I am sure most collectors are aware of the Topps Now program where you can buy a card featuring a so called notable event from the previous day. Collectors can also buy wall art that looks like various cards or complete sets. A new twist this year is the Topps Chrome Sapphire Set. For the low price of $1500, you get 700 base cards along with 2 1/1s and a handful of other numbered cards. Topps produced 250 sets, but it will be interesting to see how many of them are sold. I am guessing quite a few will be left over and be part of a Black Friday sale.
Singles have been popping up on EBAY for a while now. Last week I ran across a seller who listed all 21 Cardinal cards in the set with $3.50 flat rate shipping no matter how many auctions you won. I sat at my computer Friday night and placed bids on some of the cheaper cards. I won a total of 14 auctions.
Yet 2 more pitchers from the lot. Martinez has become the most effective starter this year, while Siegrist is good at times, but suffers from fatigue and dead arm at times. Matheny needs to scale back his use of Siegrist if he plans to have him around for many years.
11 of the cards I won for the $0.75 starting bid, while the Pham was $1.06 and Carpenter and Martinez were $1.56. Total including shipping was $15.93. I will try buy the last 7 cards to complete the team set, but with Molina, Picostty, and Wainwright left it will be more costly. I will say the cards are beautiful in hand, but wish they were numbered.