I already had a few Peralta's before the off-season started and was happy to add a little bit nicer card of the new Cardinals shortstop at a relatively low cost. I also managed to pick up a couple Grichuk cards along the way too. That narrowed my shopping list down to Mark Ellis and Peter Bourjos. A qucik check of my card collection shows I already own a Mark Ellis autograph or two, but we might upgrade later this spring. Bourjos I am a little bit short on. In fact, I do not own a Bourjos card outside of base cards.
I priced out his autographs and found two different options out on the secondary market. One card was a 2007 Bowman which frequently sold for $20 or more and a 2013 Panini Prizm autograph. The Prizm autograph sells for less than $10. While I appreciate the player the Cardinals might have landed in Bourjos I am not sure that he is a player worth spending $20 on for an autograph. At the same time I also do not really dig the logoless cards put out by Panini. The dilemma.
Luckily I found a way out of this pickle. I have been working on pairing down some player lots recently, so most of my Ebay time recently has been spent on the selling side. Throw in a lack of new releases and I have not really sought out any new cards recently outside of monitoring some of my usual searches. Like Ray Lankford. Ebay grew impatient with me and sent me a remainder to spend my Ebay Bucks. That's like free money. Sort of.
2013 Panini Prism Peter Bourjos Autograph
Bourjos problem solved. This bland logoless copy of a 2013 Panini Prizm autograph ended up costing me a whole $0.21 after paying for the card and shipping. I think it's money well spent and I can now say that I own a Peter Bourjos autograph and did not pay $20 for it.
Side thought-Did Panini buy the naming rights for the old Pacific card lines? The Prizm concept seems pretty close Pacific Prism cards. I noticed while searching around while writing this article that Panini has also put out a set of crown shaped cards and they are named Crown Royale. Cheap Pacific knockoff? Anyone know?