It’s getting closer to baseball season and I’ve found myself wanting to expand my Anthony Rizzo collection. The guy is such an inspiration on and off the field and his recent response to the school shooting at his old high school in Florida proves he is a leader. While I had a handful of his cards, I did not have any rookie cards. I had to change this.
I prefer to get graded rookie cards when I can afford it, but the PSA 10’s were a bit out of my budget. I have no problem getting PSA 9 cards to save a few bucks as I usually can’t tell the difference between a 9 and 10. I found the 2011 Topps Update #US55 Anthony Rizzo card on eBay that had a best offer on it. I haggled with the seller and we settled on $15 + shipping for the PSA 9. (the PSA 10’s are in the $40-50 range)
I am a big fan of getting batches of cards on eBay so I looked around for a Rizzo lot. I found one that had 25 cards and a best offer which I negotiated to $5.99 with free shipping. Not too shabby! I did notice one of the cards was not a Rizzo card so technically it’s 24 but not a big deal. They were all different which is good as I don’t really need any duplicates.
I also won an eBay auction for a 2018 Topps 1983 #83-54 Anthony Rizzo card along with the 2018 Topps Chrome Refractor #11 Anthony Rizzo. I’m guessing the Chrome version came from one of those silver packs that were included in the 2018 hobby boxes or cases.
I was reading through the buy/sell forum on the Blowout Cards Forum and someone was selling a 2018 Topps #50 Anthony Rizzo SP variation for $2 + shipping. I couldn’t pass that up so I told him I would take it. I sent him the money and he shipped within a day or two. He turned out to be super local and shipped at a post office 5 miles away from me. He shipped on February 22nd and I figured it would show up the next day. No luck. Surely by day 2 it would arrive. Nope. By the 25th, it was in the lovely state of in-transit. Seriously, we don’t have that many post offices in our city.
I had to wait 7 days to file a missing mail claim which I filed on March 1st. I waited a few more days with no change in the tracking or response from the USPS. At this point I figured it was lost in the mail. On March 7th, I received a text message from the USPS that my package was delivered to my PO Box in Champaign. I checked the box after work and sure enough it was there! I opened it up and the card was fine. Whew! What a journey it must have taken over just a few miles! I like the card and now I just need the SSP variation to complete the 3 card set.
Finally, I found some 2018 Topps Heritage blasters at Meijer the other day. This was my first encounter with them so I bought two blasters. The first box was rather boring but the second box was a hot box as it had a bunch of purple chrome cards in there. One of them was 2018 Topps Heritage Chrome #THC-20 Anthony Rizzo purple card which made me really happy. (I also pulled a Kris Bryant purple chrome in the same box!) The scan looks a little weird but I like the card a lot.