|When you build a set of cards trying to have the #1 SET in ranking as the ALL TIME FINEST SET ever built at PSA,
OR the finest CURRENT set at PSA in existence you are taking on a major task. When you try to do that while building...an unheard of
1,590 other Sets at the same time...
it is considered to be...utter insanity and virtually impossible as you are considered to be spread...way too thin!
First, there is the time involved in trying to find the necessary cards to add to your collection which is very time consuming.
Next, there is the financial commitment that you undertake to be able to pay for these cards that are located all over the GLOBE!
In addition , there is the endless negotiations with differing personalities from different cultures. The building of relationships with major dealers, building your relationships with
buyers and sellers and with the people running Ebay and Amazon.com, and others all over the world is emotionally taxing. It can be somewhat daunting and it IS TRULY a herculean effort.
In some of these sets...and I have a Basketball set that I am working on of over 750 cards to complete, the sheer thinking of taking on such a set
is overwhelming knowing how long it will take you to finish the set. You are not building a hut...you are working on a PYRAMID! In that set....already it has
over 250 cards that are...ONE OF ONES IN THE WORLD that I have gathered together as GEM MINT 10's. Try to find each ONE of them...and then end up with them versus somebody else owning them by
trying to outbid, outplay and outlast your efforts always trying to suppress or stop your efforts. And all the while, people are asking you..."BASEBALL CARDS? Aren't they for KIDS?"
Knowing that some of these cards cost over $25,000...each!
You are not only in competition with others...but, you are trying to capture the absolute HIGHEST RATING that set can possibly achieve at PSA.
You don't just try to win the race against the competitors, you also find yourself in a similar situation of an Olympic athlete...trying to beat...XYZ's long standing TIMES!
In this business...or...hobby for some, you become very respected by thousands of dealers and individuals all over the USA and the WORLD when you achieve a #1 ,
ALL TIME FINEST SET and the combination of personality traits and experiences you have to have to finalize such an effort, does not go unnoticed by the best. Millionaires that competed with you.
You also become well aware of those traits within yourself. You move out of your comfort zone, in a small town....and soar to towns, cities, countries...you never imagined.
You become an inter-net...WORLD TRAVELER!
When you take on this challenge...with acquring "THE KING!", ELVIS whom everyone knows or BABE RUTH...you are going for the ultimate
leaders in their profession and the competition is off the charts. Sometimes you get lucky...and things just fall into your lap...but, even that isn't luck. You were out there...every day
putting it on the line...and that puts you sometimes in direct line of getting..."that break!" You made your own luck...and hopefully God was there helping you.
Mr. Moffatt now stewards the care of 2, #1 Elvis sets in America and is listed as the currentlyholder of the ranked #2 set of BABE RUTH in the , "BABE RUTH SUPER SET!" In the industry...it is the summit!
It just doesn't get any better...or harder! You find yourself negotiating a BABE RUTH card for $6,000 and 20 minutes later putting a deal together to acquire another one for $12,000!
To finish the BABE RUTH SUPER SET...in HIGH GRADE...well, I can't imagine....probably would take...300-500 Thousand Dollars.+++++ could be MUCH more!
But, my attitude....once started...half finished!
Besides...it has NEVER BEEN DONE...and that is my challenge. That is my DESTINY! THIS IS MY FATE!
TO BE THE FIRST PERSON ON THE PLANET TO EVER FINISH THE SET>>>IN HIGHEST GRADE! C'MON....does it get any better? THIS IS >>>BABE RUTH!!!!
A kid from the projects of Hartford, off Asylum Avenue next to the Hartt School of Music and the University of Hartford!
It is walking across THE GRAND CANYON on a tight wire....jumping out of a balloon from the edge of space....leaving the solar system for another system ...
it is what men live for....to reach where no man has ever gone! "STAR" TREK! Reaching for the Stars...it is MY THING!
