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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.
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 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.