I've teased it a couple of times now, it's time I finally got around to posting about the awesome batch of cards I picked up at an antiques store here in Rhode Island last month.
It was my last day of a week's vacation from work where I didn't really travel, more of a mental break. I decided to take a run over to this particular antiques shop because I recalled seeing some boxes of cards there a year or more earlier, but didn't have time to browse through them on that occasion. I figured that anything decent had probably been picked through in the many months since I had seen those boxes, but it was a nice day out and it gave me an excuse to take a ride either way.
This '52 Topps Stan Rojek caught my eye, because I'm a fan of defunct franchises like the St. Louis Browns, and because it was in much better shape than most 1952 Topps cards I've run across. If you look closely at the scan the corners have some dings and wear, but tell me that's not a beautiful card? Anyway, when I saw the price tag of $20 I was a little discouraged. I prepared to put Stan, and the handful of other cards I already had set aside, back into the box and move on with my day. As cool as the card was, I knew without even taking out my phone to research that paying $20 was a bit much.
Sure enough, every card was 70% off the listed price. That meant that Stan Rojek, and Joe Muir here, priced at $20 each, set me back just $6 a piece. I'm not crazy enough to think about taking a shot at the '52 set, but for cards in this condition from this classic set I just couldn't walk away from them.
Let's close out this post with one of my favorite cards of the day, which also had a $20 sticker, resulting in a $6 retail price:
I probably could have waited this one out, scoured eBay and followed auctions for months, and eventually landed a better copy at a better price, but in the moment I decided that this one is more than acceptable as a place holder until that day comes (which it likely never will).
This was a pretty good representation of what I brought home that day, but it's certainly not all of it. I'll try to get the rest of the haul up within the next week or so, but given how long it took me to get even this much up we'll see...
no. 706 - joe foy - *Who is the man:* Joe Foy was in his final season in the majors when this card was issued. He was picked up by the Senators for the 1971 season in the Ru...