Auction Watch: Reviewing my Watch List (1/9/12)

Checking up on my Ebay Watch List to see how some of the Phillies memorabilia I was following ended:

Final Game at Veterans Stadium Ticket -

Auction End Date: 12/31/2011
Number of Bids: 6
Final Bid Amount: $36

Description of the auction lot:  The Phillies used a larger format ticket for the Final Innings series against the Braves - this one measures 3.5"x8".  The ticket was also embossed with the Veterans Stadium stamp, which was done at the gates as the ticket holder entered the game.

Comments:  For me this was a bittersweet piece of Phillies history.  I was a Sunday game plan holder at the time, and had this game as part of my package.  Of course, there was a lot of excitement around moving to Citizens Bank Park, but there was a huge part of me that was sad to see the Vet go.  I have seen this ticket go for a lot more on ebay before.  I think two things hurt it's sales potential:
  1. It was titled, "Final Game at Veterans Stabium Ticket."  You have to spell "stadium" right.
  2. It was set to end on New Year's Eve.  I know I was not around when it closed, and I'm sure a lot of other potential buyers weren't either.
Final Game at Vet Stadium

Roy Oswalt Autographed Baseball (with JSA authentication) - 
Auction End Date: 1/7/2012
Number of Bids: 12
Final Bid Amount: $28.50

Auction lot description:  An Official Major League Baseball signed by former Phillies pitcher, Roy Oswalt.  The ball was described as being autographed during a private signing session, and included a JSA hologram.

Comments:  Even though he was the "least Ace-ish" of the Phillies "Four Aces" rotation, no one can deny the fact that Roy Oswalt has been a very good pitcher for the past 10+ years.  As recently as October, local promoters were getting three times this sale price for his autograph at appearances.  This item caused quite a bit of conversation when shared on Twitter.  I said I would go to $40 - but, eventually decided to sit it out.  Great buy for someone out there...

Roy Oswalt autographed OMLB

1987 Donruss Opening Day, Lance Parrish card -

Auction End Date: 1/17/2012
Number of Bids: 0
Final Bid Amount: None - Still available

Auction lot description:  Lance Parrish was card #153 of this 272 card set that featured the starting lineups from each Major League team.  The card design was similar to the regular issue 1987 Donruss set, except for the maroon border (also had differentiated numbering - with "OD" prefix).

Comments:  This lot also brought up some childhood memories of mine.  As a 10-year old Phillies fan, this set was a must have - and Lance Parrish (the big offseason free agent signing) was one of the biggest stories of Spring Training.  Of course, the Phillies quickly fell off pace of the divisional leaders and eventually finished the season in 4th place (in the NL East).  One of the biggest disappointments was our new catcher (pictured below).  But, let's face it...not too many live up to our expectations.  Note: Another inclusion in this set was Mike Easler who started in left-field on Opening Day.  OK, now go take a TUMS.
1987 Donruss Opening Day #153 Lance Parrish
Lance Parrish '87 Donruss Opening Day