Every so often when I have a few minutes to kill with my iPad, I'll search the trading card section on eBay for 'Autograph', sort by Ending Soonest and see if there's any low-hanging fruit to be plucked at the last moment. Doing so last weekend led me to one of my more satisfying cheap autograph buys in quite some time:
I don't recall ever having seen these "Collision Course" autos before, but the card is wonderfully bright and vibrant, and features a nice, large on-card autograph. I love that it depicts a play from the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, and that it was signed by Thomas just weeks or months after the Bruins won their lone championship of my lifetime.
I know Tim Thomas isn't exactly a HOFer, but for a couple of years there he was one of the elite goalies in the league. I'm surprised that it took me so long, but I'm happy to finally add his autograph to my hockey card collection, especially for the bargain basement price of $3.26 plus shipping!
2011 Allen & Ginter Hobby - I don't actually recall even opening a pack of these ever; not even in 2011. Let's see what we have inside! Prince Fielder, Travis Hafner (Indians! Waho...