Monday, December 28, 2015

Gavin LaValley supercollection

It's another Gavin Month post scheduled to line up with a birthday. 12/28 is Gavin LaValley's big day, turning that grand age of 21 today, so let's celebrate by reviewing the PC as it stands. To recap, LaValley was a 4th round pick by the Reds in the 2014 draft.  I was excited to see a fresh Gavin come along, so I jumped in and supercollected him pretty hard, snatching up just about every card I could find of his. After a slow start in 2015, he went on a hot streak in the second half to end with a respectable .267 batting average for the Daytona Dragons (A ball). Hopefully he can continue swinging a hot bat and advance to AA in 2016.

Putting this post together made me realize I own 2 (of the 5 in existence) mini red refractors. Whoops.

That last one with Will Ferrell isn't really a card.. just a paper print "prototype" of a custom I'm working on.. still need to make the back for it one of these days and put a "real" copy together.

That Dragons card seems to be his only 2015 release. You can see I've also got an in-person signed copy, which was a couple bucks from a seller in Dayton, so it's gotta be legit. Gavin seems to be a good TTM signer, and I'm kinda kicking myself for not trying this year, but probably in 2016 I'll mail some cards his way including some dupe parallels and that Will Ferrell custom.. I think he'd get a kick out of it.

Checklist update time.

Gavin LaValley 2014 Bowman Draft+Mini Checklist
x Base paper
x Base paper NNOF error
o Base paper Topps Vault First Edition blank back 1/1
x Blue paper #/399
x Green paper #/75
x Red paper #/5
o Orange paper 1/1
o Black paper 1/1
x Asia-Exclusive Black
o Black Printing Plate 1/1
x Cyan Printing Plate 1/1
o Magenta Printing Plate 1/1
x Yellow Printing Plate 1/1
x Silver Ice
x Silver Ice NNOF error
x Red Ice #/150
x Purple Ice #/99
x Orange Ice #/25
o White Ice 1/1
x Chrome base
x Chrome Refractor
x Chrome Blue Refractor #/399
x Chrome Green Refractor #/150
x Chrome Black Refractor #/75
x Chrome Gold Refractor #/50
x Chrome Orange Refractor #/25
x Chrome Red Refractor #/5
o Chrome SuperFractor 1/1
o Chrome Black Printing Plate 1/1
o Chrome Cyan Printing Plate 1/1
o Chrome Magenta Printing Plate 1/1
x Chrome Yellow Printing Plate 1/1
x Chrome Black Wave
x Chrome Blue Wave
x Chrome Silver Wave #/25
x Chrome Red Wave #/25
x Chrome Shimmer #/15
x Chrome Mini
x Chrome Mini Refractor
x Chrome Mini Black Shimmer Refractor
x Chrome Mini Gold Refractor #/25
x Chrome Mini Blue Refractor #/20
x Chrome Mini Green Refractor #/15
x Chrome Mini Orange Refractor #/10
x Chrome Mini Red Refractor #/5
x Chrome Mini Indigo Refractor #/3
x Chrome Mini Superfractor 1/1
o Chrome Mini Black Printing Plate 1/1
o Chrome Mini Cyan Printing Plate 1/1
x Chrome Mini Magenta Printing Plate 1/1
x Chrome Mini Yellow Printing Plate 1/1

(list last updated 10/12/16)

With the full-size Bowman Draft, all I'm missing are the 1/1's, but there are a lot of them, so I'm sure that's not ever going to be 100% finished. But that's good for a Non-1/1 Rainbow ("Standard Rainbow"? whatever you wanna call it). However, I'm realistically close to a MASTER RAINBOW if we're just talking about 2014 Bowman Chrome Mini (which technically is a separate product) needing only 4 more cards: the /20 Blue Refractor, the /10 Orange Refractor, and the Black and Blue plates. Once you've got the superfractor and a couple plates, you're in the home stretch, right?

Gavin LaValley 2014 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks Baseball Checklist
x Base
x Prizm (a.k.a. Refractor)
x RWB Puslar Prizm
x Powder Blue Prizm #/199
x Purple Prizm #/149
x Red Prizm #/100
x Blue Mojo Prizm #/75
x Orange Prizm #/60
x Green Prizm #/35
o Gold Prizm #/10
o Black Finite Prizm 1/1
x Prospect Signatures Autograph base Prizm
x Prospect Signatures Autograph Press Proof Prizm #/199
x Prospect Signatures Autograph Purple Prizm #/149
x Prospect Signatures Autograph Red Prizm #/100
x Prospect Signatures Autograph Blue Mojo Prizm #/75
x Prospect Signatures Autograph Orange Prizm #/60
x Prospect Signatures Autograph Green Prizm #/35
x Prospect Signatures Autograph Gold Prizm #/10
x Prospect Signatures Autograph Black Finite Prizm 1/1

With Prizm, I'm down to only needing the six /35-and-under cards. Those low-numbered cards just haven't been popping up much. I've seen Golds on eBay, but too expensive.

And there's where my Gavin LaValley collection stands as we head into 2016.
Happy Birthday, Gavin, and best of luck with your career!


  1. Oh my goodness that collection is impressive. Hopefully you can add some of the more elusive cards in 2016.

  2. That's a really nice collection. That's really all I can say. It's amazing.

  3. Dude thats an impressive collection!

  4. You did it the right way. If you are going to supercollect you have to jump in right when these sets release. Very impressive my friend!

  5. super-wow! very colorful post. LaValley would be impressed.