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jeffv96masters

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I always liked prime cuts. I have a bunch of Puckett’s. Hopefully I can add more but they don't show up much these days.
I loved 2004- but the 2005 version of "faux art" just visually doesn't hit my eye. Personal preference =its like some folks appreciate blonds ,the others brunettes or redheads.

Moving onward to the scans of 2005 Playoff Prestige. These will not be all I own. I do know a box is in Utah that has more including some raw and slabbed of the Prestige Playoff Champs. Was asked why so few base cards are being shown - well that's because when I sub I usually send serial numbered, game used, and autos or very rare unnumbered base items. Very rarely will I pop a base item on a sub, unless I feel like just completing a sub-series. Too many base items for me to handle I need to protect the "meat" of the cards collected first. Also I might skip a series if it has less than 5 slabs in it slabbed. An example is 2003 Playoff Portraits as I have most of those raw and wont slab until last as that series is horrible on a personal eye appeal level ( I'm sure our board member artists would disagree).

These 9 are just a few of whats owned . The Playoff Champs I have slabbed are elsewhere have not located yet. I think I just need the AL Wild Card, AL Champs, and NL Champs. Also have the Purple & Green Xtra Bases somewhere as well. Anyways see below. Only reason I think I slabbed the Blue Prestigious Pros is that it was #01/900 thought it was a cool base item. I can say the Red Foil was a surprise. Seller listed it just as a Prestige /25 which could mean anything I've seen scans cut off the 250 or 2500 labels. No back scan no nothing. Purchased it after I ran the pic they had thru my Adobe CS2 and noticed the Red Foil label.Once in house realized it was the insert I needed as the serial number on back was easily visible. Nice cheap low # pickup.

Info on the set can be found here 2005 PRESTIGE

I loved this set lots of cool inserts and some nice game used variations. Believe I have a few unopened boxes in storage will check next year when I can get back home for a bit. That's lint on that first holofoil. In order in my registry/inventory lists.












 

jeffv96masters

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Popped out a few grading subs and some eBay sales stuff then had to handle a work related training session back and then gonna nap.

A quick scan of a few stragglers from 2005 Leather and Lumber by Donruss. A lot of insert items and a few game used i haven't slabbed much of these for some reason a lot are sitting here in a box. Will get to them when I can. Believe I subbed these as they had Pujols on them at the time and figured best get them before prices went up over time. The Gold # to 50 was a thrown in on a value level sub. I don't believe I purchased many boxes of these during 2005 range, maybe one or two, and probably wasn't thrilled with the boxes as I don't think I set any aside. Return on Investment (ROI) I remember wasn't worth it, prices were a tad high for base and high numbered insert cards. I also was let down as the Donruss Leather and Lace series was much better put together in 2000 in football and I thought this would be on that level.

Info on the set is located here 2005 LEATHER AND LUMBER






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Obviously will be getting rid of the dupe jersey piece as I pare down the slabs
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The next series is the 2005 Leaf Sportscasters which I updated about 18 months ago ( see start of posts in 2018/19)
I haven't slabbed any new ones yet, so I referred my insurance lady there if anyone wants to check it out just look further back. I haven't even started slabbing the 2005 Leaf Polo Grounds so those won't be shown yet either

I'm sure more than a few people therefore will look forward to the 2005 Leaf Limited madness. Will start scanning after I nap. Will be posting all night if anyone's awake just keep checking in later for updated posts.

Happy New Years if you sleep 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉
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jeffv96masters

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We have come to one of my favorite sets- the mere mention of " 2005 Leaf Limited " box break and my first question is always " Hey you got a box I can buy ? " I remember when these came out I'd pick up boxes for about $75 or so. Then it was $85, then $100 and I realized people loved these boxes. I am certain I have 1 or 2 individual boxes still in storage. Not sure on master boxes though.This set continued the DLP last year production tradition of multiple 1/1 on items. A breakdown of Clemens items reveals the below

Card 1- Astros (H) - 36 cards total, of that 30 are 1/1, so 6 cards are available- 1 base and 5 inserts
Card 2- Astros (A) - 24 cards total,of that 19 are 1/1, so 5 cards available- 1 base and 4 inserts
Card 169- Red Sox ( Traded)- 23 cards total, of that 15 are 1/1, so 8 cards available- 1 base and 7 inserts

With the exception of the base cards- which I own but haven't slabbed yet and are always last when I slab- I am COMPLETE for this series. I was lucky to get all the inserts plus all the buttons- had help from Amy (Aprimo- god I miss her) on one button item and Kevin on another one. Its one of the few series I have actually completed, plus been able to a few mixed in 1/1 items. Very rare for me to complete a DLP series.


