOBER 5 - Rangers Development Camp
    Sam Huff 1/1
    Josh Jung 1/1
    Davis Wendzel 1/1
    Cole Winn 2/2
    Leody Taveras 1/1
    Julio Pablo Martinez 2/2
    Jonathan Ornelas 2/2
    David Garcia 1/1

    OCTOBER 15
    Hal Lanier, c/o home, 3/3, 6 months
    Mason McReakin, c/o home, 4/2, 1 week, added a signed IC and a note

    OCTOBER 22
    Gene Clines, c/o home, 1/1, 1 week

    OCTOBER 25
    Ted Giannoulas, c/o home, 3/2, 2 weeks, added a note

    OCTOBER 29
    Tony Esposito, c/o home, 1/1, 2 weeks, $10

    NOVEMBER 1
    Pete Mahovlich, c/o home, 2/1, 2 weeks, $10, added an extra signed card

    So, the new band. We're called The Nothing. Right now I'll likely be splitting time on drums and guitar. I'm most comfortable on drums, but as long as I can stick to rhythm guitar then I'm competent on six strings. My lead guitar skills rival those of a blue claw crab. We're still looking for a bassist and hopefully a lead guitarist (so that I can be solely on rhythm and the lead singer can stick to just vocals instead of both vocals and rhythm guitar). I do need to get a better guitar amp soon though.

    Which brings me to the find of a lifetime.

    With the baseball autographing season winding down in September, I figured it was time for a cleanup. It had been a couple years since I had sorted any new additions into my inventory of stuff. I had several boxes of unsorted/barely sorted cards across pretty much every sport, whether purchases, gifts, or stuff I had pulled from inventory and failed to get signed. So to clean up, organize, and just overall make sure I had my things together so that I didn't forget something when pulling for an outing, I decided to spend a few months sorting. We're in mid-November and I'm almost done-- I just have to finish hockey surnames R-Z and soccer. I'll be done by Thanksgiving. Not bad for having a good 30,000 cards that were all in no-to-limited order.

    Anyways, as I was searching and sorting, within the span of about 24 hours I found three BIG cards I didn't know I had, just sitting in boxes: Patrick Mahomes' 2017 Prizm RC, Mike Trout's 2012 Topps Heritage card, and the 2018 Topps Ronald Acuna Jr. bat-down photo variation.

    I had pulled it from a random pack a year or so ago. I remember even getting it in the pack and just going "Wow, an Acuna RC, cool" since this was not long after our friend elmesero5 pulled the 2018 Pro Debut Acuna auto in our hotel room at the 2018 National. I figured okay, cool, maybe this would be a $5-10 card, not knowing about the photo variation. So I just stuck it in a box and forgot about it.

    Over the next few months I completely forgot I had it, but saw a few posts on Facebook groups about the card heating up and going for big money and thinking to myself "Man, I never have pulls like that." So when I pulled it out from this random box, I was hyperventilating and close to shaking-- pretty sure my wife was about to dial 911.

    I put it in a sleeve and case and immediately made preparations to run it over to Beckett-- along with the Trout, the Mahomes, my 1989 UD Griffey RC, and an old T-205 gold border tobacco card that my in-laws had found at a flea market and given me. A month later, I picked them up yesterday...

    Mahomes: 9 overall with subs of 9.5/9.5/9/8.5 (I knew the centering was bad)
    Griffey: 9 overall with subs of 9.5/9.5/9/9 ("Good but not good enough" is the story of my life: half a point from gem!)
    Trout: 9 overall with subs of 9.5/9.5/9/8.5 (somehow the surface got knocked down to an 8.5)
    T-205 Tom Downey: 1 overall, no subs (which I expected; I mostly just wanted to protect it in a slab)

    The Acuna came back as one of the 32 best in the population report. There is one Black Label 10, and 27 regular 10s. There are only four 9.5s that have subs of 10/10/9.5/9.5 including mine.



    Considering the range of 9.5s have all gone for $400-600 over the last two months, I'm hoping the two 10 subs and two 9.5 subs will get me $1000. I mean really, you cannot get a better 9.5, and I've only seen two 10s come up for sale, both of which accepted a Best Offer on eBay so I don't know the actual price-- only that they were originally listed at $3000, $2300, and there's one up now at a price of $2350. PSA 10s are going in the $1500 range. I figure a BGS 9.5 with 10/10/9.5/9.5 subs has to be about equivalent to a PSA 10, right?

    So, I figure that's how I'll get that new guitar amp.
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    Wow, a pull that you already had! Fun to find a neat item in the collection, culling through the catacombs of cards!

    So excited for you that you came up with a fantastic find, and best of luck on that new amp!
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    Thanks! The one I want is $500 (Line 6 Spider V 240), but I could get a slightly lower model for a little less that would still do everything I need and then some. I only need 50-75 watts right now, but 100 or more would be good to have so I don't have to sink more money into one in the future if/when I need something more powerful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HockeyBrawler View Post

    The Acuna came back as one of the 32 best in the population report. There is one Black Label 10, and 27 regular 10s. There are only four 9.5s that have subs of 10/10/9.5/9.5 including mine.



    Considering the range of 9.5s have all gone for $400-600 over the last two months, I'm hoping the two 10 subs and two 9.5 subs will get me $1000. I mean really, you cannot get a better 9.5, and I've only seen two 10s come up for sale, both of which accepted a Best Offer on eBay so I don't know the actual price-- only that they were originally listed at $3000, $2300, and there's one up now at a price of $2350. PSA 10s are going in the $1500 range. I figure a BGS 9.5 with 10/10/9.5/9.5 subs has to be about equivalent to a PSA 10, right?

    So, I figure that's how I'll get that new guitar amp.
    That is an amazing find - congratulations! Always nice to find something like that tucked away in the corner of your collection. Could probably start a thread on here about that - what is your best forgotten find in your collection!
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    I just sold it at a card show over the weekend. Got enough to get the amp I want-- and maybe even a better one than I was hoping to get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HockeyBrawler View Post
    I just sold it at a card show over the weekend. Got enough to get the amp I want-- and maybe even a better one than I was hoping to get.
    That's awesome, just a great example of cards actually being worth buying and selling!

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