This post may be a little long, so...bear with me.
So I recently saw a Seneca Wallace card pop up on Ebay, and though it was a card I already had it had a neat difference that made it especially cool. See, it was the second ever semi-legit Shield logo card I've ever seen of Seneca (the first being his 1/1 Mirror Black), which in the collecting community (well the forum collecting community anyway since they're all about relics and autos and whatnot) is basically the best kind of card possible. The NFL shield is THE piece you want on your card, and it often brings a pretty little premium along with it if you're a re-seller.
Of course with big trends in cards come people who try to fake them to make a few bucks, so shields are often faked, and this one seemed suspicious to me. See, it was a 2003 Leaf Mirror Blue, and the partial shield on this card was in a window marked "shoe." Shoes don't have shields, and Seneca's Rookie Premiere shoes were black and white, not the blue in the background of the shield. So...fake?
Nope. I did some research, and it turns out 2003 LCM Mirror Blue messed it up. See, the 1/1 Black, /5 Emerald, and the /25 Gold all had the helmet piece on the right side of the card where my Seneca shield was. Here are two examples of a helmet piece on the right and the shoe piece on the left middle:
Anyway, knowing this piece was now real, I needed it. Thing is, I hadn't started my new job yet and didn't have the money to spend on this, especially since it was listed at $49.99 (or best offer). So I quickly put up a bunch of sale threads on the forum, and after selling three lots I ended up at about $29. I threw out an offer of $22, which is pretty fair (the normal card books at $20 and I bought the original for like $3 delivered). The guy agreed, and now I have my first shield card of Seneca Wallace: