Well, that was the longest break I've taken from the blog here in years. A perfect storm of events all converged to take me away from the hobby completely for a couple of weeks there. I'll spare you the details though, after all you stopped by for a dose of sports cards, right?
Today seems like the perfect day to show off a card I've been sitting on for well over a year now, and one that is turning out to be one of my better bargain buys in recent years. Here it is:
I like Altuve enough that I tend to pick up a handful of his cards from time to time. One that I'd always wanted to seek out but just never stumbled upon at a price I was happy with was this very Cognac Diamond Anniversary parallel of his Topps rookie card proper. Like many collectors I just think these are some of the more visually attractive parallels that Topps has produced in the past ten years or so. The scan doesn't really do it justice here, but at this point I'm sure you've almost all held one of these in hand and know what I mean.
This year he again topped the league in hits, again won a batting title, was again named an All-Star and Silver Slugger, and deservedly won his first AL MVP. Oh, and brought a World Series title to Houston for the first time ever. Next year will be Jose's age 28 season, and with 1,250 career hits already in the bag it's going to be fun to follow his career and see where he ends up if he remains healthy and even a fraction as productive as he has been his last few seasons.
So, how much did my PSA 9 copy of this card set me back?
this past year?
Can you think of any instances like this where you picked up a card for a good price and then it immediately skyrocketed? I'd love to hear about your examples in the comments if so. Thanks for stopping by and hopefully it won't be another two weeks plus before you hear from me again!
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