My first trade for this week was for a pair of Giants cards. I have been slowly working on assembling the Donruss Elite College Patches sets from the past several years and have had several posted in this space over the past few months. The common cards really aren't very difficult to find, but some of the better players from the set can be challenging to find, or can be fairly pricey. For the past year I have had my eyes open for a copy of the Buster Posey autographed patch, but have been unable to track one down until now.
2008 Donruss Elite College Patches Buster Posey Autograph
The Posey autographed patch is one of the real highlight cards from the run of Donruss Elite College Patch cards. I am not sure if this card is technically listed as his rookie, or not, but it often trades and sells like one. Sure, there are other 2008 Buster Posey cards, but this card frequently approaches $100, or exceeds, $100 on the secondary market. This card has also generally "dried up". Meaning that it is difficult to find copies in the secondary market. I was ecstatic to find this copy.
2006 Topps 52 Matt Cain Autograph
I was also able to pick up a copy of a Matt Cain Topps 52 autograph in the same trade as the Posey. The Cain autograph is an on-card autograph, which is a plus, an hails from a really underrated set. While there were huge quantities, four per box, of autographs signed for this set there are some really good early autographs in the set. Some of my favorites include Matt Kemp, Ben Zobrist, and Justin Verlander.