Archive for Bowman Chrome

Tired of Xfractors yet?

Posted in Collecting, eBay, mailday, Tim Lincecum with tags , , , , on February 19, 2009 by aybayz

As you can deduce, I am definitely not. This is the latest Xfractor parallel from the 2007 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects product. This design is as close to a superfractor as I will get. Both designs have a lot of similarities. I’m now at 104 cards. Anyway, I haven’t received any more packages for the contest and I’m nearing 10,000 hits (my goal was to finish the contest by the time I hit 10,000). If there are anymore packages out there, e-mail me. Otherwise, I am going to give the whole lot away to the first person who e-mails me. I will give everyone until Friday to claim pending shipments.



Blog Bat Around – Baseball Sets to Hold or Buy

Posted in autographs, blogosphere news, Collecting, eBay, Tim Lincecum with tags , , , , on February 10, 2009 by aybayz

When I first approached this bat around topic, I disregarded all cards or sets of players that are older than the 1970s. Why? Because it’s obvious that players like Mantle, Ruth, Mays, etc. will hold value because their cards and history have already withstood the tests of time. They are legends of the game and it’s too obvious to include them in this category. I want to talk about cards or sets that are worth holding on to that will withstand the steroid era/modern cards. I won’t talk about players because any player can get injured and have their career shortened. Predicting if a card product will last is a more accurate predictor of if that card will hold value through the ages.

What is the single-most valuable card type in the hobby? This excludes error cards because you cannot predict when they pop up. The answer for me is a player’s rookie card. Specifically in this day and age, the most valuable card is a player’s rookie autograph card. The reason for this is because that single card is the first officially recognized card of that player’s career. In addition, early signatures look drastically different from later signatures in many cases. In many instances, a player will never revert back to that type of chirography again. How do you decide what type of rookie card to purchase? There are so many products out there so how do you know which one is the right one? Which product is known as the home of the rookie card? Bowman is your answer. Since being bought out by Topps in 1956, and resurrected in the 80s, Bowman has been known to be the premier manufacturer of the rookie card. Nevermind Just Minors, Tristar, and Razor. They are all excluded for the mere fact that they lack an official MLB license to produce MLB cards. There are many different rookie cards from different products, but Bowman is usually the first card product out to show a draft pick or prospect in their team uniform on an official MLB licensed product. It’s no accident that cards from this product are worth so much; just look at Pujols’ autographed card from 2001. Another advantage is that all these autographs are on card. Can you say the same for the previously mentioned companies?

Of course a lot of card prospecting is hit or miss. These days, any player that gets drafted in the top 10 already have their card values through the roof. Recently, I have turned my attention to collecting all the different parallels of Tim Lincecum from the 2007 Bowman Chrome product. This is a near impossible feat. I don’t only collect the product just for that one specific player, but others as well. I have picked up Bowman Chrome autographs of Madison Bumgarner, Henry Sosa, and Emmanual Burriss. I love the card design as well as the multitude of parallels. The only problem with buying boxes of this stuff is that you’ll get a lot of junk cards just from the sheer fact that a lot of these players will fail to ever make it to the big leagues. But that is the gamble you deal with when buying these boxes. For me, it might be easier to buy singles of your favorite prospect.

Recently, I just lost out on purchasing a blue parallel numbered out of 150. I am both sad and relieved because of the high cost of such a card. I put in a high bid of $350 and was outbid at the last second at $355. That is a crazy amount of money for a single card and I completely agree. But Tim could be the next Nolan Ryan and to own a certified card of that magnitude would be huge. But there’s always the added risk of him tanking. Afterall, Mr. Zito also won the Cy Young at 24 and look at him now. How much is his Bowman Chrome card worth? I picked up PSA 10 a while ago for $2. And yes, that includes shipping.

Parallel cards…love them or hate them?

Posted in Allen & Ginter, Collecting with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2008 by aybayz

I’ve decided to just trade or sell all my Allen & Ginter 2008 mini cards from this set because I realized there is NO way that I can even come close to finishing the set. I think I would’ve attempted it if there was just one type, but five?? Freaking Topps just had to do that didn’t they? I kind of hate that aspect about card collecting. What’s the point of producing 5-10 different versions of the same card, but in different colors? I think they have that aspect for UD Heroes. I can understand a couple, or sometimes, even different types like refractor, X-factor for the Bowman Chrome cards, but I hate the different color of the same card. I think I would rather just have a larger set than so many different parallels.

I guess I hate the parallels that are more associated with color because other types of parallels have noticeable differences. For example, I think for UD Premier, the lower #’d sets have nicer patches with more colors. But as for set collecting, it’s such a pain because once you bust a box or pack, you end up with so many different versions that it will be that much more difficult to put together a set of just that type. I suppose you could mix and match different types into one set, but since I’m OCD, they all have to be uniform. Another thing I hate is Moments & Milestones. I bought one card for a buck or two off eBay, but that’s it. I’ll take cards if they come by mail, but seriously, it’s the same freakin’ card with just a different number. Stupid card companies and their desire to just make more money. They take advantage of people who are even more OCD than me who try to collect type sets. For example, look HERE; tell me that is not crazy. Imagine the time and effort this person had to go through to put that together. Not only that, but imagine how much money they spent. If it wasn’t by trade or buying individually, this person had to just keep busting boxes of this stuff. Was it really worth it? If he made more than $500 net, then probably, but jeez.

So if anyone is interested, all the mini cards I have are up for trade, otherwise I’m putting the whole lot on eBay. There are some pretty nice cards here such as a black border Mickey Mantle and a Honus Wagner baseball icons. There’s also a bunch of world leaders and an aviation card to choose from. I am taking down my want list for the mini cards, except for Lincecum mini cards. I still want the regular mini, A&G back mini, black border mini, no #, and Bazooka mini of him.