My birthday was just about a month ago now. Since I don't typically get anything sports card-related as a gift (though I did receive an eBay gift card from my mother-in-law), I decided to treat myself this year. I loaded $75 of credit into my COMC account on a Saturday with a couple of hours to kill and treated it like my own virtual card show.
$75 is much more than I'd typically spend on COMC, but I justified this because A) I haven't busted a single wax box of cards all year and have generally been doing a good job sticking to my hobby budget in 2016, and B) I haven't made the regularly scheduled card show in my area in over 6 months now.
I really wanted above all else to land a few significant vintage baseball cards. My timing was perfect that weekend, as one particular seller was offering some pretty amazing sales on some "slightly loved" vintage baseball cards. Some of the best sales I can ever recall seeing on COMC in fact! I ended up with just 8 cards in total, which I admit doesn't sound like a lot. One of them took up 1/3 of my allotted budget though, and the other 7 came to $50 combined. I've got the first four to show off today, and will follow up with the rest in part 2 tomorrow...
I was drawn to this one because despite the surface wrinkles it is centered fairly well, which is probably the thing I look for most in a vintage card. Of course, the ultimate reason I decided to go with this card is that it was priced at an insanely low $6.44. Can you believe that? Condition aside, I figured I wouldn't get too many chances to own this card at less than $10. To put it in perspective, the current lowest price example of this Berra on COMC is listed at $25 and change, and it looks like this:
While it's probably my least favorite of the 8 cards I picked up, it was also the least expensive at just $2.19. Absolutely no way I could leave this one out of my cart at that bargain basement price.
It may not be perfect, but if I ever decide to take a stab at the '57 Topps set this will certainly suffice. Adding to the allure of this one is the fact that the Braves won the World Series in 1957!
Again I paid $6.44 for this card, but it's in really fantastic shape with hardly a flaw to be noticed. I also didn't mind shelling out over $6 for a 1972 Topps card because this is a high number. At card #777, it's from the sixth and final series and is now the highest number '72 Topps card that I own.
Tomorrow I'll show the other group of four, which I think puts even these to shame!
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