There are over 7,111,710,000+ + people on this earth....and when you are the ONE person
that owns the ALL TIME FINEST, 1978 Donruss, ELVIS COLLECTIBLE CARD SET that exists on the planet....
you are NOT one in a million...you are
ONE IN 7.1 BILLION++++! ( when I told my ex some of my plans...I could hear her...."illusions of grandeur!!!" lol)
When you own...several of these sets in #1....or HUNDREDS of these sets in the TOP 5 rankings...World-Wide
THE ODDS BECOME IMPOSSIBLE TO EVEN FATHOM or calculate without a SUPER COMPUTE"R!
Think of it this way....you are POWER BALL TO THE POWER BALL TO THE POWER BALL x 1,000 in ODDS! You have the MONA LISA on your...living room wall, so to speak!
It DOES define you! (NOTE: this was an illustration...ALL OF MINE, for insurance purposes and personal safety are in LOCKED BANK SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES!)
You come to know...exactly...who you are and where you fit into the scheme of things. IF there ever was a question...all doubts are removed.
Some of these COLLECTIBLES are so important, historically...you accept you own nothing...you are just a steward!
Just a caretaker...of those that came before you...and whose legends will live on long after people have forgotten who YOU were on earth.
YOU WILL find yourself asking your GOD...WHY ME?????
The only way you will ever find PEACE with that question is by answering it yourself
with a fine EGO....that says.." Why NOT, ME?!!!" ...and then...move on...there is so much work to be done...for the children...all over this GLOBE! -GEM
GEM'S ACRES OF DIAMONDS Sports Cards, Coins, Stamps, Comics and Collectibles
|There is an urgency
to what we do...
and it is why Mr. Moffatt is up
into the early hours of every
morning...and why he starts his
days BEFORE the birds begin
singing outside of his windows.
When you purchase a card from
us...many times you buy at least
1 WHEELCHAIR for
a child on the GLOBE.
Sometimes you help us to pay
for a needy child!
There is a destiny that makes us
Nobody truly goes
this way alone,
All that you send
into the lives of others,
ALWAYS makes its
way back into your own!
GEM'S ACRES OF
Reaching for the
to help children
under God's Heaven!
|The 1ST of SEPTEMBER
and I hit a NICE
GET THIS ONE! A SWEET DEAL...
1950, R423, JOE DIMAGGIO
PSA 9, only 1 card grades higher!
1950, R423, STAN MUSIAL
PSA 9 (MC)
1950, R423, SGC graded 96,
equivalent to a PSA 9!
1950, R423, TY COBB
NO AUTOGRAPH, PSA 8
1950 R423, Christy Mathewson
AND!!! others UNGRADED;
Tris Speaker, Al Simmons, Frank Frisch, Ducky
Medwich, Johnny Mize, Paul Waner, Bill Dickey,
Dom DIMaggio, and George Sisler.
Value? $1,000 - $1500
Mr. Moffatt paid...
are you ready?
1,000 percent on his money when
he gets done...at least....because when the 11
are graded...he could have even more PSA 9's
involved. IN two minutes...
"I am convinced...that if I were starting this
business all over again...I could start it with
ABSOLUTELY NO MONEY...
How? Sounds crazy?
With what I know and with what I
can do...I could walk along the
highways...check out garbage
cans in parks...and pick out the
REFUNDABLE soda, water
bottles, etc....take them to a
store...and crunch them in their
machine...take the slip for cash
on the the thousands of
bottles....to a cash register...put
the money in the bank...and find
deals like this...one after
* * * * *
Sounds crazy, right?
IT DOES! I ADMIT IT!
BUT, I AM DOING IT...
"It took me...5 minutes tonight...
to net...$1,350 DOLLARS
sitting at my computer."
Or to put it another way, at $75 a
18 LIVES CHANGED...in
the world in under 5 minutes!
FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH....
and that was just ONE DEAL
tonight...so, now you know why
I bought all those appliances
She has believed in me...
and supported THE DREAM!
You now know why, I drive
a $50,000 roadster
convertible...that I don't own.
VAL wanted me to have it. It was
her way of saying THANKS...for
helping her with her career.
Taking her from Crayons... to
Perfume! To SIR...with LOVE!
-GEM / President
Gem's Acres of Diamonds!
