I mentioned a few days ago that I managed to find a few minutes to sneak off to the local hobby shop. I used to stop by much more frequently years ago, but nowadays usually only go for supplies, as was the case this trip. I feel guilty about this, but the reality is I try to stretch my limited hobby funds as far as possible each month, and a one man operation just isn't going to compete with the prices and variety offered by online giants like eBay.
I always look around while I'm there just in case, because I do like to support small business and throw the owner a bone if I can find some items that aren't wildly overpriced. I'll even overpay within reason just to help him out, but I'm not shelling out five to six dollars for a single pack of low-end cards. To each his own, but for me it almost always leads to buyer's remorse. This particular trip was definitely worth it!
At this point I'm about to check out with $2-3 worth of cards, figuring I won't be back here again, when I ask him on a whim if he has any older baseball commons that aren't on display for any reason. I run into this a lot at small shops, for whatever reason the stuff that I find boring and overpriced is right there on the shelf in plain view, but the more interesting cards are behind the counter or off in another room. Almost like the shop owners don't really want to part with them unless they have to or something. Anyway, what this guy brought out for me to look through was a treasure trove of vintage baseball from 1957 up through the late '60s. The prices were amazing if you were willing to deal with "less than mint", which is not a problem for me!
This card set me back just 10 cents. I'm basically going to buy any card that I don't have that is 50 years old or more if it costs just a dime. No matter how damaged, I just can't pass them up at that price (nor do I see them at that price very often).
Once again, a random vintage card that I knew nothing about led me to learn about a very interesting player. Check out Jim Baumer's career statistics, courtesy of baseball-reference.com:
I'll definitely share some more of this stuff when I find some time...
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