Info on the set can be found here at 2005 LEAF LIMITED

To start off here are the # 1 Astros Home versions of Clemens 2005 Leaf Limited
Once again the base is not slabbed yet but here are the other 5 cards-- plus two Platinum 1/1 items I was able to snag
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jeffv96masters

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Before I go show the # 2 Leaf Limited Astros Away I am not complete on this set sadly I misjudged. I am missing the #6 Matching Numbers Prime Will Clark / Roger Clemens # to /5 item
Doubt I'll be able to snag that one Will Clark completist collectors are worse than Clemens I'd have to pack pull it
I looked for my base # to 50 slab can't seem to locate it either but I do own one ( actually owned two but gifted one years ago)
Here's the # 2 Astros Away versions sans the Base unslabbed item and missing #6 Matching Numbers (/50) item
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jeffv96masters

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Last up will be the 2005 Leaf Limited #169 Red Sox items from this series
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Probably will take me a couple days to organize the next series ( 2005 Leaf Certified Materials) so will be some time before the next posts
 

jeffv96masters

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Figures that I close out the Leaf Limited scans and turn to the LCM scans that I'd locate the missing # 6 Matching Numbers slab in the LCM pile- see below for the final 2005 Leaf Limited slab
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jeffv96masters

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We have arrived at another great series- 2005 Leaf Certified Materials . I bought tons of these boxes- probably have a case or more in storage. Just loved these. All sorts of interesting side cuts, a follow up to the standard Fabric of the Game subset that was so popular, autos up the wazoo- the set had it all. Mirror cards in all variety of colors- works for me !!

I started looking into the preview inserts after seeing them appear in 2005 Leaf boxes. Recently I sent the below to Beckett's OPG staff as their preview set "info" contains- wait for it- no info on the set. See pic below that shows the Preview Set info


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Think I made it as concise and short as I could:

Inserted into 2005 Leaf boxes this 15 card base set previewed 2005 Leaf Certified Materials. Available in Mirror Blue, Gold, and Red serial numbered variations.
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Think that about sums up the Previews set. It was just a precursor to what was about to come- a flood of colors and card variations along typical DLP lines. With primer years coming in 2003 and 2004 we knew what to expect and were just waiting for the card designs. All the cards had an LC precursor then the card number. My guy Clemens was LC13.

Below are the 3 color mirror variations for the preview set ( base card of course not yet slabbed)
I'll be scanning the first few cards for card # 129 Astros after I finish my "honey do " list this am
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jeffv96masters

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First up for Clemens in the 2005 Leaf Certified Materials subset will be his # 129 Astros versions
There are 23 cards listed = 12 total 1/1 cards for #129 leaving 11 other cards needed to complete
I have the base just haven't slabbed it yet. Showing 9 below so just missing his base Emerald card #/5 to finish
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jeffv96masters

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Up next is the 2005 Leaf Certified Materials # 185 Yankees versions for Clemens
There are 23 cards listed, a total of 12 are 1/1, so that leaves 11 other cards needed to complete
I have the base haven't slabbed , showing 8 below, so I need just the 2 Emerald base & jersey #/5 versions to finish
As you can see the Mirror Blue is pretty dinged up never went back and got another version
I'll do more tomorrow heading to sleep before work
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jeffv96masters

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I'm just amazed how many different cards you have in your collection @jeffv96masters. Even cards I never knew existed. I really like coming to this thread and seeing what else you post up.
Appreciate the compliment @Shaggy :sneaky: Best part of it is the enjoyment of sharing the hobby with others while attempting to work on a certain players PC . Help from other hobbyists has played a big part in amassing this PC of Rodger. Had a lot of help from folks and repay it forward when and where I can. At least 10 board members have pitched in over the years ,plus countless others who are not on message boards but deal with me thru hobby channels elsewhere or get referred to me.


Within the 2005 Leaf Certified Materials set was a small subset called the "Gold Team". It choose 25 players who were key players on their teams many of whom were All Stars in 2004. I was a little perplexed figuring out why Lyle Overbay was chosen instead of Carl Crawford, but whatever, maybe someone who followed the team back then can explain why. It includes a mirror version of the base cards, plus two game used versions- a base jersey and a prime jersey. It also includes very rare # to 5 autographed variations with jersey pieces. Players jersey pieces vary for whatever reason, but all of the Prime pieces are # to 25 except Randy Johnson (5) and Greg Maddux(10).

