So, here are my two relic cards:
2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Nick Saban Used Shirt?
2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Nelson Cruz Jersey
Nelson Cruz is just kind meh, but I know a lot of people that would have been hoping up and down if they had pulled that Saban shirt card. Honestly, I do watch college football, but it's somewhere down on the list behind baseball and college basketball. I do follow and watch NC State and Mizzou I would not say I am a die hard fan. I can watch any baseball game and be pretty happy, not so much with football.
Saban once stepped over a player have a seizure to go sit in his office. Saban gave his quarterback a spanking once on national television. From the perspective of a casual fan he seems like a bit of an asshole. I do not care if the guy wins, he's like college football's version of John Calipari. Although, I am not sure that Calipari ever looked like this....
So, obviously the Saban card was getting shipped out, but I just was not sure what kind of haul I could get for that card. I have known a Bama fan or two and know they can be a little bit over the top, so I was patient, and played my cards well and cashed out Little Nicky for a pretty good haul.
2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Paul Goldschmidt Autograph
2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Chris Archer Autograph
Not a bad thing ever to dump a relic card for two autographs. I was especially happy with the Goldschmidt autograph. He's have a great season and I feel like his cards are probably underrepresented in my collection. The Archer is self explanatory: Durham Bulls, Raleigh native, and Rays. Goodbye Saban.
Which left me with the Nelson Cruz. I decided to package the Cruz jersey together with a couple of other Rangers relics and traded them to a Rangers fan who had pulled two Cardinals relics of Matt Holliday and Adam Wainwright.
2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Adam Wainwright Jersey
2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Matt Holliday Jersey
Both cards are welcome additions to the collection and got me started on putting together my Cardinals team set from the Allen & Ginter set. Overall, I was happy with my two trades. I started out with two relic cards, one average and one above average, and walked away with a pair of autographs and a pair of jersey cards from the Cardinals. More Ginter later in the week.