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If you remember back to the spring, I started something I called The Patchworks Project. I love patch cards and I started to grab some whenever I found a good deal. Since we’re now getting near the start of NFL Pre-Season games*, I figured I should get into a football state of mind.

I’ve made it well known that I graduated from Indiana University so when IU produced a high round football draft pick in 2008 (James Hardy), I knew I wanted to go out and grab a few of his cards. Since he didn’t really make a splash last year, finding some of his good cards at a good price wasn’t real difficult.

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The first card I picked up was Hardy’s Rookie Auto Patch from the 2008 SP Authentic product. I picked this up not long after SPA was released last year so I’m sure I overpaid for it. I would imagine I could get the same card now for 30% less than I what I spent for it back then. The patch is so-so but the card features on on card signature which is something that I’m getting pretty big on so that was a definite plus.

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The second Hardy card in my collection is this Dual Patch card from the 2008 Exquisite product. The patch pieces in this card are really good and feature a lot of colors so I’m real happy with the way the card looks. I got this card for a song due to a seller deciding to end his listing at 1:00 in the afternoon. (Here’s a helpful tip…don’t be a moron when listing things on ebay. The majority of ebay traffic and bidding occurs at night, not in the middle of the afternoon) This particular card is numbered #6/15. There was another card like this numbered to 15 that featured bits of the Reebok logo from the jersey. I bid pretty aggresively on it when it was on ebay but I missed out.

The last card in my mini James Hardy collection is the Rookie Signature Patch from Exquisite numbered #64/75. Again, I bid on this card right after the product was released and I’m pretty damn sure I overpaid on this one. But, I don’t regret the purchase at all since the card looks great. Again, the on card signature is clean and flawless and really looks good on the card. The patch looks like it could be part of the “A” from his name across the back.  

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I give people a lot of grief when they decide to open up boxes or cases of Upper Deck because I feel like you never really get your money’s worth. But I do admit that they do some products exactly right and I think Exquisite Football and SPA Football are two of their better products. If you have a player you like, chase down these cards. You won’t be sorry.

* Mini-Rant – How damn ridiculous is it that the NFL charges people full price on tickets to pre-season games?!? Now that I’m a season ticket holder, I have to admit that I’m pretty pissed about having to shell out $200+ for a pre-season game next Friday night against the Vikings where I won’t even see the guys I pay the money to see. Bah!!

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As much as I love my new Patchworks Project, it’s starting to get real tough. I’m finding that I’m very picky about the patch cards I like. It just so turns out that the patch cards I love seem to be the same patch cards that a lot of others love and prices are getting pretty high. I’ve still managed to score a couple that I thought were pretty good prices and I’ll get those up over the next couple of days. peavy-jumboThis first one to show off is this beauty…

This is a Jake Peavy “Career Best” jumbo patch from 2009 Topps Series I and is numbered #5/20. I actually won this card almost 3 weeks ago and it took forever to get here (more on that later). Maybe I’m a sucker, but I LOVE these jumbo patches. If they didn’t cost an arm and a leg, I would make jumbo patches my new thing and buy only those. But people go crazy for these things and the prices get pretty high. I managed to score this one for what I think is a steal at $40. At the Sun-Times Show I was at a few weeks ago, some seller wanted $300 for a similar Derrek Lee jumbo patch. Are you insane?!? $300?? Ugh! But I digress….

The patch itself is from the front of Peavy’s home Padres jersey and is very clearly the “a” in the word Padres. It’s a beautiful looking patch that features three colors and a good portion of the jersey. I really like it.

Now comes the bad part. If you look at the scan (you don’t even have to look all that closely), you’ll see a pretty significant crease coming out of the bottom right corner of the patch window. That was not there in the auction picture and the seller claimed the card was in “perfect cond.”. Well, let me tell you what happened. This jack ass of a seller charged me $4.00 for shipping and then shipped this card in a plain white envelope. On top of that, the card was in a toploader in between two pieces of cardboard and sliding all over the envelope! Are you f’n kidding me?!?!?

In addition to that one very visible crease, there were creases coming from the top two window corners and one along the left side of the card. Needless to say, I was pissed and I’m still pissed. Listen….if you’re going to sell cards on ebay, you better damn well be prepared to ship these cards in bubble mailers and ensure they arrive safely. There is no excuse for this. The seller received a pretty nasty email from me so we’ll see what he offers to do. I don’t really want to return the card for my money back since I was geeked to win it and I doubt I’ll ever win another one for that kind of money. I would be happy to get a portion of my payment back, which I feel is fair. We’ll see.

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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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