Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Part 17: Vogelbach on 2017 Cardboard

I'm still hunting multiple websites for Dan Vogelbach cards which have eluded me during the 2017 baseball card collecting year, but the chase is finally starting to slow. I figure by the time I finish this series of posts we'll be counting down the days for 2018 Topps Series 1 to hit the shelves.

I'm going to go in chronological order from the first cards produced to the most recent. Each post will contain all of the Dan Vogelbach cards I've acquired from that set and I'll make a short mention of the ones I'm still on the look out for.

Round 17: 2017 Topps Five Star Baseball

Five Star is another high-end product. Topps loves their fancy cardboard, and this product is certainly that. The cards are uber-thick, the design is on point, and the signatures are all on card.
My favorite colored parallel from this set is one I don't have.  The blue looks really sharp on-line in the pictures I've seen. The foil on that one is gold, much like the green parallel below.
I thought about participating in a case break of this product, but after crunching the numbers I decided against it. Boxes run a little over one hundred dollars apiece and only contain two cards. Yes, you read that correctly. 2 cards for more than $100. Wow. A case contains eight boxes for a grand total of sixteen cards. The base set includes over eighty cards and then there are inserts to boot. The probability of pulling one Vogelbach card in a case break are not good... less than 20%. I'm a math teacher with a cardboard budget. Picking the singles off Ebay one at a time was the safe and fiscally responsible way to go.

2017  Topps Five Star  Haves (4):

2017 Topps Five Star Needs (3):
#FSA-DV - Topps Five Star (Blue), #/25 - acquired through Ebay on 1/4/18
#FSA-DV - Topps Five Star (Orange), #/5
#FSA-DV - Topps Five Star (Red), #/1

I'm still missing three and one of them I'm still fuming over a little bit. A blue parallel showed up on Ebay a couple weeks back and I put in what I thought was a last second bid only to be outdone by what I assume was a "bot." I've read there are Apps for your phone that will place a bid for you at the very last instant. My wife thinks I should get the App, but I kind of feel like that's cheating.  I content to be patient. Besides, there should be twenty-four more of the blue parallels out there.

Meanwhile, I'm contemplating what I should do about the red parallel. Here's the auction listing:
Should I put in a low ball best offer? I'm not a haggler and I don't really want to insult the seller... my gut tells me to just wait it out and see if the seller lowers the price a couple of times when relisting. I'm in no hurry, so I think I'll just wait it out. I don't need the 1-of-1, but it would be an awesome get for my Vogelmonster collection!

Two more sets to go!  Thanks for reading!


  1. Sorry you missed out on the blue. I got tired of losing out at the last second and have been using a sniper for years. I use Myibidder, which is web-based. I enter the highest price I'm willing to pay and forget about it until the auction is over. I never feel bad if I lose because the winning bid went above my limit.

    1. I may have to take a look at that sniper. Thanks for the web address.