Four Cubs were on the Fan Favorite Autographs checklist. On Ebay the autographs were plentiful and reasonable. It took me just a few days to win all four.
Getting two of them took a little longer. One was my fault. I forgot to check the seller's location until after I won the auction. The card was in Taiwan! I knew it wasn't going to be here in a couple days.
The other delayed card...not my fault. I won the auction on June 3rd. But the slow-shipping seller didn't print a label until a week later, June 10. And then for a week, nothing. The USPS tracking showed only that the label was printed. The card didn't make it to the post office. On the 17th, two weeks after I paid for the card, and a week after the label was made, I emailed the seller. A day later he responded that, yes, he did take the package to the post office. He also said he'd check with his mailman.
I didn't believe him.
The next day, miraculously, the package finally showed up in the USPS system. Cynical me figures my email inspired him to finally make a trip to the post office. But at least the card was en route to me. It arrived a couple days later.
I already have autographs of all four, but with two of them they are not certified. Now I can compare them to see if any are fakes...