Monday, November 20, 2017

Do you believe in Magic?

Part of my ill advised 1989-90 Hoops autograph project consists of checking eBay on fairly regular basis for new listings featuring players from the set who have either passed away, or those who are still living but who's autograph can't be obtained through the mail.

Other than a bunch of what I feel are overpriced cards, these searches don't usually yield too much. However, sometimes that old saying about persistence paying off, does seem to hold water -- as was the case earlier this year, when I came across these:

This pair of Magic Johnson autos came from a dealer who had attended a well documented private signing with Magic in early 2016. Just in case I ever had to sell them, it was really nice to be able to buy something like this/these, and have so much documentation come with it/them.

The seller had these listed separately (along with a bunch of other signed 80's/90's base cards) for I don't remember how much apiece, but after making an offer on both of them, and using the eBay bucks I had -- the final out of pocket cost ended up being $15 for each, which I thought was pretty reasonable considering Magic has never been one to sign TTM, and I can't imagine a scenario where I would have some of encounter with him in which I would be able to try and get both of these cards signed.


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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

It's Miller Time!

Even though I have yet to attend one, I have been told that there is a guy, who is a longstanding member of one of those alphabet autograph organizations, that occasionally sets up at the monthly Nashville Flea Market.

As I said, I still haven't been, but my mom has... many times. And while there a couple of months ago, she bought a couple of autographs from this dealer, including a Reggie Miller signed 8x10 for me:

During his playing days, Reggie was one of those guys you either loved or hated -- I was among the latter, as I would imagine most non-Pacers were. He could be incredibly frustrating to watch, especially when playing against your team, and as I'm sure any Knicks fan could tell you, his ability to catch fire at any moment of a game, meant that no lead against a Miller led Pacers team was ever enough.

It was only after he retired that I was able to look back and appreciate just how good he was, and after doing so, was fully onboard with his being elected to the Hall of Fame.

This was my first autograph of Reggie in any format, and I always enjoy getting autos of HOF'ers, so this ended up being a gift that I was very thankful to receive.


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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

So, who won?

Before I announce the winner, I would like to take a second to thank everyone who entered, I really appreciate all of you taking the time to do so.

First off, there were 45 entrants, 11 of whom earned an extra entry by promoting the contest on their blog or via Twitter. So here's how the list looked before being randomized:

Chris
Chris
Tony Burbs
Mike Matson
JediJeff
Stealing Home
Rosenort
Angus
Al Kawamoto
Josh D.
EP
Ketchupman36
Corky
Greg Zakwin
Greg Zakwin
Mark Hoyle
Mark Hoyle
Jason L.
Jason L.
Sports Card Collectors
Sports Card Collectors
Justin S.
Justin S.
Matthew Scott
Fuji
Trevor P
Trevor P
gcrl
Commishbob
Commishbob
Paul's TTM Blog
Paul's TTM Blog
defgav
The Angels In Order
Tim B.
Tim B.
arpsmith
SingleDaddyof2
Julie Owens
Adam Kaningher
Daniel Wilson
The Lost Collector
mr haverkamp
Nick
Billy Kingsley
DMA
Jeff S.
TSHenson
Nachos Grande
Jeff Laws
Jeff Laws
Richard
Richard Nebe Jr.
Collecting Cutch
Bru
B Man

So who's going to be the big winner? And who's going to win the runner-up prize for finishing last? After being randomized six times, this is how things shook out:

List Randomizer

There were 56 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Justin S.
  2. Greg Zakwin
  3. Jason L.
  4. TSHenson
  5. Jason L.
  6. Justin S.
  7. Angus
  8. Mike Matson
  9. Jeff Laws
  10. Corky
  11. EP
  12. Adam Kaningher
  13. Richard
  14. mr haverkamp
  15. Tim B.
  16. Billy Kingsley
  17. Tim B.
  18. Rosenort
  19. Jeff Laws
  20. JediJeff
  21. Commishbob
  22. Nick
  23. Julie Owens
  24. Trevor P
  25. Sports Card Collectors
  26. DMA
  27. Fuji
  28. Tony Burbs
  29. Chris
  30. B Man
  31. Chris
  32. Al Kawamoto
  33. Stealing Home
  34. Paul's TTM Blog
  35. Collecting Cutch
  36. Mark Hoyle
  37. Nachos Grande
  38. SingleDaddyof2
  39. Sports Card Collectors
  40. Richard Nebe Jr.
  41. Trevor P
  42. arpsmith
  43. Paul's TTM Blog
  44. Josh D.
  45. gcrl
  46. Mark Hoyle
  47. Ketchupman36
  48. Commishbob
  49. Matthew Scott
  50. defgav
  51. Daniel Wilson
  52. Bru
  53. Greg Zakwin
  54. Jeff S.
  55. The Angels In Order
  56. The Lost Collector
IP: 248.146.26.26
Timestamp: 2017-11-15 22:30:33 UTC
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You have randomized this list 6 times.

Congratulations to Justin S.! Since we have not had any dealings before, please email your mailing address to jtef 82 at g mail dot com, and that way we will also be able to go over any other particulars that may need to be gone over.

Also, congratulations to The Lost Collector for his last place finish! We haven't yet had any interactions either, so if you could please email me your address as well, I can then start trying to come up with something to send you.

Once again, thank you to everyone who participated. Depending on how things work out (i.e. if I get a free shipping voucher from one of the Black Friday scratch-offs), I might do this again in March. And no matter how that goes, I will definitely hold this contest again before the next Black Friday sale.


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

One last reminder

If you haven't yet entered for a chance to win a mini COMC shopping spree, don't worry, there's still time to do so, just click here for all the details. The Contest ends tomorrow at 5pm EST.


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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Contest reminder

Do you like the idea of possibly winning a mini COMC shopping spree? If so, just click here for the all the details.


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Thursday, November 9, 2017

COMC Black Friday Contest

For anyone new, or for those who just don't remember, I ran a contest earlier this year in which I gave away some of my earned COMC credit. After the contest was over, I mentioned that I would be doing it again later in the year for the Black Friday sale.

So now that it's later in the year, and the sale will be starting in less than two weeks, it seems like a good time to get this contest going.

Who's eligible: EVERYONE! It doesn't matter which part of this wonderful planet of ours that you happen to live, you're invited to enter.

How to enter: Just a leave a comment, simple is that. You can also earn an extra entry for promoting the contest on your blog, and for those who don't have a blog, a Twitter plug will be accepted as well --just be sure to leave a link in the comments.

The prize: The winner will get $15 in credit to use on whatever you want during (or before if you want to) the sale, but you will have to let me know what you want sometime before Monday (the 27th) night, that way I can put in my free shipping request. Oh, and that $15 total isn't set in stone, so don't worry if you end up going over by a buck or two. A prize will also be awarded to whoever comes in last place, I don't know exactly what it will be yet, but I will try to come up with something that will be of some interest to you. I should probably mention too that since moving to Tennessee a couple of years ago, I seem to be for whatever reason, just about the last person to receive their post Black Friday shipment. The last two years, I haven't received my shipments until a couple of day before Christmas, so whoever wins the grand prize, probably won't see their item(s) until after Christmas.

The rest of the details: The contest will run from today until 5pm (EST) next Wednesday (the 15th), at which time I will randomize the list of names six times, and announce the winner(s) later that night.

I think that covers everything, so to anyone who decides to enter, I wish you the best of luck.


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