I have very eclectic collecting habits. Other than my Astros autograph collection (only 19 away from the all-time team!) most of my personal collection is so specific that I do not end up with a lot of competition.
The single exception to this is my Marwin Gonzalez collection. While I do not have a lot of competitors, there are enough to sometimes make it interesting.
While I was bummed he moved on from the Astros and joined the Twins, it did not lessen my admiration for his abilities. As a handful of Twins items started trickling out, I realized that I had a few more competitors for Marwin cards. When Heritage High Number dropped, I was excited that Marwin was included.
With every Heritage release, I always target the flip-stock parallel first. The 2018 Heritage flip stock has still never had a single copy hit eBay. So I was surprised that in the first week of HHN, THREE copies of the Marwin flip stock appeared. I put in snipes on all three just to cover my bases. When I came home that night from work, I was amused to find that I had won all three of them. What in the world am I going to do with three of them?
A week later, a fourth copy shows up and I bid on it with six days left to go. No need to snipe, because I don't really need it and if I get it cheap, that's cool. I won it. Now I had four of the five copies in hand, so I might as well go for it. Sure enough, two weeks later the fifth copy shows up on eBay. I bid, I win, and I wait. It arrives in the mail and I go to take a picture of them all together when I realize something awful.
The fifth copy is not the flip stock. It's the regular base. In a full panic, I check the other four copies to make sure I'm not a total idiot, but they are all valid flip stocks. I message the seller who says they must have just been mistaken about what it is and send me a refund. The disappointment of going from COMPLETED, YEAH!!! down to still-missing-one is awful. Not life-alteringly awful, but it still sucked. Now I wondered what I was going to do with four of the five flip-stocks. How lame is it to have four of them and not all five?
Then, last week, another one appeared. I knew it couldn't be true that all five had been pulled, but I risked it. I overpaid for it. (It's Marwin, overpaying isn't breaking the bank)
And now, because I put in three snipes in the first week, I have officially cornered the market on the 2019 HHN Marwin Gonzalez Flip Stock.