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I can’t believe how into this patch thing I have become. I’m constantly searching ebay every day looking for some good stuff and I’m finding that it’s real easy to find it and surprisingly easy to not break the bank with some of this stuff. This is some of the most fun I’ve had to collecting in a long time. Two new cards today.rw..

The first is this patch card of Reggie Wayne from the 2008 Topps Triple Threads. First off, no it’s not really this neon green in person. The light from the scanner just made it brighter. As you know, I’m a big Colts fan so getting a patch card of one of my favorite players is pretty cool. The card is numbered #2/9. All in all, the patch and the card design could be a lot better but for what I ended up paying for it, I’m certainly not complaining. I imagine I’ll upgrade my Reggie Wayne entry as time goes on. For now, this will do.

The jbsecond new card I got was this Josh Beckett card (#9/9). This is from the 2008 Triple Threads and features patches from Beckett’s All-Star Game warm up jersey from the 2007 game in San Francisco. Some people may not like these cards, but I think they’re pretty cool. They are certainly a step up from Topps’ previous attempts at the All-Star Game patch cards where they gave you a tiny window and just one small glimpse at the patch. At least with these you get three windows and you get a nice view. This was another card that I got for way cheaper than I really expected. I kinda just threw out a low bid on it and it happened to stick. Again, not complaining. Beckett is one of the best pitchers in baseball….when healthy. Sad that you actually have to make that point when discussing him.

I did manage to win a couple other cheap patch cards earlier this week but I didn’t get them paid for until yesterday so it’ll likely be next week before I get them. Most were cheap pickups but there was one card where I put down a serious bid and won it. I’m anxiously awaiting that one.

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Ok, before you read this and think “this dude is crazy”, yes I do change my mind all the time. I’m never satisfied with something I have in hand and always want something to chase. It’s my nature, I’m learning to deal with it.

As I’ve said before, chasing Morneau cards has gotten to be a bit of a drag lately. I’m just not in to single color swatches and plain autographed cards. I like things that “pop” and there just isn’t much out there that I don’t have already. That being said, I’m happy to announce my new side project….The Patchworks Project

So what is TPP? Early last week I got bored one evening and started bouncing around ebay checking out cards that contained patch pieces and was amazed at how many really cool cards there are out there. After giving it a lot of thought, I decided that I would start to chase a few down and see where they ended.

The ccjp1first card I snagged was this great looking dual patch card of Chris Carpenter and Jake Peavy from the 2007 UD Premier. The Peavy patch by itself is pretty cool but it was the Carpenter patch that put this one over the top for me. The patch is actually a piece of the “Inaugural Season” patch that the Cardinals wore the season that the new Busch Stadium opened. I wasn’t sure at all where it would end but expected it to be around $20 or so. I was shocked when I won the card for $9! At that point, I knew I was going to get hooked and the Patchworks Project was going to be something that would keep me busy for awhle.

The day after I won the Carpenter/Peavy4319_1 card, I submitted a Best Offer on this Johan Santana jumbo patch card from the 2006 Exquisite Baseball product. Up until he was traded to the Mets, I was collecting Santana stuff along with my Morneau stuff. This was one card that at that time was out of my price range. But due to the dropping resale value of a lot of cards these days I decided to take a shot at it and won the card for about 1/3 what it was going for over a year ago.

Since that time I’ve been keeping my Watch List on ebay filled with neat looking patch cards. Some go for way more than I want to spend but some don’t and I have been able to pick up a few that look great.

I will admit that TPP may open up a can of worms that I was hoping would stay sealed. I’ve been doing very well with keeping strictly to baseball products over the last couple years. Even though there are a wealth of really nice football, hockey, and basketball products out there, I have stayed strong and stayed away. This new project ruined all of that. Personally I blame the guys on the message board I frequent. I watched these guys bust cases of this year’s Exquisite Football and looked at all the great patch cards and then I broke down and won this card:

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This James Hardy card is numbered #64/75. I had some second guessing about buying it until it got to my house today and I have to say these Exquisite cards are amazing! They look even better in person than the scans and the on card signatures really put them over the top. I went with Hardy because as many of you know, I am an Indiana University alum and Hardy is about the best thing we’ve had in football for a long time.

So there you have it. That is my new side project and I am sure it’ll help keep me entertained in between cool Morneau pieces to chase down.

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I know a lot of people really give Upper Deck a lot of crap when it comes to redemptions but they have never failed me yet and I’ve never had to wait a ridiculously long time to get a card. When I broke my case of 2006 Ultimate Collection, I was pissed when I saw that I pulled a redemption. But then I saw that the expiration date was the end of 2009 so I was still in luck. I logged on to UD’s site and keyed in the code and today the FedEx man dropped off this…

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Yeah, that’s a big picture but the card is that cool and it deserved to be gigantic. This Ultimate Ensembles Signatures is numbered #6/50 and features signatures of Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, and Lance Berkman….otherwise known as “The Killer B’s”.

I love the look of the card because all the signatures are clean and crisp. I’ve seen a lot of instances where the signatures on these small stickers are too scrunched in there and they look bad. But check out Berkman’s signature. He has a very busy signature but it is very clear.

I’m really happy with this card and would absolutely LOVE to keep it….but I don’t think I’ll be able to. Since I got hammered on the case, I’m likely not keeping a single card from it. This will likely be the most valuable card from the case and would go a long way to helping me recoup the funds I wasted. 🙂

If you’re interested in the card, let me know. I would much rather avoid ebay and the huge fees there if I can.

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