Back in 2009, I won a contest where my prize was a pack of 2009 Bowman Sterling, which was a great prize. I got a Tommy Mendonca autographed card, which I liked since he was a high draft pick by the Rangers that year and a Norichika Aoki refractor relic from the WBC. I also got a Mike Trout autographed card, which was nice, but I was far more pleased with the Mendonca at the time. I remember looking at eBay, and if I remember correctly, I could have gotten gotten around $10 for the Trout. Instead of selling it, I decided to keep it and I stuck it in a binder with other certified autographed cards where it stayed for a while.
Several years back, when it got to be around a $100 card on eBay, I got it out and strongly considered selling it to buy Rangers cards, but I decided to keep it, put it in a one touch and put it in a shoe box.
I remember looking last year and congratulating myself because I saw that they were selling for $500 - $600.
I looked again earlier this year and saw what they were selling for and I figured it was time to get it graded. I've had a couple of autographed cards authenticated and encapsulated before, but I have never graded a card. I took it and another nice card over to Beckett earlier this month and I got an email Tuesday with the grades and I am very happy. I got to pick them up today, along with some great BBQ from a place around the corner and I could not be more pleased with both the cards and the brisket. If anyone ever drops cards off at Beckett, Cattleack BBQ is only about a half a mile away. It's well worth your time to stop in. It's very high on Texas Monthly's Top 50 list, ranked as third best in the state (which would also mean it's the third best in the world).
Anyway, here it is. I apologize for the terrible scan.