I have had several maildays over the last few weeks, comprising of awesome additions to various collections.  First, I traded a Mark Grace TTM auto to a Grace collector for a Justin Duchscherer 2004 Leaf Gold Press Proof /25.  That is the fourth copy (out of 25) that I have added to my collection.  It is always fun to add SSP cards of Justin Duchscherer.

I added a 1978 Topps Pete Maravich in PSA 8 to my Maravich PSA 8 collection.  You can view it here.  That leaves only the 1975, 1977, and 1980 Topps base cards in PSA 8 to complete that collection.  They should be pretty easy to find and inexpensive.  I will be very happy to have that set completed as Maravich is by far my favorite basketball player and the vintage cards look so great in PSA slabs.

The next big mailday came courtesy of my friend, Erik, out in Houston.  Erik is selling some cards for the owner of his LCS, and I purchased three Rickey Henderson 1980 Topps rookie cards!  The three cards are in solid shape and I will definitely use the nicest one to get Rickey Henderson's signature next time I catch him at a card show.

The following mailday brought the crown jewel of my Manny Pacquiao collection ... his 2011 Allen & Ginter autographed rookie card!  These autographed cards were going for about $900 when they first came out, so I thought owning one would always be a pipe dream.  You can view the card here.  However, I was able to pick one up for less than 40% of that initial price.  I now have the Pacquiao base, mini, mini A&G back, mini black, mini Bazooka back /25, glossy /999, code card, relic, and auto from the 2011 A&G set!  I just need to find the NNO /50 and Silk /10 to complete my Pacquiao Allen & Ginter collection.

The most recent mailday consisted of a very cool Hank Gathers item in the form of a 1989-90 LMU media guide.  You can view the front here and the back here.  It is a thick media guide with many fun facts and stats previewing that great LMU team.  It is yet another cool piece in my Gathers collection.

As for upcoming events, I am looking forward to the impending release of 2012 Bowman Draft as there is a new player (finally!) that I plan on collecting.  I just need to decide how deep to go as I may choose to do a little investing in this player in hopes of flipping for a profit.  I am also closing in on a Hank Gathers cut autograph!  If I did acquire it (Christmas bonus, perhaps?), I would like to repackage it using the amazing custom design skills of a member of the Freedom Cardboard forums.  A custom Gathers auto booklet would be one of the pinnacles of my collection.
 
 
The last few weeks have included some fun-filled maildays featuring a wide variety of items.  As always, we start with the Justin Duchscherer collection.  Finally, my eleventh 1/1 Justin Duchscherer card arrived from Japan (18 long days for shipping).  It is the 2009 Topps In the Name "C" Letter Patch!  You can view the card here.  I now have the "D", "C", and "S" from that set.  I have contacted an individual who has an "E" and "R", but they are currently not for sale.  Still, I love adding new cards to the Justin Duchscherer collection, especially now that new cards are few and far between.  In order to keep me motivated, I pick up a few cards /60 or less when they pop up.  It's fun, and the cards only cost a few dollars each.

I finally finished my Rickey Henderson Basic Topps PSA 8+ set!  The last one to arrive was the 2002 Topps #165 in a PSA 9.  You can view it here.  For symmetry purposes, I may try to upgrade all the PSA 8 cards to PSA 9, but that would be down the road.  I'm happy to finally finish that set.  I am also closing in on finishing my Pete Maravich Basic Topps PSA 8 set.  I picked up both the 1973 Topps and 1974 Topps in PSA 8.  I love the vintage look.  You can view the 1973 Topps here, and the 1974 Topps here.  The 1978 Topps PSA 8 was just purchased a few days ago, so I will have a scan up when it arrives.  That will leave just 1975, 1977, and 1980.

I decided to make a push on my Manny Pacquiao collection, and I am focusing solely on 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter right now, as that is Pacquiao's "true" rookie card (with variations).  I already had the base card, mini, mini A&G back, mini black, code card, and glossy /999.  In the last couple weeks, I made two major additions.  First, I purchased the Pacquiao mini Bazooka back /25!  You can view it here.  The second major addition was the Pacquiao A&G fight-worn relic card!  You can view it here.  These were awesome pickups, and now I am down to just the A&G silk /10, A&G no number /50, and the autograph.  I am going to skip the red autograph and the 1/1s because they are far too expensive.  Who knows?  Maybe one day.  A man can dream ...

The last couple pickups were for my Hank Gathers collection.  I picked up another unlicensed "Millhouse mini" card for a few bucks.  You can view it here.  It's nothing special, but Gathers had no licensed cards, so I like to pick up a few homemade cards here and there.  The cool pickup was a 1989-90 LMU pocket schedule featuring Gathers!  You can view the front here and the back here.  The schedule is awesome (and in great shape) and is nice reminder of that special LMU team that averaged over 122 points per game.  Every basketball fan should watch a replay of the game between LMU and LSU on February 3, 1990.  LSU won 148-141 in overtime.  Gathers had 48 points and 13 rebounds, and a young LSU freshman named Shaquille O'Neal had 20 points, 24 rebounds, and 12 blocks.  It was one of the most entertaining games ever played!