I’ve been saying I was going to do a fanpost on my collection so I’m glad I’m finally getting around to it. I know a couple of you (TTG & Sam) have collection and would like to see yours, hope the others that stop by find some of this interesting. I’ll start off by saying sorry nothing’s really organized in the photobucket.
Like any litt
le kid I loved baseball and baseball cards. There was a card shop in Point Loma on the way to the little league field where I grew up and played and made many stops there as a little guy. I love busting packs and collecting my favorite players. I usually opened the cheaper packs which were just regular old Upper Deck or Topps. I would always try and put the sets together but never succeeded. The Padres weren’t good when I was growing up (outside of our run in the mid to late 90s) so I was a little apathetic towards the Padres, outside of Tony there wasn’t too much to get excited over. Don’t get me wrong, I rooted for the Padres but I was super into Griffey and Andruw Jones as I’m sure every little kid was. As I got to high school I stopped collecting and believe it or not, stop following baseball, which I was obsessed with growing up.
Fast forward to college in Boulder in 2006, the Padres were making the playoffs and I rediscovered the game I loved. I started watching the games and following the Padres although at that point it wasn’t what it is today which is checking GLB and Padres news many times a day. With my newfound passion for baseball came a rekindled love for baseball cards. With the invention of ebay and a completely different landscape of cards, along with more disposable income, I was in. Back in the day cards were basic, usually base cards and some inserts. Looking back on my childhood collection, there wasn’t really anything of note. Although I later learned there were some super rare inserts in the 90s I wasn’t aware of them as a kid and unfortunately never came across any.
Today, cards are all about autographs and "hits." Base cards are unfortunately worthless for the most part. I still keep all of the Padres that I pull out of packs and keep them in a folder. Same with all of the Latos cards I pull as he was the player that I really started collecting when I got back into it as you’ll see when I actually get to the cards. A big fad these days is prospecting which is essentially betting on minor leaguers rookie cards. As you’ll see by my cards, I’ve fallen trap to this and collect all of our Padres minor leaguers rookie cards. You’ll see that I have multiples and the reason for that is if a player gets hot, I can sell the duplicates for a nice profit. Right now, I’ve put together a nice little collection of Austin Hedges, I think he’s going to be a star for us and even before then, I think he’s going to put up big numbers next year in the CAL league.
The prospects are big for me since it’s fun to follow their careers through the minors and honestly, prior to this year (in the past few years) there hasn’t been anyone worth collecting besides Latos. That’s changing now with Alonso and Grandal. Alonso is starting to have cards in a Padres uniform and I’ll start getting some, I expect Grandal and Casey Kelly cards next year. As for the other parts of my collection, I’m always looking to add nice Gwynn’s and I eventually want to have all of Jerry Coleman’s cards since he’s the only notable Padre (outside of Ted Williams) with a vintage card. One of the next big purchases will be a Ted Williams auto. I also was able to get a Chase Headley game used bat and a Kevin Correa game used jersey from fan fest last year. Also have some signed baseballs including Gwynn, Ozzie Smith, David Wells, Maybin, Latos, Grandal and a 1941 Philadelphia Athletics signed ball with autographs from Connie Mack and Al Simmons. Mike, a good buddy and a fellow GLBer was kind enough to give me an autographed Tony Gwynn bat with a HOF inscription.
Anyways, sorry for the long read. Below are some of my favorites. The rest of the collection is in the photobucket link. A couple more notes. Last year I pulled a Bryce Harper RC auto out of Bowman and a Brandon Nimmo Red Refractor Auto /5, I sold them each for $750 a piece, crazy stuff. At one point I also had the Antony Rizzo 2011 Topps Update Platinum 1/1 which I ended up selling to Anthony’s brother. Kicking myself for selling that last off season as I could have made a nickel or two on that, glad it’s in a good home though.
Connie Mack autograph on the baseball
Headley and Haritston game used bats (gave the Shrek bat to my soon to be father in law)
Autographed Tony Gwynn bat with HOF inscription-Thanks again Mike!
Gwynn and Winfield RC
Latos Futures Game Patch
2012 Joe Ross Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor RC Auto /50
2012 Austin Hedges Bowman Chrome Blue Refractor RC Auto /150 x3
San Diego's finest. 2010 Stephen Strasburg Bowman Chrome Refractor RC Auto /500
And we'll end with a Gwynn...Gold SP Authentic Chirography Gold Auto /21
Here's the link to the rest. Hope you folks enjoyed.