EscoBAR None (Or Two)

I have very few card collections given my limited resources and space, but I did decide some time ago to begin collecting on-card Royals autographs. It’s been a blast so far trying to track these things down and this is the latest addition to my collection. To view the cards currently in the collection, take a look at the Gallery or the other posts in this series. I’m working on getting a legit want list together on my trade page but, in the meantime, if you have any on-card Royals autos that it looks like I don’t have, don’t hesitate to drop me a line!

2KCSS. You heard it here first, folks.

Well, I officially have 2 Alcides Escobar cards in my Royals On-Card Auto Collection. I got this here #/50 emerald 2011 Triple Threads 3 relic monstrosity for about $10 right around the time the set came out and figured I’d have the other 2 I needed (the /99 and /75 versions) in short order. As it turns out, the price I got on this card was a bit of a fluke, with the other versions clocking in at closer to $20 and I just plain never got them. Oh well. I’ve got at least 50 years left on this planet, right? And at least 20 of them where the American dollar still has some value. I just want to make sure I get them all before I start burning my cards as fuel and using toploaders to scrape deer carcasses on the wastelands of the Midwest.

Whoa. Too grim?


Well, it’s not all bad news. I actually happened to get this /25 sepia-toned version for like $13. I figured it’d go well over $20 but I guess I don’t understand how totally imaginary markets apply valuation. It was one of those accidental purchases, but at the time I figured, “Hey, bonus!” But I’ve recently recommitted myself to the rules of my collection (nothing numbered under 50 may find purchase on these collecting lands) so this one will be lost in the soon-to-be-announced Great Card Purge of 2012. Stay tuned.

Incidentally, Escobar remains a serviceable shortstop, though advanced fielding stats say his defense is suffering this year. He was kind of the centerpiece in the Greinke trade with the Brewers a while back, so hopefully he pulls it all together and lives up to the potential of his most similar player by age: Ronny Cedeno.


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