The video game set up and the retro styled autographs both blew me away., I gotta up my home display game.
In my own card news, I finally got the last 1953 Bowman I needed to complete the set, so once that is in we'll be at 160/160 and I'll have to rig up a workable photo show off for it. After going through it, only 10 of the 160 ended up below my quality level (which was functionally an "authentic" grade with some real flaws - and only two somewhat pricy ones. Another 40 or so fall into the "I'd like to improve them but not my biggest priority". The Mantle and Reese were both PSA2 (Mantle was a marked so PSA1 in reality but both of the major issues with the card really don't bother me), so I think I'm pretty settled on those for a while.
The next set build is the 98 SP Chirography autograph list. The bad news is that an absurdly priced Griffey is at the center of it and a tough Gwynn is also in there, so it may not be a complete set build (I have a pricy Griffey rookie already, I'm not moving it, and I don't need two) but I hope to get close. If anyone happens to have any sitting around let me know.
I'm starting to get the breaking itch again. I kind of had a rough last week and wanted the thrill of gambling without really leaving the house, so i threw in some break bids on eBay and grabbed a couple cheap teams (IMO for what they had in the set) in a six box Topps Chrome Update break. A few things...Topps QC on this set is wild - some cards were WAY off center, the color hit (if a box had one) was always in the bottom packs. Second, the return on these are pretty terrible. I saw one color or auto per box that wasn't the purple in each pack, an auto in every other hobby box (all three were um...not so great, and I got one of them)...Topps is insanely fortunate the checklist is stacked or this product would've suffered the same wrath as regular Topps Chrome did. I think the Mariners (Julio) spot went for like $250 or so (ebay) and they got two Julio purple which seemed like the upside unless you get absurdly lucky. And I think I got lucky - got an auto (28 year old reliever who got a cup of coffee woooooo), my key rookies in a purple and base, and didn't break the bank on the slot. But man, that's a singles product if there ever was one - buy your card and walk away. All that to say...if we do a break again let's not do Topps Chrome Update