I remember that night well … it was 2010. Everyone kept talking of this Strasburg dude, and he hadn’t even pitched a single game in the bigs yet. As I contemplated the greatness of Strasburgmania, and almost subconciously was a bit jealous that I didn’t participate, I began to give excuses. “It’s speculation … he may never make it. I don’t want to waste money!”
Then I got to thinking.
“He has a baseball card out … in bowman….doesn’t Walmart and Target sell Bowman???”
So out the door I went to scrounge up all the 2010 bowman I could get. It was night time already, and most places didn’t have any left, but one Target did. YAY!!!
I cleaned them out, which meant grabbing what was left of a 2010 bowman retail box, and a few blasters of the same.
Heart racing, I drove back home to bust the wax that may have this Nationals pitching phenom.
Retail packs … none.
Blaster one … nope.
Blaster two … zilch. Until, wait … what is this? The last pack has something … it’s purple … it’s a purple refractor rookie! STEPHEN STRASBURG PURPLE REFRACTOR ROOKIE!!!!
Talk about luck! One of the few times I didn’t hate busting wax at retail pricing! I sold it online, and a few months later, he had Tommy John surgery. I REALLY lucked out there, didn’t I?
Well, fast forward now … Strasburg has solidified himself as one of the absolute best pitchers on the planet. He’s a hoss. I ran into a collection that someone was selling. It was Strasburg … over 90 rookies! That’s right … NINETY ROOKIES OF STRASBURG!
I thought that was cool, but the pricing seemed high, until I started looking at some of the gems in the collection. There were several bowmans, topps, and different variations in the lot. I was at about $50 less than the seller wanted to go, and he said he would meet half way. I told him I’d stay at where I was, and he said if the other guy who wants them drops out, they are mine.
Welllll…the other guy dropped out, and Strasburgmania is alive & well again in my household! I won’t show pics of alllll the Strasburgs, as hopefully they will be leaving the fold soon. But I will show the significant ones.
|Topps blue and purple refractor rookies|
|Topps green refractor rookies|
|Topps red hot rookie refractor rookies|
|Bowman regular and purple refractor rookies|
|Pie in the Face Short Print Rookie!|
This is one of those deals like the Pujols deal that I will be super happy to get into the black with, and have some very cool extras to keep in my temporary collection for a while. My favorites are the Pie in the Face card, and of course, getting the bowman purple refractor back into the fold.