The Legend

The Legend

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Old MacDonald

I was prepared to make this post live around 6:30, but instead I got caught in a marathon session of Old MacDonald with my daughter.  It was quite the rendition complete with realistic animal sounds and multiple encore performances. We stopped as soon as my wife started recording.

2014 Topps Josh Harrison Auto/Jersey /25

Frequently I talk about finding the perfect time to start pouncing on autographs on eBay. Sometimes it is better to strike early while other times patience is key. Buying Cutch early was a smart move, Brian Bixler not so much. The prospect game is a tough one to play.

Where things get easy are on late bloomers. Josh Harrison was a feel good story back in 2014 and was arguably the Pirates most valuable player not named McCutchen. Since Harrison wasn't much of a prospect, card choices were thin up until the breakout. So when the first autos hit the market prices were through the roof. Harrison autos were selling higher than the likes of Gerrit Cole and Starling Marte.  Yikes! 

So the obvious move was to wait.  Every so often this can bite you in the ass, but for players with Harrison's skillset and pedigree they rarely take that next step into cardboard stardom. Sure enough with him being featured in more sets the prices came down drastically. The above card which would have easily fetch $40-60 at release time was secured for about $13.  Even that price is on the high end for a Harrison auto, but the All Star relic/autos carry a premium. Over the last few months I've been adding autos in the $5-8 range. 

Patience is key sometimes.  

Now back to it.. EIEIO

8 comments:

  1. "We stopped as soon as my wife started recording."

    Lol.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ditto. That's some good stuff right there!

      Delete
    2. No need for incriminating video...

      Delete
  2. How does that song go? Old McDonald had a Barmes? EIEIO?

    ReplyDelete
  3. Might as well keep going. And with his Barmes he had a Cutch. EIEIO. With a Cutch, Cutch here and a Cutch, Cutch there. Here a Cutch, there a Cutch. Everywhere a Cutch, Cutch. Happy Friday.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have her saying Pirates and McCutchen. Maybe I can make a more suitable version of the song.

      Delete
  4. Great card - among the other 1000 mini collections I'm not keeping track of, I really want to start accumulating cards from the 2014 All Star Game.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I imagine 2014 and 2015 Topps will have a lot of relics.

      Delete