Holy Grail Achievement Unlocked! My New Byron Buxton Autograph

Posted: January 10, 2015 by Crackin' Wax in autographs, Bowman Chrome, Minnesota Twins
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In all of my years of on-again-off-again collecting, I’ve held onto one assumption. That being that every single collector out there has their own holy grail—that one singular card or set that they absolutely MUST have in order to ever consider their collection complete. While my own personal collection, now that I’ve narrowed it down to only Twins prospect/rookie/first card autographs, is still far from complete, there has been one card I have been chasing for over a year that simply had to be part of that collection. Without it, my PC just wouldn’t make any sense. How could I be true to my collection if I didn’t have it?

When I finally refined my collection focus down to Twins prospect/etc autos a few years ago, I naturally hunted down all the cheap and easy-to-get prospects that never panned out in the Majors. As I worked my way upwards, I started grabbing guys who had a cup of coffee or two with the Twins—guys like Kevin Slowey, Nick Blackburn and Alexi Casilla. Then it was onto the more well-known guys like Denard Span, Michael Cuddyer and Justin Morneau.

If any of you are at all familiar with current-day Twins, then you can probably guess that my first real collecting holy grail was Joe Mauer’s 2002 Bowman Chrome autograph. I dropped around $150 to grab it back in 2008. Nowadays you can pick one up for about half that price. Although both his performance and his card’s value has dropped since his 2009 MVP season, his card is still central to my personal collection.

It’s no secret that the Twins have been downright terrible the last few years. However, with their awfulness comes great draft picks. The one big pick that they were lucky enough to land and keep (so far) is without question the two-time #1 Prospect Byron Buxton. Without ever taking one pitch in the Majors, or even AAA for that matter, there was no question that my collection would never be complete without his 2013 Bowman Chrome Autograph. Even with his recent injury issues, the value of his cards have continued to rise and will likely keep doing so. That had been making the quest for my new holy grail even more challenging. Thanks to the incredible generosity of an amazing person, that quest has ended.


As you can see, it’s not simply his autograph card. The card came graded 9.5 Gem Mint with one 10 sub-grade. Unbelievable! This card was just one part of my present in the annual Crackin’ Wax Holiday Gift Exchange and was given to me by the amazingly generous Debbie P.! This is a card that, no matter what happens in Buxton’s career, I will cherish for a VERY long time! If there is any downside to receiving such an incredible gift, it’s that I no longer have a holy grail to chase—which is a great collecting problem to have!

If you’re a trading card collector, what is your holy grail and why? Do you already have it? If so, how long did it take you to acquire it? If not, how long have you been chasing it? Please post your responses in the comments section.

I can’t believe that we’re only one week away from @literalquirk‘s debut break, the Ladies’ Night Charity Mixer! It’s a 10-box break with baseball products ranging from 2004 Upper Deck SP Prospects to 2014 Topps High Tek in which we are raising money to donate to a great cause, VDAY (a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls). As of this posting, we only have six team spots left, so please don’t hesitate to pick one up! A lot of fun will be had AND you’ll be helping us raise funds for an amazing cause! Not only that, you’ll be helping us celebrate all of the awesome women and girls in the trading card community!

  1. vcuhokie says:

    My holy grail card right now is a 2013 Topps Five Star Aaron Rodgers patch auto. Three color patch, on-card auto – gorgeous card! I spent months looking at a couple different Rodgers Five Star autos, but I had to jump on the three-color patch.

  2. MIZ... says:

    My Holy Grail card is a Topps 2012 Skip Schumaker short print where a squirrel is featured on the card. It is the only card in Topps history not to feature the player’s face. I got it Christmas 2013 and have treasured it ever since.

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