Impulse Buy Of The Year

When it comes to deciding on what cards I’m going to pick up I usually take a pretty methodical approach, doing plenty of research and due diligence, carefully scouring eBay to pick up the best deal from an international buyers perspective!

You know what I’m saying! Getting the right card for your PC is a big deal – not something to take lightly! Being an impulse buyer doesn’t really figure into it…

Until a week ago last Saturday!

I was out shopping with the wife, taking a sneaky look at the eBay app on my One X, when I spotted this little beauty on $21 with less than three minutes to go –

Hoot_Auto

What am I gonna do?!?!?!?!

$21 is stupidly cheap!! It’s almost criminal to let it go for THAT much! So (spur of the moment, you understand) I waited until about 30 seconds to go and put in a bid for $25. I figured that if I didn’t get it then it simply wasn’t meant to be!!

I got it for $22.50!!! Ker-ching!!!

The 1999 Upper Deck Century Legends ‘Epic Signatures’ is one of my favourite autographed sets of all time!! 30 cards featuring a range of retired and active (as of 1999) players, including Yogi Berra, Mike Schmidt, Greg Maddux, Ken Griffey Jr, and loads more!! And as you can see the design is awesome!! Portrait images of the player take up either the right-hand or left-hand side of the card while the rest is a nice, open space for the on-card auto!

That’s right Baseball card fans – an ON-CARD auto!! Crazy times back in the late-90’s!!

The auto arrived today! I was over moon but I did have a couple of questions –

  1. Don’t you think that Bob Gibson has one of the nicest and most readable autographs in Baseball, especially amongst the Cooperstown crowd? Honestly, Hoot’s auto has remained a model of consistency for years, and even his most recent autographed releases haven’t changed that much
  2. Why the hell are Bob Gibson autographs so damn cheap to pick up? Come on!!! We’re talking about a first-ballot Hall of Famer and one of the most dominant pitchers (if not THE MOST dominant) of the post-war and modern era. We’re talking about the guy who struck out a record 17 Tigers in Game 1 of the 1968 World Series, a record that still stands to this day. And we’re talking about a guy whose ERA of 1.12 in the 1968 season is the lowest of the ‘Live Ball Era’!!! I could go on!

Don’t get me wrong! I’m not moaning about the low cost as it means I can pick them up for cheaper, but it just feels like they should be going for more!!

Anyway, very happy with this one. Let’s hope that it’s my last impulse buy of the year though!! I doubt my PayPal account can take the strain of many more.

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4 thoughts on “Impulse Buy Of The Year

    • I know!! I remember being really impressed with it when it first came out… can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get something from it!!

      I’ll try for the Musial next 🙂

  1. Nice pickup! He definitely has a great auto and I think you got a good deal on that too… Always nice to pick up something like that for your pc. There are quite a few hofers who are undervalued in my book- jim palmer springs to mind… 3 cy youngs, 6 all star and a 20+ game winner on 8 occasions, yet you can pick up an auto for less than $10.

    • Hey Dave!

      I couldn’t agree more re Jim Palmer. As an O’s fan as well I’ve always wondered why his cards are so criminally undervalued!!

      That said I’ve often seen some Brooks Robinson autos going pretty cheap as well, and we’re talking best third baseman EVER!!! In my humble opinion of course 🙂

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