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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyGreerFan View Post
    Considering boxes have sold a few times at near-$500, $404 isn't ridiculous with the market. There's just no chance most of us are willing to do even half that.
    It would be a fun break though, if we could get say 10-15 people to go in for slots. I don't think there's a ton of player collector overlap here and then we could assign random players to the slots. I'm sure someone who does a lot of breaks could figure it out and it would be overly expensive.

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    This post is a couple weeks after the fact (my cpu went down), but I had to share some amazing tek movement now that I'm back online.

    We all know @rinkrat38 is one of the biggest tek guys around, he needs no intro. We have been going back and forth for years about tek cards and for God knows how long both of us were one card away from finishing the McGwire pre-production run. For those that don't know there are 3 players that have blue pre-production cards. There are 30 of each (skip numbered to 90). I have never seen a single complete set of any of the three players. On top of these there are the gold pre-productions which have an unknown production run to them but are even more rare than the blue counterparts (which are extremely hard to find as well).

    Well Rich finally found the pattern he needed (p89) and sent me a PM about how excited he was, then a couple minutes later after doing inventory realized that he was missing p2 still because he had the gold, not the blue. I intermediately put my p2 in the mail and sent it to him so he could finish the set because how cool is that, that he finished the run right?

    About a half day later he messages me again and says he found the p2 and once he received the p89 in the mail, he would have the set.

    Well off went my p2, and of course when Rich got it, he not only sent it back, he did something ridiculous...

    He gave me both of his gold pre-prodcution copies of McGwire along with it putting me only 8 away from completing that set...

    Are you kidding me?

    Rich you are awesome, again, I cannot thank you enough.

    Also congratulations on being the first person I know of to complete that virtually impossible run!!

    Mark McGwire Collector
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    Awesome on all accounts!

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    Thank you to @onionring9 for the nice words and for the support over the last few years trying to complete this all but unknown 1998 Tek pre-production set. The clammy hands part of this was that I found the p. 89 McGwire pre-production on a COMC consignment. As usual they took their time mailing it. The package left Washington State and took a tour of most of the American League cities. Never seen so many stops on a USPS tracking sheet. After a couple of weeks of it being stuck in Dallas, I all but gave up on it. Finally got it a bit more than a month after it was first mailed. No damage, and a clearly typed accurate label. Go figure! Main thing is I got it! Still need one more Roger Clemens pattern for that set of 30 cards, pattern 6, and two more Raul Mondesi patterns, 28 and 49. I do have those two Mondesi patterns in gold but would like to get the blue variations.

    Rich

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    Awesome. That is massive.

    Quote Originally Posted by rinkrat38 View Post
    Thank you to @onionring9 for the nice words and for the support over the last few years trying to complete this all but unknown 1998 Tek pre-production set. The clammy hands part of this was that I found the p. 89 McGwire pre-production on a COMC consignment. As usual they took their time mailing it. The package left Washington State and took a tour of most of the American League cities. Never seen so many stops on a USPS tracking sheet. After a couple of weeks of it being stuck in Dallas, I all but gave up on it. Finally got it a bit more than a month after it was first mailed. No damage, and a clearly typed accurate label. Go figure! Main thing is I got it! Still need one more Roger Clemens pattern for that set of 30 cards, pattern 6, and two more Raul Mondesi patterns, 28 and 49. I do have those two Mondesi patterns in gold but would like to get the blue variations.

    Rich
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    Quote Originally Posted by rinkrat38 View Post
    Thank you to @onionring9 for the nice words and for the support over the last few years trying to complete this all but unknown 1998 Tek pre-production set. The clammy hands part of this was that I found the p. 89 McGwire pre-production on a COMC consignment. As usual they took their time mailing it. The package left Washington State and took a tour of most of the American League cities. Never seen so many stops on a USPS tracking sheet. After a couple of weeks of it being stuck in Dallas, I all but gave up on it. Finally got it a bit more than a month after it was first mailed. No damage, and a clearly typed accurate label. Go figure! Main thing is I got it! Still need one more Roger Clemens pattern for that set of 30 cards, pattern 6, and two more Raul Mondesi patterns, 28 and 49. I do have those two Mondesi patterns in gold but would like to get the blue variations.

    Rich
    I can't wait to see the whole 90 card set together. That will be amazing when that is done.
    Mark McGwire Collector
    Current mini set chases:
    1998 Tek Diffractors (need 44 patterns)
    1998 Tek Pre-Production Blue (86)
    1998 Tek Pre-Production Gold (5,8,23,50,59,62,65,77)
    1999 Tek Gold /10 (7A pattern: 24), (7B patterns: 4, 28)
    2014 Tek (Black/White Auto Proof /1) and (any remaining unique buybacks)
    1999 Ultimate Victory Parallels (151, 152)
    View Collection: 5600+ unique cards
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    Great story on the pre-production cards. Good job, Rick and OnionRing!

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    Finally grabbed another off my list. Been a long time! Down to 9:
    1998 Gwynn Tek Needs
    4, 30, 56, 62, 65, 68, 69, 75, 84

    Extras: 6, 11, 11, 13, 16, 17, 19, 22, 24, 44, 44, 48, 58, 80, 87

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwynn545 View Post
    Finally grabbed another off my list. Been a long time! Down to 9:
    1998 Gwynn Tek Needs
    4, 30, 56, 62, 65, 68, 69, 75, 84

    Extras: 6, 11, 11, 13, 16, 17, 19, 22, 24, 44, 44, 48, 58, 80, 87
    Congrats on getting down to 9! Now that you have patterns 1, 23, and 90 it should be a breeze. Good luck.

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    Got in 1998 Tek diffractor pattern #3500 this week! Took me 3 1/2 years to get from #3000 to 3500. Unrealistic to think of completing this set, but might be able to get to the halfway mark!

    Rich

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    Quote Originally Posted by rinkrat38 View Post
    Got in 1998 Tek diffractor pattern #3500 this week! Took me 3 1/2 years to get from #3000 to 3500. Unrealistic to think of completing this set, but might be able to get to the halfway mark!

    Rich
    Congrats on the milestone, that is just an obscene number!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rinkrat38 View Post
    Got in 1998 Tek diffractor pattern #3500 this week! Took me 3 1/2 years to get from #3000 to 3500. Unrealistic to think of completing this set, but might be able to get to the halfway mark!

    Rich
    Dammm...congrats

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    Congrats Rich. Absolutely incredible.

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