Friday, August 27, 2010

The Joy of Completed Pages

I'm borrowing this idea from other bloggers as it's fun to do and it really is the best way to show off what I've done.

My LCS is a great place to shop, lots of selection and the prices aren't off the wall crazy like some I've heard about. One of the best things is he keeps a nice supply of older boxes and sells them at just over his cost. Last year one of the boxes caught my eye, 2008 Upper Deck Goudey. I had bought several packs of this when it first came out and liked the design so I bought a box and tried to see what I could get. Hit wise it's not overly great, you get one jersey and one on-card autograph per box. If you're lucky that autograph is a Sports Royalty version or one of several SP's. You could also pull original 1933 Goudey buybacks, these fall one per case. After I got my first box opened and sorted I decided to try and put the set together. The base set was no problem as I had most of it in one box. However, the last 130 cards were short-prints and you only got 8 or so per box. So almost every time I went into the shop I bought a new box. I probably bought a case worth of Goudey trying to pull the SP's to complete my set. Along the way I pulled several of the Sports Royalty autographs including my favorites Kerri Strug and Kerri Walsh. For regular autographs I pulled a Don Mattingly and a Brooks Robinson. I got a couple of the Yankee Stadium Legacy jersey cards and I managed to get one 1933 Goudey buyback of Lew Fonseca.

I finally got to the point where I had only five or six cards to go and I decided to quit buying boxes as I was getting too many doubles of the SP's. I had pulled three of the hardest cards: Tiger Woods, Sidney Crosby and Jack Nicklaus and started looking for singles online. This last month I finally got down to two cards I needed, Kerri Strug and Terry Bradshaw. After some searching I found both on E-bay. The Strug was an auction that I ended up winning for $.99 and the Bradshaw I actually found on a buy it now/BO. I offered the seller $3.00 and waited. The offer was accepted and I never heard from the guy again. I had to open a case and get my money refunded. So I started looking elsewhere for the card. In came Check Out My Cards and the one seller on there that had my Bradshaw. I again made an offer and less than a week later I got the last card I needed for my fully complete 2008 Upper Deck Goudey card set built by hand. Now I know some of you will look at the first scan and say it's not a complete page, well, you're right. It starts with card 200 as I don't have the regular base set in pages yet. I put that part of the set together months ago and it's stored in a box that I need to pull out.

If there is anyone out there that is trying to put this set together and needs some of the Sp's please hit me up. I have a stack and will gladly work something out with you.


  1. I need one more for my Red Sox team set and a whole bunch of them for my mini team set.

    2008 Goudey
    303 Wade Boggs

    2008 Goudey Mini
    22 David Ortiz
    23 Manny Ramirez
    25 Dustin Pedroia
    28 Daisuke Matsuzaka
    29 Jonathan Papelbon
    204 Carl Yastrzemski
    205 Carlton Fisk
    206 Fred Lynn
    271 Carl Yastrzemski
    303 Wade Boggs

    I also could use a Marino Sport Royalty if you have one.

  2. I'll take a look and see what I can find.

  3. Wow, that is some high-level set building dedication. I could use pretty much any leftover Sports Royalty & Black & White SPs you might have left. What can I offer in return?

  4. Oh, Oh, I need some SPs!

    Check my site for my wants and cards for trade.

  5. I sent you an e-mail about the extras I have