During my blog absence, I've made one thing especially clear to myself: stop wasting money on collecting unproven players. Sure, it's awesome to have a bunch of autographs of the next phenom player, but prospects can be so hit or miss that it usually doesn't work out in your favor.
Luis Severino was my main PC focus of 2016. He came off an electric 11 start stretch to begin his career at the end of the 2015 season, which was enough for me to drop all of my other collections and solely focus on the new Yankees "ace". But, as with most 22 year old pitchers, there isn't always a clear road to superstardom. Severino struggled immensely in the starting rotation in 2016, but at least showed flashes of brilliance in the bullpen. I'll be honest, I'm a little down on him compared to how I used to feel about him. Do I think he's going to be a bust? Absolutely not. At the very least, I think he's going to be a dominant bullpen arm if he can avoid the injury bug. At best, I think he can still be an ace (or close to it).
Meanwhile, Robinson Cano continued to age like a fine wine, and actually had his most powerful season to date in 2016 with the Mariners. He batted .298 with 39 home runs and 103 RBI, which he definitely needed to boost his future Hall of Fame case. I'm still a little sour that the Yankees couldn't come up with the funds necessary to keep him longterm, but could instead sign Ellsbury, McCann, Tanaka, and Beltran with relative ease. But after the trades for Starlin Castro and the now #3 prospect in baseball; Gleyber Torres, I don't feel as bad about it!
With that said, I arrived at the decision I mentioned above, stop wasting money on collecting unproven players. Instead, I sold a few of my lower end Severino and Cano autographs to make some serious Cano PC upgrades:
|2013 Topps Five Star Autographed Patch 14/35|
|2016 Topps Stadium Club Lone Star Signatures Autograph 15/25|
|2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Framed Autograph|
|2016 Topps Tier One Jumbo Patch Autograph 5/5|
|2016 Topps Triple Threads Relic Auto Combo w/Felix, Iwakuma 33/36|
|2016 Topps Triple Threads Relic Autograph Sapphire 3/3|
|2016 Topps Dynasty Autograph Patch 3/10|
So, I think you all know who my sole PC is now. While I'll continue to sparsely collect some of my favorite Yankees and homegrown stud Joe Panik, I'm focused on making my Cano collection as good as I can. I'm done taking chances, and *knock on wood* Cano is about as safe a bet as there is.
And by the way, if you think I'm made of money suddenly, I'm not. All of these cards came my way through budgeting and selling other things! I'm in the process of turning my lower end portion of my collection into slightly more of a mid-high end range, and so far it's going really well. I've been able to add quite a few really nice autographs basically just for things I don't want as much.
PS: Thank you Andrew for selling me the triple autograph, and to the Instagram user @atl_cards I bought the Dynasty autograph off of.