"The only thing we all really
|September 22,2013....GEM's buys another BABE RUTH for the BABE RUTH SUPER
COLLECTION. I INTEND...over the next few years to buy every important BABE RUTH
CARD....on the PLANET!!! This is no small goal!!!
Let us talk about ego! You have to stay grounded...but, don't think for a moment that
successful people do NOT have huge ego's. THEY DO! They keep them in check so
they don't float off the planet...lol...but, show me a successful person in any field and I
will show you a very large ego!!! Donald Trump and I don't agree on much , but, on
we concur. Intelligent people also know...it is a huge turn off to others NOT to keep
their ego's in check so they
go along with the accepted norms. Our Judeo- Christian value system and Protestant
Work Ethics requires it...and I can say from past experience...you will get into trouble
if you don't rein it in for the sake of yourself and others. But, the point is still
made...successful people have huge ego's...and they see things...others never SEEM to
How else could I go up against everyone on the planet competing for these cards and
expect to win my share of them? How else could I sit in a diner....scribbling on a
napkin expecting to build...now, over 1,590 SETS of cards with $60 in my pocket? I
now steward, almost 1 of every 62 sets listed in the world at PSA! This is unheard of
by any standard.It is pure ...ego! This is not an apology but rather....an acceptance of
the truth! I can't blow lovely at you.... as some things are just harsh reality.
I have the wife that I have....the car that I drive...take the vacations I deserve and
want... not by luck or happenstance....because I choose them! I chase them!!! I go
after...what I WANT! I direct my life in the direction I CHOOSE TO GO!
I have help from on high....and I don't discount that at all.
But, he helps those...that help ...THEMSELVES!
I often kid my Christian friends with..."the weak and meek may inherit the earth...
but, in the interim...it is ours!" Yes, I do accrue some verbal consternation on that
one for sure.
It ruffles some feathers...but it is nice to see them all aglow like peacocks!
If you want to be successful...don't read the latest book on, " how to be successful"...
FIX YOUR EGO! Then, read any book that you care to read!
GEM, absolutely the right initials....LOL! There go the feathers!
|Every day, I feel like Lou Gehrig, when he took the field that day to exclaim..." I feel that I am the luckiest man on the face of the EARTH!"
To be able to help so many children every single day... for me, ....there is just no greater feeling in this WORLD!" - GEM / President / Gem's Acres of Diamonds / GEMCOMcompanies.com
|"I own nothing....but I feel LIKE... the luckiest man
on the face of the EARTH!"
|Christy Mathewson, PSA 7
|The TWO GREATEST things that I learned from Warren Buffett were...."the power of compounding" and the need for a "margin of safety!" THANK YOU, WARREN!
"I love the Stars...
because even when
I was deaf...
they never laughed...
and they were always
there...when I needed
they were there
for ME!" -GEM
|One day, while studying with a fine
teacher, Elsie Easterbrook, a protege of
Libby Warner -Paranov...I mentioned that
I would like to teach Piano...but
COLLEGE at that age...from where I had
been...seemed out of the question.
SHE DID NOT LAUGH!
She said, "You can do it now! You are at a
level to begin teaching.
I will tell you what to write in your
advertising and on your business cards!"
Those words, made a life.
Those words found me
a great wife!
Those words...made up for a lot
that had gone very wrong
for many years.
NEEDY CHILDREN...and help to acquire
CLEFT PALATE repairs all over the globe.
Those were the nicest words ever said to
me...THANK YOU, Elsie! Bless you!
Those words...make me want to
PAY THEM...FORWARD..and I do!
|ONE OF ONE, HIGHEST
GRADE....PSA 7, 1939 STAMP
of BABE RUTH!
It is 12:23 A.M., Tuesday morning, now 9/3/13..and it is time for me... to go to work! I have promises to keep...and miles to go...before I sleep.
Some brother, somewhere in the world...can't carry his brother or his sister any longer on his back because of their size and weight.
I NEED TO FIND....another wheelchair! I need to find...another deal! I need to find the strength...the courage in the darker times....the wisdom to continue for all of them!
