My Justin Duchscherer 2005 Topps Magenta Printing Plate 1/1 arrived today!  You can check it out here.  A 1/1 mailday is always special.  Printing plates aren't quite as cool as 1/1 cards, but it is fun to own a little piece of history.  That brings my total to four printing plates.  I hope to keep snatching those up as they surface. 

I also have another impending mailday.  I was sent an email today with a tracking number for (potentially) my best mailday ever!  I can't wait for that package to arrive.  It's like Christmas all over again.  The package should arrive by the end of the week, and I'll get some scans up as quickly as possible.  This could turn out to be quite a week for my Justin Duchscherer collection!
Fantastic news!  One of the individuals with whom I have been negotiating over the past few months has accepted my offer and might come through BIG for my Justin Duchscherer collection.  He has twelve (12!) of the 28 cards remaining for my non-1/1 collection.  Crazy!  I just sent out payment a few days ago, so I'm hoping to have the cards in hand late next week or so.  I can't wait!  I couldn't be more excited about this development.  If it comes through like it should, it would be my greatest mailday ever.

As everyone knows, when it rains, it pours!  I recently posted a "want ad" on eBay that might have paid off.  I was contacted by a couple of individuals regarding Justin Duchscherer cards on my list.  Just a few days ago, I won the Justin Duchscherer 2005 Topps Magenta Printing Plate 1/1!  I'm excited to add another printing plate to the collection.  I'll post a scan when it arrives.  Further, another card I need for my non-1/1 collection has been posted on eBay!  I hope to win that card in the coming days, too.  I just can't believe that I may be adding 14 new cards to my Justin Duchscherer collection over the next 7-10 days.  Just when I thought my leads had dried up, my patience was rewarded!

I also had my first 1951 Bowman mailday courtesy of my friend Erik ("Keysey Soze" on FreedomCardboard)!  He surprised me with a few pickups from the Houston Tri-Star show last weekend.  You can see the lot I received from him here.  I also purchased another lot of 1951 Bowman cards on eBay.  I now have 24 of the 324 cards in the set.  They are beautiful cards, and it is going to be a blast putting that set together over the coming years!  Here are some pics of my 1951 Bowman collection ( #1   #2   #3   #4 ).  I should be shipping some cards from CheckOutMyCards shortly, so I'll have some cards to inventory while I take it a little easier next month.  What an amazing end to January!
A big thank you to "autographhunter" on The Bench forums!  He contacted me to get my address and sent me a cool Justin Duchscherer postcard.  You can view it here.  Based on the picture, the postcard appears to be from the 2004-2006 timeframe.  It is a sweet addition to the collection!

I tried a new tactic in advertising my Justin Duchscherer baseball card want list.  I posted an "auction" on eBay that is not really an auction.  It is merely a way to get my want list out to more people.  You can view the eBay listing here.  The listing has generated some emails, but all the cards offered are cards I already have in my collection.  However, I have heard back from two individuals who may have several non-1/1 cards.  It has been slow going, though, in my communication with them.  I expected to have a couple deals wrapped up by now, so it has been a little frustrating.  Still, I'm optimistic one or more deals will come through shortly, and I will have some awesome additions to the collection.

I did receive the 1990 Roundball Press Set that I purchased on eBay.  That set includes the only solo card of Hank Gathers (#15 of 15 in the set).  The set is not recognized by Beckett because it was not a licensed product.  The cards themselves are rather flimsy (not proper cardboard stock), but they have good eye appeal.  Here is the front and back of the Hank Gathers card.  The picture used was a photo of Hank Gathers in a Sports Illustrated issue during the winter of 1989-90.  Even though 10,000 sets were made, the sets are actually quite rare.  I have only seen maybe five or six sets sold online in the last 10 years or so.  From what I have been told, most of the 10,000 sets were not produced or destroyed due to the lack of licensing.  I now have three copies of the Hank Gathers card, and I will probably trade off the rest of the set.

As for further collecting goals, my daughter was born in 2011, so I will be putting together some sets from that year.  Those sets will be fun to look back on over time.  I will also be putting together the 1951 Bowman baseball set (the year my father was born).  That will be a much bigger project, but it should be a lot of fun to have some vintage maildays! 
First, Happy New Year to everyone!  I hope 2012 is just as good, if not better, than 2011.

Although I still have a couple leads on some rare Justin Duchscherer cards, it's just a waiting game at this point.  I continue to check eBay, Check Out My Cards, Beckett, and other websites once a day to see if any Justin Duchscherer cards I need have surfaced.  However, I don't anticipate anything new for a bit.  Hopefully, one of my leads will come through and provide me with a cool Justin Duchscherer mailday soon.

In the meantime, I have been expanding my Rickey Henderson and Pete Maravich collections.  I recently purchased and received the Rickey Henderson 2011 Topps Diamond Giveaway Die-Cut, which can be seen here.  That is a cool addition to the collection.  I still need to inventory approximately 50-75 Rickey Henderson cards before I continue purchasing some of his older cards.  I'd like to go year-by-year, beginning with 1981, to collect as many as I can.  Rickey Henderson has some hardcore collectors with deep pockets, but I'm content with quantity over quality in his collection.  I will also be looking to add a few Pete Maravich cards to my collection later this month.

As a kid, I was a huge fan of Hank Gathers.  I always looked forward to watching Loyloa Marymount play.  They played a very entertaining brand of basketball, routinely scoring well over 100 points in a 40 minute collegiate game.  After his on-court death, I tried to find cards of Hank Gathers, but he had no official cards.  I did find a 1990 Roundball Press card of his (not listed in Beckett), but I stupidly traded it for god knows what back in the early 1990's.  It took me nearly 20 years to track down that card, but I did so just a few months ago.  I'll have a scan up of it shortly. 

My mailday, though, surrounds a very cool piece of Hank Gathers memorabilia.  I stumbled across an individual selling Fleer's 2000-2001 Greats of the Game Hank Gathers Proof Sheet!  The card was never made, but the proof sheet is super cool.  Here is the actual Artwork Approval Form, followed by the card proof.  These two scans show, up close, the front and back of the card that was never made.  I am very excited with this find, and it turned out to be quite an awesome non-Duchscherer mailday!