So my last couple of baseball posts have been of a pretty negative nature. I figured it would be a good time to be a bit more positive and show off one of my favorite additions to my collection from 2009. When Topps Heritage came out earlier this year I thought the cards were great, no big surprise there. I made the decision right away that I wouldn't chase the set though, I don't need another 75 short prints to spend months going after and likely give up on in the end. I've got more than enough half-completed-but-given-up-on sets as it is.
So, I decided to spend the money I would've dropped on a hobby box of '09 Heritage on actual 1960 Topps cards instead, since my collection was pretty bare from that year. I spent more than half of the budget on a single card, this PSA-graded Stan Musial:
Graded cards were what got me back into collecting initially, and while I've really cooled off on them, have sold a good chunk of them off, and now generally prefer non-graded cards, I will still occasionally pick them up when it comes to vintage cards of star players. I've always wanted a 1960 Topps card of a Hall-of-Famer, and this Musial fits the bill perfectly. This is my first real Musial card from his actual playing days, and will be a prized part of my collection for many years to come.
Best of all, I nabbed it cheap enough that I still had about $25 left from what I would've spent on my hobby box, and was able to add a couple of dozen commons in pretty decent condition as well. I may have missed out on Topps Heritage, but I feel pretty good about getting a start on a vintage set that would be a lifelong goal to complete.
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