I have the base slabbed for some reason ( musta wanted the mirror and instead sent the base card) along with the jersey and prime piece. Have never seen the autograph go up but may have missed it having not searched in 5 years for any Clemens. One of these years when I care enough will try and upgrade my BGS 8 game jersey and get my Mirror base in.

FYI the OPG guys updated the 2005 LCM Previews now ( they changed my wording slightly) but at least that set info is in there now !!

I need to locate one of my 2005 LCM boxes in storage and crack one as I need to look at the odds of pulling certain items and figure something out on this series. My brains working overtime on a few thoughts.
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I'll start showing off the FABRIC OF THE GAME inserts in just a few minutes handling medical stuff right now
 
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jeffv96masters

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We begin with the variations of the 2005 Leaf Certified Fabric of the Game series. As annoying a subseries as it gets. So many variations its tough to keep with them all and finding some is near impossible they pop up so rarely. I had help from another Clemens collector on these (Dave) who used to concentrate on just game used Clemens. He's online on eBay, but not here, has a wife and son ( may now have more kids) and sold off to concentrate on his family. Most of these came from his PC thankfully as I was wasting funds elsewhere myself. Took me 2 years of payments to get all he had game used cards wise from him back in 2009/10 range. As we journey back I'll acknowledge his help as I do everyone who has helped.

The four Clemens variations from this series are:

131 - Astros
132- Yankees
133- Red Sox
179- Dual with Albert Pujols

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Starting off with the Astros series, the card FG131 are the hardest to locate. Many are # 25 or less unlike the other 3 variations. Lucky for me Dave did most of the buying and saved me the hassle of looking. I haven't had time in 5 years or more but will use 2021 to maybe see what holes I have and see if I can locate and complete the sub series of each. Many also have 1/1 items

Part 1 = ASTROS variations Card #FG131. The list shows 10 variations, of which 5 are 1/1 labeled, so just 5 are available and I have all 5. They were a bear to complete all are # 25 or less. I happen to win his jersey # jersey number (22/22) which is cool !! Maybe one day will try and add a 1/1 if any appear would be cool to own just 1 for the Astros
I tend to lose track of what I own. I seem to have 2 spare Position not slabbed # to 25 versions should someone need one.
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jeffv96masters

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Part 2- YANKEES variations card #FG132 . The list shows 12 variations on this one, of which 6 are 1/1 labeled, leaves 6 to collect. I have 4 of the variations including the Prime # to 5, missing his Jersey # to 22 and his Stats version # to 5 Yanks versions
I'm sure its been on eBay I just haven't been on when its been there or seen it yet.
Was also able thru the help of Kevin @Pinbreaker to add a 1/1 from this variation to the PC
Anyone owns the Stats # to 5 , or Jersey # to 22 , see me will make it worth your while- I always pay well
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jeffv96masters

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Part 3- Red Sox variations card #FG133. The list shows 12 variations on this one, of which 6 are 1/1 labeled, leaves 6 to collect. I have 4 variations including the Prime # to 25 which is hard to locate. Missing just the Jersey # to 21 and Stats #5 variations. Like the 131 version would love to add one of the 1/1 auto variations one day
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Last , but not least, is the 179 Clemens/Pujols dual variations. List has 6 variations so just the Prime # to 5 will be difficult. Slabbed just 2 so far ,the Base and Stats, I will need to see what raw I have and pick the rest up.
Should not be too difficult lots available supposedly ( 50 or 100)
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Heading to sleep tomorrow will try and get the next set done by then ( 2005 Leaf Century)
 

jeffv96masters

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A few miscellaneous scanned slabs out of the way before I do the next series of cards ( 2005 Leaf Century Collection)
I'll always slab low serial # or die cuts I usually like getting protected quickly= plus its his Red Sox uni # as well
The Auto's I'll always slab even if I haven't started the series hence the showcase, and that Fleer Platinum was an ebay buy
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jeffv96masters

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One of the more interesting sets that came out in 2005 was one put forth by the gurus at DLP called 2005 Leaf Century Baseball. It put stamps in with baseball cards- sort of combining two hobbies into one, similar to future Topps Coin insert subsets. I remember breaking a few boxes of them, and while intrigued by the cards, not thrilled with ROI so I more than likely don't have any buried in storage. I did like the stamp and card combos however and bought quite a few . I also appreciated the Post marks sub series, so I'd pluck stuff from eBay I liked. Not sure if it was just my local dealer or not, but we didn't see very many boxes in my area of CT at that time. They became progressively harder to locate, and frankly sold then at prices not even worth buying at , as nothing could be pulled that recouped even close to 1/4 of the purchase price. Anyone who held on to these as future investment - more power to you for holding off.