Enjoy YOUR night and sleep well! My day has just begun! ...and what a lovely day it will be!
- a "GEM" of a day!
|"THE ONLY THING WE TRULY EVER OWN....is our impression of ourselves....and our abilities." -GEM
REACH FOR THE STARS!
|ONLY TWO , PSA 9's EXIST
with ONLY 1, PSA 10 grading higher
of this card to the left in the world!
This is one of the only two , PSA 0's!
BLACKBURN'S SYRUP card!!!
On 9/5/2013, Mr. Moffatt acquired
this RARE and HARD TO
version of BABE RUTH !
Only 1 Card grades higher
on the PLANET of this
63 YEAR OLD CARD!
|#3, CURRENT FINEST SET
LISTED AT PSA!
(Professional Sports Authenticators)
Includes the RARE #24, ERROR card in
GEM MINT 10 grading!
When you buy cards...67 at a time....
your inventory of PSA graded
|They were married in Newport on Sept 12, 1953
so TODAY, Dec 12, 2013..I just had to buy it!
At 6:31 A. M., on 9/12/13, Mr. Gregg Moffatt acquired this
1964 Topps, JOHN F KENNEDY, PSA 9!...1 of 1...no 10's exist...
which is the HIGHEST PSA GRADE of this card on this PLANET.
* * * * * * * * * * * *
This will go nicely with what is currently considered his #2 RANKED
1964 Topps JOHN F KENNEDY SET IN THE WORLD> actually, we are #1, but I have yet to send
in a few cards that I have in an entire set ungraded to fill any holes in my #1 set.
As I have repeatedly said, " These cards are truly HISTORIC!" - GEM
|JOE DIMAGGIO, PSA 9
|TED WILLIAMS, SGC 96 = a PSA 9
|...and 11 others
|GEM's Acres of Diamonds now has TWO, #1 All Time FInest sets in the World of ELVIS!
1978 Donruss ELVIS and the 1992 River Group are both ranked ALL TIME FINEST
at the leader in ranking, Professional Sports Authenticators---> PSA!
YOU WILL SLIP..and YOU WILL FALL!
It happens to all of us...but, get up!
Brush it off...laugh it off...
Use your sense of humor...
to find YOUR humility. Your humanity...
And go back outside...
and...stand on your toes with your
arms outstretched to the HEAVENS
REACH FOR THE STARS!
* * * *
This month's good books to read?
Sun Tzu...the Art of War...
I use it every day. Every minute of the day!
But, even better...about life?
Dr. Seuss wrote...
"Oh, the places we will go!"
READ THAT ONE....it is my FAV!
KEEP THAT ONE VERY CLOSE!
along with...THINK AND GROW RICH
|9/16, GEM's acquires this 1961 BABE RUTH
Nu Card Scoops, BABE HITS 3 HOMERS, PSA 8.5!
ONE OF 3 IN THE WORLD!
|TODAY, September 12th in HISTORY
...and this morning GEM's duplicated it with this ------>!
Over the Years, I have bought
a lot of pieces SIGNED by Alex
Rodriguez figuring he was
going to break some serious
In the last couple of days, he
just broke Lou Gehrig's long
held record on the number of
GRAND SLAMS ever hit by
one player. Alex now owns
that record with 24.
It should be noted that he is
also only 6 home runs away
from HANK AARON'S
Home Run Record!
The value of our pieces just
keeps going Up, Up and away!!!
GEM's Acres of Diamonds
|Professional Sports Authenticators has only seen ONE of these in ANY GRADE and this
is the only one they have ever seen...
PSA 9! GEM's Acres of Diamonds Sports Cards / GEM 9/21/2013
|ONE of 19, in the world
of this card to your right!
GEM MINT 10 of BABE RUTH.
Rare FILSON'S CITIES SERVICE card.
|Purchased for on top of the
counter...8 Bottle Wine
A very quiet unit that holds 8
bottles of wine, has an interior
light and has an electronic
thermostat control. Nice unit!
Made by Frigidaire....
$99!...You can't go wrong!
18 1/4 inches in height.