I'll confess that I'm one of those people who seems to take forever to spend gift cards for whatever reason. Maybe it's the same trait that allows me to keep dozens of unopened packs on the shelf for a rainy day without blinking an eye. Anyway, I sat on these in much the same way, until I finally got off my butt and associated them with my PayPal account last month. I figured a year where I'm trying to cut down on hobby related spending was the perfect time to bust these out and get some essentially free cards.
There were actually two gift cards, one with a value of $100 and one with a value of $50. The reason that matters is that I found out the one caveat with using pre-paid gift cards through PayPal like this is that you have to cover the entire purchase with one single gift card. There wasn't going to be any combining of these to bring home a single, $150 card or anything like that (foiling my original plan). Instead, I'd need to charge as close to $100 worth of cards as I could manage to one card, and as close to $50 worth of cards to the other.
I started with the larger card first, and I couldn't be happier with my haul:
Hank had a typical beast of a year in '58, with a .326/.386/.546 slash line accompanied by just shy of 200 hits, 34 doubles, an even 30 home runs and 95 RBI. He finished 3rd in NL MVP voting behind winner Ernie Banks, and Willie Mays. Not bad for your age 24 season!
With a nice prize like this coming out of the gift cards, and more still to come, I certainly hope I hit the 25-year mark at this company!
1959 Topps Hank Aaron -
2019 Running Total - $17.06