Info on the set can be found here 2005 LEAF CENTURY

As usual with help from @Pinbreaker on the 1/1 Auto Postmark card see below for what I have slabbed for Clemens
I was able to grab his Timelines Threads Jsy Number when it first came out - slabbed it pretty quick
The rest I picked up slowly along the way
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jeffv96masters

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Moving along in the inventory is the 2005 FLAIR. Seem to have lot my mind and combined two posts into one. Most of these I picked up well after the fact and never purchased any boxes. So I can talk little baout them other than I picked them up once again from my fellow Clemens collector Dave in TX.

Info on this set can be found here 2005 FLAIR

Pics below as always now that my registry was updated
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I also found a dual jersey dupe item which I'll be selling off
 
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jeffv96masters

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OK let me see if I can get the post right this time 🤪 geesh I got a lot going on upstairs in the skull and none of its good

Moving along in the inventory is the 2005 Fleer Authentix series. I always had a sweet spot for Authentix as I thought the ticket stub look was a nice change of pace. Prior years had some cool designs as well ,and boxes were very cheap compared to other series. Cards from this series are tough to come by the series came out only months before Fleers Bankruptcy filing and a limited supply of boxes went out.

Of concern was something that occurred in 2007 when a bunch of Standing Room only cards started popping up. As it was my last card I needed in the base series, I was perplexed as to why I'd seen other non serial numbered Clemens copies sold of them. They were 'supposed" to be #/10 labeled- then I realized that I needed to check the inventory list from the Fleer Bankruptcy Auctions. I discovered they were 'replacement' stock and therefore "missing serial number" items that while they were authentic and produced by Fleer , they were not supposed to see the secondary market. The hobby eventually has come to know them for what they are, but the concern was always there, and as we now know, Ari sold everything he bought out on to the secondary market. I also have a bunch of other cool stuff I have from that auction.

Each card has a base item and then a jersey counterpart with the exception of the SRO jersey items which are basically 1/1 Patch versions. I haven't looked at a checklist in forever but will see what I still need to slab from this series. Quite a few low # patches and dual cards.

Info can be found as always here 2005 FLEER AUTHENTIX
(I've already advised that site they don't have the checklist correct = they are missing the Row 1 and 2 series )


Pics below as always now that my registry was updated
I have both the white and grey variations of the General Admin jersey, and a spare dupe Mezzanine jersey I'll be selling off
One of these days will upgrade the white version. The general admin base card is just a non serial number base card so its not slabbed yet
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Spare mezzanine is below
 

jeffv96masters

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Going to be jumping all over the place today as I have numerous items on the agenda and inventory girls been told what a priority they'll be.
Skipped over the Leaf Home/Away set as I have slabbed just 1 of the 4 jerseys so far will update that series later when I take a better inventory. I also haven't sent my 2005 HEB set in yet as they are all base cards.

Below is what's immediately apparent from a quick inventory of the Leaf Home/Away series I took yesterday of the few boxes I have here ( mostly base cards and a few jerseys). These were inserts in the Leaf boxes and are tougher than you'd think - especially the Patch versions # to 50.
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Below is what I have for raw that need to be slabbed think my Road patch is somewhere
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jeffv96masters

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Which now brings us to the 2005 Finest series - a personal favorite !!

In 2005 Finest put out what is arguably one of the most popular Finest sets of the 2000's, judging by how many people like to buy these boxes. I liked the designs and snatched up what I was able , when I was able, and missed out on a few that I still probably need to locate (I believe I need both a Green Xfractor and a Gold Xfractor to finish up). Not sure where my Green Refractor is but I do believe I own one. I have at least one box in storage but if you've ever seen my box break thread I buy any years Finest boxes for my Garciaparra/Clemens needs.

Love this set so much I buy dupes of colors when I need to try and upgrade. I haven't slabbed the base or base refractor yet as expected. Oh- and if you own colors- I've been known to pay almost double Beckett's HI book value. Just saying , as some colors / variations I know are difficult to pull ,and frankly their OPG staff hasn't update the pricing in years. And Finest is my favorite all time series. Not sure if I cracked a box yet in my box break section ( I know I did 2006/07) but will see what I have in storage for 2005.

Info on the set can be found here 2005 FINEST

My copies I have slabbed already are below . Slabbed the Xfractor to top an order off don't usually send base stuff in
I have a Green refractor I need to get in
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Have to attend to more phone calls and email follow ups , but will post some more soon
 

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