First, this post marks the first (and possibly the last) time that I have ever used the term, "sick hit(s)" (or hitz).
And Secondly, I still don't technically know what qualifies as a "sick hit", I used to think that it applied to any auto/relic, but now I'm sort of under the impression that the term is only used for 1/1's, star-player auto's, etc.
I don't know if it was because I hadn't been to show since last September, or if it was because Jim (my favorite seller at these shows, most of what you've already seen came from him), just had more things of interest to me, but either way I ended up buying a lot more auto's and relics than I normally do. Jim always has at least two 3200 ct boxes of "hits", it's these boxes that all the reseller's descend upon first, mostly because his prices are so low. Most of the time, the boxes are nearly cleaned out by the time I get there, and that's usually less than an hour after the show opens.
This show was no different, in that the vulture's had already picked over those boxes, but unlike usual, I was pleasantly surprised to find a few scraps still left on the carcass. Now that I think of it, I suppose the cards that I did get, could be considered the ones that had been deemed to have no resell value by all the flippers... but that's okay, as I was able to find some really fun stuff for myself, as well as other's (those will not be shown of course).
So no matter how the term is supposed to be used, the following is my interpretation of what a "sick hit" is:
|2001 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Game-Used Bases Level 1|
I always like seeing game-used base relics on the other blogs, so when I saw this one, and it's price of only $2, I had to have it. After I got home, I looked up the date of the game that this piece of base was used in, turns out it's from game 2 of the 2000 NLCS, which the Mets ended up winning 6-5. And as most folks will remember, the Mets ended up winning the series, advancing to play (and eventually lose to) the Yankees in the World Series. Going back to Game 2 though, according to Baseball Reference, Mark McGwire's only plate appearance came as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 8th, where he was intentionally walked. Timo Perez on the other hand, was in the starting line-up that game, finishing 1 for 5 (a single in the 8th).
This looks like it was a very fun relic set, and one that I wouldn't be opposed to getting more cards from.
|2016 Panini Black Gold Collegiate Quad Materials|
As great as this card is, I don't know if getting it for $3 was worth the hassle that I went through to try and get a decent image for this post. The scans were atrocious, and the picture above was the best I could come up with after like 30 something attempts, and even then you can still see the phone's shadow over Mariota.
|2013 Topps Museum Collection Four-Player Quad Relic Gold|
|2009 and 2016 Topps A&G Framed Mini Relics|
|2014 Panini Absolute Tools of the Trade Complete Rookies|
|2004 Playoff Prestige Connections - Materials #'d to /250|
|2001 Topps Archives Reprint Stadium Seat Relics|
|2004 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia Tools of the Trade Green Six Materials #'d 16/25|
I remember seeing Carlos Lee play, but I didn't remember anything specific about him, so I was kind of surprised to see that he hit 17 grand slams during his 13-year career, which places him in a three-way tie with Jimmie Foxx and Ted Williams for seventh on the all-time list.
|2008 SAGE Autographs Gold level|
|2000-01 Fleer Genuine Northern Flights|
|1999 Fleer Sports Illustrated Autograph Collection|
|2001 Donruss Classics Benchmarks|
|1998 Press Pass Autographs|
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