Remember those Iowa Energy shorts I won a few weeks ago at a D-League basketball game? Selling them on E-Bay enabled me to add a whole mess of Padres cards to my collection, thanks to my buddie, Ralph.
Of the 60 cards I got from Ralph, 12 were game-used memorabilia. Even though I'm not a huge fan of game-used (I'd much rather take an auto over a game-used card any day, as an auto is a much more personal investment from the player), I'll take them. As an avid Padres collector, it's an actual card of my beloved Padres and how can I not like that.
First row - 2008 Topps Highlights Relics Jake Peavy, 2006 Upper Deck Ovation Apparel Khalil Greene and Ryan Klesko. Second row - 2004 Donruss World Series Material Fabric AL/NLRyan Klesko S/N 202/250, 2003 Upper Deck NL All-Star Swatches Ryan Klesko, and 2009 Upper Deck UD Game Jersey Kevin Kouzmanoff. Third row - 2002 Sweet Spot USA Jersey Xavier Nady, 2003 Fleer Authentix Game Jersey Sean Burroughs, and 2007 Upper Deck Goudy Memorabilia Brian Giles.
Can you see a trend here? Other than Xavier Nady, who was offered a minor league contract, none of these players are current Padres players.
Once I sent Ralph his payment, I couldn't wait to actually have these cards in my grubby little hands. How can you not like getting 60 cards of autos, refractors and game used for about 60 cents apiece. I'm going to have to hit him up again later in the season to see what new Padres may be lurking within his lists.