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July 13th, 2012

Posted by pat neshek at Jul 12, 2012 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

As most of you know I have been collecting a lot of graded cards this past year.  I recently just completed the 1986 Garbage Pail Kids series 4 set in Gem Mint 10 form...the 1st of it's kind.  Here's the registry http://www.psacard.com/PSASETREGISTRY/Composite.aspx?c=4912

I still need a couple Series 3 10's and a bunch from series 2.  It's funny to see the Series 1 cards take off in price this year with nearly all cards now selling for $125+.  I have yet to start the series 1 set and might just wait for a collector to sell the entire set as a lot. 

This past road trip we went to Durham and Charlotte and before that Toledo and Columbus.  The latter two cities had tons of familiar faces and tons of graphers.  I should have an updated Autograph hound IL ranking coming up down the road and I think we might have a new #1.   I'm going to wait until we get back from Syracuse and Lehigh Valley to give out my rankings. 

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July 5th, 2012

Posted by pat neshek at Jul 4, 2012 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
Well it's been a couple weeks and things have really been going well this past month.  I don't know what happened but I'm getting full extension on my arm and the ball is finally shooting out of my hand with ease and life.  Before I could hit 90 but it was full effort and I really didn't know what I did to get the ball up to my max.  Now I'm relaxing, reaching back and the ball has been coming out 89-91 with ease.  With the increase in extension on my arm I can also throw a better slider that moves away from righties and this has been helping me get a lot of strikeouts.  I'm pretty pumped to finally feel this way...it only took what...about 4 years!
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June 12th, 2012

Posted by pat neshek at Jun 11, 2012 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
We are wrapping up a very tough stretch over the past two weeks here in Buffalo tonight.   Tomorrow we get our 1 off day a month.  It's funny that I don't remember the minor leagues being this much of a stretch between days off but it's a huge grind.  At the Major League level you get an off day on average about every 10 days...yes I was complaining about that at one point of my career.  As I mentioned above these last two weeks have been a test.  Tonight we get to play at 7pm and after the game drive back to Nofolk which is about 11 hours away.  I think we get in at 11:30am tomorrow.  The travel here has been pretty good.  We use sleeper buses so that gives each guy about a twin bed worth of space to sleep.  For some reason I cannot fall asleep on the bus.  I don't know why this is...some guys complain about being too cold, then too hot.  There also are guys playing music, watching movies at high volumes...you get the picture.  I think my off day is going to be spent catching up on sleep. 
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June 9th, 2012

Posted by pat neshek at Jun 8, 2012 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

It has been a long time since I posted.  To update everyone, right now I am pitching in the Baltimore Orioles organization at AAA Norfolk (VA).  I have seen a lot of you guys at many of the cities I have been to and have been pumped to get a couple minutes to chat about autographs and baseball.  I have been asked a ton of times what autographs I have received and what I am looking for.  Honestly I haven't got too many autographs due to playing everyday.  I have mainly been focusing on the same old 1970 topps graded set I am working on.  It's been a pain in the butt and I'm about 60 card away from finishing it still.  To answer the second part of the question I am always on the lookout for rookie autographs, guys just drafted things like that.  I have a good majority of the older players and have no way to access a lot of the younger guys.  On a bunch of the stops lately I have be given some really cool cards by collectors.  Recently a Norfolk collector hooked me up with a bunch of his doubles about 50 in total...I was pumped.  Hopefully I will be on here a ton more and will update with pictures of some of the cool things collectors have given me this year.  As always be sure to check out the Everything Autographs message board http://pneshek.proboards.com/  and share your autograph successes.  See ya in a couple days!

 

 

I've had a long drought of buying baseball cards over the past 3 years.  Quite frankly I was bored by opening the same stuff that was being put out.  To me it seemed like it got to the point where every brand you opened a pack of you were getting the same 100 "Stars" of MLB.  Basically if it wasn't Bowman then no matter what you would buy it would be the same guys in every pack for the entire year.  This really wore on me & was my main reason for not buying anything.  I also hated knowing that I would drop $20 on a retail box & get back about $5 in return nearly every time.  If you bought a hobby box you would be considered lucky to even get your money back with what you opened inside.  So when I heard there was a new player emerging in the baseball market I was anxious to see what they could do.  Panini is the new name in baseball for 2012 & they have given a small peak into the future by releasing a series of 25 MLB players in the 2011 Donruss (Panini) Elite Extra Edition brand.  I have read a lot of reviews on the internet about what Panini has in store & thought I would sit down & rip open some boxes of 2011 Donruss/Panini Elite Extra Edition.

I have six boxes of EEE sitting in front of me & I'm about to rip them open.  I've decided to give most of the autographs away on Twitter & my message board so by the time this is posted the autographs will be gone.  The story on EEE is mostly about guys that were drafted in 2011.  There are also tons of other minor league guys from all levels as well as the above mentioned Panini MLB players.  The big hits are six autographs per box.  Also inside could be low #'d base cards as well as inserts such as the building blocks series of dual/tri & quad players.  Let's see how I did

(4 hours later)

To start, I was very impressed with this product.  The retail value on a box of EEE is around $100 & I think I actually had a gain (I'll add the totals up at the end).  Basically there are 20 packs in each box, 6 of them have autographs.  Each pack usually has 3 base minor league cards, 1 MLB player & an insert (autograph, insert, #'d card).  The base set of the minor leaguers & prospects is 140 cards. Here's how I did on my 6 boxes in numbers.

Each box contain 61 prospects, 20 MLB guys, 6 autographs & about 12 other inserts.

I nearly completed the prospect set -  138/140
I had 111 prospect doubles, 71 Triples, 30 quadruples, 14 Fifths & 2 Sixth (Hanna, O'gara)

Of the #'d inserts that did NOT have an autograph I opened there were 10 that were #'d /200, 5 #'d to /100 & 1 #'d to /25 so I didn't do good here at all

BIG HITS - Best hits were a 5/10 Gerrit Cole Green AUTO, Christian Lopes 1/1 AUTO, Matt Barnes Red AUTO /6 & Kevin Comer AUTO /5

Of the Autographs I opened (36 in Total)
24 were #'d 500 & above
2 were #'d to 100
5 were #'d to 50
1 #'d to 25
1 #'d to /10
1 #'d to 6
1 #'d to 5
1 #'d /1

I just got done adding everything up if I was to let it fly on eBay at auction based on previous sales & taking the average sale price.  My total sales on everything in the 6 boxes was $690, about a 15% gain per box.  Not bad considering I usually lose at least 50% of the retail price on past purchases.

Overall I really enjoyed opening EEE.  A lot of times when opening lots of quantity it tends to get old & you get bored really quickly.  I was never really bored opening this at all because I kept thinking there might really be a shot at opening the rare 1/1...& in my case I did open a 1/1!  As shown above this product is great for resale.  It's also great for prospectors that want to buy these guys up when they are young hoping to cash in when they hit it big.  Lastly EEE is great for people that get autographs at minor league games because of it's whopping 140+ prospect checklist.  I can't wait to see what else Panini has in store for 2012, for now this has been a great start in my opinion.