“One small step for man (collecting)” or “Of a Great Buy!”




How good it feels to be one step closer to completing a set; especially if the set is close to ones heart. It’s like getting one character of a Star Wars jigsaw or getting another train “property” in a Monopoly board game. Had that feeling this week!

I’m currently working on completing my Achilleo’s sets (both series 1 & 2). See, I like Master Sets. I believe that the process of building Master Sets in an era where you will mostly get the base set for a couple bucks online, Master Sets are the way to go for people who enjoy the process of building it.

The definition of “Master set” it’s greatly debate by collectors. Some might consider Master set to be the base set, chase cards and promos. Others include binders, autograph and sketch cards. I myself see a Master Binder as the “Anything-related-to-that-series” set. And what exactly is that? Well, on my book:

     

  • base set
  • parallel sets
  • chase cards
  • inserts
  • autograph cards
  • sketch cards
  • promos
  • case topper cards
  • seller sheets
  • binder
  • wrappers
  • display box
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In my book, building this is no peaches and cream

Some of you might be thinking that this will be an easy task with places like Ebay floating with auctions on thousands of sets. But you got to remember that it will all depend on the set (scarcity, year of production, etc.). Also, not every dealer or seller tends to have that kind of inventory. Finally, even after you’ve found the item, money could crash your dreams.

In my case, another step was taken with an incredible deal from a fellow dealer at www.non-sport.com.

The Achilleos series 1 has two parallel sets: one silver-foiled and one gold-foiled. It’s rare to see singles of both of them and rarer to see the complete set. TODAY I checked on Ebay and the silver and gold sets were been auction for $250 each (an amount of money I’m not comfortable spending with today’s economy). The gold set was the one I bought and I got it for a fair price. With this acquisition, I’m moving to get the silver one which appears to be tougher to find.

Right now, for Series 1 I have:

     

  • Base set
  • 4 cards uncut promo sheet
  • Gold Parallel Set
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For series 2:

     

  • Base Set
  • 3 of 5 Metal Storm chase cards
  • Binder with special Binder Card
  • Promo sheet
  • Wrapper
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There’s still a long way to go and I’m happy about that for that means the HUNT it’s still on.

I invited you to read a full review of the set in the archives of this blog.