So this post is coming a little (or a lot) later than anticipated. I ended up being away from the computer all weekend, culminating in seeing Bob Dylan last night. I'm a huge Dylan fan, and the show was by far the best performance I've seen him deliver since '06 or '07, so that was quite the treat.
But anyway, back to the cardboard.
I'll jut get the grand reveal out of the way. Aki Iwamura Topps Platinum 1/1, in case you were wondering. Iwamura's time in Pittsburgh was far from memorable, but it's a platinum 1/1. I had been wanting one for quite some time. I was outbid on the Nate McLouth Platinum 1/1 a few months back, and it ended for almost as much as I paid for the entire lot. I'd imagine the valuable on this card alone is comparable, perhaps greater if the long fabled "Japanese bidder" contingency collects Aki. Either way, I doubt this will ever leave my collection.
So there you have it. Pretty nice lot, eh? In addition to all this Pirate goodness, it also included another 20 or so cards that were either doubles of the ones scanned, or cards I already had. When I get around to selling all those, I imagine the total cost on this lot will be in the single digits, and possibly in the black if a few set builders still need some of the black cards. Not bad, if you ask me.