I haven't been able to brag like that in a long time.
It's not for lack of trying, it's for lack of quality cards out there.
The market seems to have dried up and all that's left are redemption 1/1's or "pack-added value" 1/1's. They don't interest me much.
I've missed out on a few auctions. My bids were just too low. I find that I'm getting frugal in my old age - or I'm cheap. But when I get a price in my brain, I can't let it go. I've been dinged a few times in the past and I try not to let the hobby get the best of me anymore.
But that doesn't mean I'm not adding to the player collection.
Trades...old school, like "in person". For reals. Hobby boards, trade nights and even social media.
This past week brought in a bubbler that came about an odd way.
I picked up a rather odd Trevor Linden Brilliance signature late last year. Seems a card got mixed up and Tyler Seguin decided to sign it.
I wasn't huge on picking it up, but the price was right at the time. I thought maybe I could parlay it into a Linden for my pc.
That thought paid off.
2013/14 In The Game
In The Game Used - Cup Battles
#CB-07 Gold w/ Messier, Richter & Bure (limited to 10)
First of all, I had a hard time typing
Barely a 2-color piece on the Linden, but with a nice seam, the kicker for me was that Moose gets a bland, red jersey piece. Ha ha ha!!!! Who gets the last laugh now???
This puts me one card away from completing the non-1/1 cards from ITG Used. Another one of those saturated products for player collectors.
Do I miss the messed up auto? A bit. But I'm happy with the end result.
Note: I wrote this post a few days ago. I have since won three eBay auctions. Clearly I was affected by my writings. Ha.