Tuesday, October 20, 2015

and it didn't cost $125!

Recently it has seemed like anytime I really want a card that I have little problem tracking it down, but cannot find a reasonable seller.  When the 2015 Topps Heritage Minors set was released a few weeks back I was all in on finding an Andruw Jones autograph.  The autograph is the only Durham Bulls card in the entire set.  Being my favorite Minor League team means that this card is a must have for my collection.  Except, the few that are listed on Ebay look something like this........


I love the Durham Bulls.  I can tolerate Andruw Jones because he was on the Durham Bulls, but $125 for any sort of Andruw Jones autograph is crazy.  For $125 the seller should arrange to have Andruw meet me at work one day so we can eat lunch together.  Something.

There were some auctions of this card that I missed out on where the cards ended up selling around $15 to $20, but I got sniped on a few of them.  A few others I missed out on for other reasons, like sleep, or just forgetting about the card.  With only 35 copies of the card floating around I was starting to get a little bit worried, but I finally landed a copy of the card and I did not pay $125.  Not close.  Here's look at the front.....


The sticker autograph is a bit of bummer, but that is the only thing that is a negative with this card.  Topps actually did a decent job of masking the sticker a bit with the foggy effect at the bottom of the card.  It's not glaringly obvious that the autograph is signed on a sticker.  At first I thought that picture on the card was airbrushed.  The Bulls did have the cursive script jersey when Jones played in Durham, but the pants, especially around the belt loops, look like something from the Braves.  However, after a little bit of searching on the internet I found the picture is actually from the Carolina/California League All-Star Game.  


Pretty cool picture of Jones.  Here's a peak at the back of the card including the serial numbers.  




6 comments:

  1. That is a nice card. I was a huge Andruw Jones fan. He should probably be a hall of famer, but he flamed out so hard at the end of the career that it might be hard for him to get in.

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    1. He started strong, but the end was really bad. Especially the Dodgers stint.

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  2. Nice pick-up! I wasn't aware of this card before your post. Now I feel the need to try to get one!

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    1. There are still a few out there. I hope you land one!

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