Bid Board Finds: coming after the ‘Bell’

When I walked into Valley Sports Cards on Saturday, I wasn’t expecting to buy anything for myself. I went in there for Pokemon cards for the twins. I wasn’t expecting to get any cards off the bid board as I was there a little past 1 pm, and their bid board ends at 1 pm. So how did I end up with cards from the bid board? They said that if something wasn’t bid on then I could take have the card for the minimum bid. Part of me wanted to take every jersey and autograph that was qualified and was a dollar. I operate in moderation however and only took a few items. $3 for 3 cards.

Alvan Adams jersey; grabbed it because I would never sniff National Treasures in real life. Kenny Bell patch, because a dollar for a recent patch , even if it is event worn, is a steal from any card shop. Rashad Greene because acetate autographs are beautiful. All PC impulse buys.

Bid Board Finds: 2 shops, 4 cards, 8 bucks

I love the bid boards at my favorite hobby shops because I get quality stuff and end up spending more on gas.
It’s all basketball this week, encompassing 2 shops again. Ironically I spent 4 dollars at each shop for the 2 basketball cards they each gave me.

Let’s start with the shop that I consider my home away from, Valley Sports Cards:
Spent 3 dollars for the Morris autograph and a buck for the Dragic dual. I really like the concept of the Dragic card. Morris started the season great the other night as he put up 17 points with 9 rebounds. He is averaging those numbers this season as well; you can guess why.


Now onto my loot from Northridge Sports Collectibles: 20161027_111812Celtics triple jersey for 1.25 with Jared Sullinger, Marcus Smart, and Avery Bradley; numbered to 99. A.C. Green autographed letter for 2.75. Maybe I will start trying to build ANGRY in these letters, now that I have an extra N.

Bid Board Finds: 2 shops, 1 post


3 cards from Valley Sports Cards for $2.25. Good luck getting a triple jersey with decent players from a card shop for cheap but I pulled it off, twice. Not to mention the players aren’t trash either; well except Bargnani. Took a quarter flyer on the Unparalleled numbered card because I like the design and can’t afford to crack a box open of it.


$3.75 for 3 cards, well 2 cards and 1 ‘collectible,’ from Northridge Sports Collectibles. The Lance Kendricks auto was a quarter flyer bid. I feel Michael Carter-Williams has peaked and his card market is slipping; especially being able to grab his autograph at a reasonable $1.25.  The coin from 330 AD , the Constantine era of the Roman Empire, was a very reasonable $2. I have no idea of the value but it is a cool item that is a great conversation piece; especially among my Christian friends. That alone, is worth it to me.

Random Review: Totally Certified Basketball, Christmas Present

It’s New Years Eve and I just now opened one of the two boxes that I got for Christmas. As I stated, I have pretty good will power and waited until I had a hunger to open a box.
I opened my Panini Totally Certified 2013/2014 box. It had 6 packs with a hit in each pack. The price point wasn’t too bad as I bought the box for $50 from Valley Sports Cards – no they don’t sponsor the site, I just love namedropping them when I can because of how awesome they are. This is actually my second foray with Totally Certified as the very first Random Review that I ever did was the football version of the same year – found here. I was underwhelmed with that box but I chalked it up to a poor rookie class; plus at my price range, I don’t really have many options when I go into the store. I am a basketball collector anyway so I didn’t mind taking a chance.


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A Christmas story about my PTSD

In the past on here, I have been open about my PTSD and anxiety that goes with it. This entry about is a little window further into it.

On Christmas I didn’t get any cards but I did get an ‘IOU’ and a gift card to buy cards. Like anyone, I couldn’t wait until the day after when I could cash those in. So on the 26th, I headed to my favorite card shop, Valley Sports Cards.

I rarely ever can afford to buy a box of cards but this time I was able to buy two. Sure I was buying two $50 boxes and not a box that cost $70 to $150 but this was a big deal to me. Even though I ended up spending $110, this was by far my biggest card purchase ever at any retail shop. This combined with buying a chase pack and winning, was enough to make my head spin and trigger my anxiety.
I have covered the chase packs that I buy from Valley Sports Cards before: here. In the past I have said that I have grabbed the thickest pack so I went with the opposite this time; I grabbed the thinnest. I wasn’t expecting to win a prize, and am not sure that I really wanted to. It is when you aren’t expecting to get something that it usually happens. The odds say 1 in 16.6 on the front but I have probably had much better luck than that. When I saw that I won, I was kind of pissed. I didn’t want Alex and Lona to think that I was cheating the system. I know part of this thinking is normal but it is magnified even more with my anxiety. This combined with buying 2 boxes was too much for my head. I picked a Kurt Rambis autograph as my prize by the way.

I drove with my brother. Going back from Tarzana, where the shop is, to Simi Valley, where I live, is a 30 minute drive because they are not freeway close so for 8 miles or so I am on side streets before I hit the 118 freeway. For the first half of that span, you could hear a pin drop in the car. I didn’t turn on the stereo or say a word.

A huge key to getting through is anxiety is getting through destructive thoughts. Destructive might be too grand of a word to explain this as I am functional during this thinking, but you get what I am saying; it was unhealthy. The key is to identify destructive thinking so you can reverse it and put a positive spin on it as fast as possible. After 15 minutes, I apologized to him and told him what was bugging me. For a high school sophomore, who I don’t see all the time, he was cool about it. We talked it out and came to the conclusion that this purchase was a huge anomaly and if I got the boxes yesterday then I wouldn’t be feeling this way; after all this was from 2 people. With regards to the chase pack, I will just have to accept that Alex and Lona know that I am a good person who would never cheat them; plus good things deserve to happen to me: a fact that I need to come around to.

I was going back and forth about whether to share this. Ultimately I decided to share my thoughts because I know that these depression and anxiety is more common than it should be. As a great person on Twitter said, we should break the stigma of mental health issues being a problem. I am not sharing this for people to feel sorry for me, I am sharing this to add to the rhetoric that needs to be growing.

By the way my purchases:


20151227_141933The contents of the chase pack.