A while back I made the questionable decision to try collecting the 2011 Topps Chrome set...in Atomic Refractor format. I knew at the outset this would be quite a challenge. Each card is serial-numbered to /225, which doesn't sound too bad and is by far and away the most prolific of any Atomic Refractor parallel that I'm aware of. Even still, with a 220-card checklist this is no small endeavor.
I'm now over the 80% complete mark with the set, which is pretty damn good if I do say so myself. This is the point though where a lot of the low-hanging fruit has already been plucked and set building something like this becomes a real challenge. Case in point...Chipper Jones:
Finally, a few months back, I got a hit. Was listed at a 99 cents opening bid with $3 shipping. This was it. I set the sniping program I use to bid up to a full $10 on the card. After all, I know Jones is popular but who's going to pay more than $13 shipped for a mid-range parallel from seven years ago? I'd be able to cross card #2 off my Atomic Refractor want list at long last. As it turns out someone was willing to pay that much for the card. In fact, a couple of people were. If I recall correctly the card went for somewhere in the $13-14 (plus shipping) range.
I was a bit deflated to be honest. I felt kinda dumb that a card I'd been searching more than a year for fell through my grasp over just a few dollars.
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The Time Has Come - I've talked about it a lot, and finally it's time to start the buyback frankenset. I don't know who's interested, but I'm sure Shane is! ______________...