While I mostly went after sets that were close to completion, I didn't JUST go after sets that were close. I went after other stuff too...including some autos, relics and SN...some of which will be saved for part 3 of the series. Looks like this is going to get me 4 posts based on the Bonanza and contribute to some other posts later on down the line. It's amazing what one little package and one big sale can do!
I know I am one of those people that gripe about the hobby being "hit" driven...yes, I have been in the hobby since before there were autographs, relics, serial numbering, even parallels, and it was better before all that stuff. (Well, maybe not parallels, which I love, but...) But I still love to get those kinds of cards, and I rarely turn them down, especially when they are under $1.00 as several of these were.
So now, here's a look at some of the autographed, relic and serial numbered cards I got from the COMC Bonanza.
1999-00 Autographics is my favorite Autographics set, it's also the easiest one to find. I have more than 30 of them already, including Shaquille O'Neal, one of the big ones in the set. (It was Shaq's first NBA autograph). I dream of someday completing this set, but I know I still have some big ones ahead of me- Charles Barkley, Chris Webber, Allen Iverson, Scottie Pippen all sell for more than I am comfortable paying for a single card. I got 5 more from the COMC sale, and the weird blotch on the Stepania card is actually part of the card, not something on it. (printing flaw)
I am now very close to having all of Elton's rookie cards. Without checking, off the top of my head, I need only Fleer Force, Fleer Mystique, Ultimate Victory and Upper Deck Encore, and I might even have the UV, I would need to check. I know I have A version of it, but it might be a parallel. I don't remember.
Two Jerry Nadeau relics. Jerry is a local driver who I always rooted for.
Now I just need to get one from the two Upper Deck years to have at least one Platinum from each year of issue. For some reason it appears they did not produce Platinums in 2001-02 or 2002-03.
This last card was the "big ticket" item that I splurged on. I really debated it, it was the most expensive card I got in this order. I went back and forth if I wanted to spend the $15 for this one card or pick up 15 more $1 cards. (simplifying the numbers, but you get the idea). In the end I decided to go for it.
In the end, I am VERY glad I got it, because I would really have regretted it if I hadn't. I even broke out scanner #2, which I almost never use anymore, because it's the only one that can handle neons.
It looks even better in person, and it's now one of my favorite cards of his. Buying it was the right choice.
Up next: New sets and people added to my collection