Comments: In January, 2011 I found
a lot on eBay from emb72503 which included this refractor of David
Ortiz. It was a great portrait card. I ended up winning the four
cards for $6 including S&H. Upon receipt the card was MINT, serially
numbered 146/558 on reverse. I had no idea it was a limited production
issue. In late May, 2013 I sent PSA a group of 175 raw cards that
I had purchased at shows and on eBay over the course of several
years for grading/authentication. I waited two plus months for
the submission and during that time decided to have a little fun.
Normally, I get the email from PSA indicating grades are available
and I go online to review the results. When I receive the package
I open it up look through the cards and start the scanning process.
The entertainment ends there. This time I decided to do things
a little differently but it would take extreme discipline. I didn't
go online to look at the grades and the package arrived for pickup
on August 23, 2013. I asked my wife to open the box and randomly
distribute the contents into a large storage bin. The bin went
into the closet and each day for the next 6 months my kids would
take turns pulling out a card for me. One card at a time, it was
like Christmas every day. I'm involved in a private chatroom of
sportscard collectors where I would post a picture of "The
Card of the Day" for the guys to follow along. The kids loved
it too! It was so fun I tagged on two more submissions (one for
15 cards received back in early Dec, 2013 and another 53 card
submission returned in Feb, 2014) and lumped them in with the
other cards as they came back from PSA. The original 175-day quest
turned into almost a year-long adventure.
This '07 Heritage Ortiz card was Day #157. Kids were screaming
"BIG PAPI, PAPI, PAPI" for days!!!
UPDATE: With the goal of upgrading my PSA 8, I found a nice looking
example listed on eBay in April, 2014 and purchased the card for
$6 inc. S&H from seller berretta. We'll see how this one does
with PSA. It appears MINT with nice centering so it has a chance
to do well.
UPDATE: Nope....another 8. Arghh!
UPDATE: In May 2016, my eBay searches found a 2007 Heritage Black Refractor of Ortiz serially numbered 12/58. The card was off center but I wanted it! Unfortunately, the seller wanted $399.99. That was just too much. I made an offer of $50 but it was quickly shot down. Then in June, I shot back another one of $65. The seller responded with $175. I explained the value just wasn’t there being the card was severely off center top-bottom and explained $75 was the best I can do. They agreed to the price and I’m the proud owner of a pretty cool Big Papi parallel card.
UPDATE: On February 15th, 2017 my 15-Free Submission voucher grades were posted and the Black Refractor card got a MINT 9 (OC) rating - as expected, very happy!