And one more time we go back to the rules from the first post, and one more time I have broken those rules.
This should be clarified for my own benefit here as we move forward so I don’t cloud what has transpired over the years. The original plan was to send to all living card holders from the 1987 Topps set to see how lucky I could get – then it expanded to take on the 1987 Topps Traded set because, well, I got one. So I figured I better get them signed as well.
Throughout the peaks and valleys of this project, addiction has taken over. Now, not in a sense that I am going to be willing to pay $1k for the Ricky Wright card(s) but I am now willing to go further to obtain cards that I would not otherwise be able to do.
So, as the last post interjected Private Signings (which I have been participating in more frequently) this one will focus on one website where I have picked up a pile of cards over the last couple of months. Mickeys Cards – aka http://www.mickeyscards.com – let me start by saying that I have no affiliation with them and am not being paid for this endorsement (it would be a terrible investment on their part as no one reads any of this).
I first heard of Mickey’s on twitter – I would be fully willing to pass along the good member that sent me in that direction for that first look but I’m too old and my brain is too feeble so that twitter member has been lost in the cobwebs of my memories. My most sincere apologies.
Service is fantastic and shipping is lightning fast – I think I have placed three different orders with them and all of them shipped within 12 hours of payment – crazy good considering most were probably placed at around 10pm Pacific Time.
So lets have a look, shall we?
There are going to be far too many cards for me to go through them individually so I am just going to let you have a look for yourself and I will do my best to arrange them by the sets or themes when they were purchased. As you can see above, this was a number of 1987 Topps that were scratched off the list.
One 1987 Topps card tucked in there (an upgrade to the ball point pen that I had prior) but the rest are all 1988 Fleer as you can see.
1984 Topps is the theme here with a 1983 Topps Dave Henderson to add to the Mariners collection or the 1983 Topps build, whichever binder has more space I suppose.
And lastly is a huge pile of 1989 Topps and Topps Traded.
As you can see by these photos, I was able to scratch off a huge number of needs from quite a number of projects. Prices are certainly reasonable and, as mentioned above, the service and shipping is wonderful.
Now, in all of these cards, there was on that was pretty suspect – the legitimacy of the auto was in significant doubt. I reached out to the guys at Mickey’s, they responded but then took some time to review the autograph and compare with others, they agreed with our assessment that it was not an authentic autograph and were quick to offer me a refund or credit (I took the credit – we both knew I was going back…ha!).
I’m not going to tell you it was great service because they rolled over and gave me a refund. What I appreciated is that they dug into the card itself, where they acquired it, the auto, comparisons, etc – and came to a decision. Had they come back after all of that and advised that they were comfortable with the authenticity, my review would be the same – I much prefer those that do their homework and come back with an informed decision than those that just cave and offer the quick refund. It’s truly better for everyone involved.
So with that I leave you once again – if you are in the market to buy auto’d cards (or many other auto’d/non auto’d items) then go check them out. I truly great and reliable resource out there for all collectors.