Friday, February 17, 2017

Bargain Hunting - Delvecchio Tallboy!

A couple of weeks back I got an email from Dave & Adam's Card World letting me know they were having a sale, and since I had a few minutes I decided to check it out.  While I didn't find any boxes or other unopened modern product that caught my eye, there were two cards in their vintage singles section (one baseball, one hockey) that I was highly interested in and thought were priced more than fairly.

Tonight I present the first, HOFer Alex Delvecchio:

Man I love the '64-65 Topps hockey set.  I'm partial to "tallboy" cards in general but this release in particular is just fantastic.  I'm not in a position to try completing a hockey set from the '60s at this point, but were I considering doing so this one would be at the top of the list.

Alex Delvecchio is one of those guys that from my point of view seems to get slightly less hobby respect than some of his contemporaries.  I'm not really sure why given that he was a member of three Stanley Cup winning teams, and that when he retired he was second in career games played, assists and points.

The copy I bought is actually slabbed by PSA.  The other cards I have from this set are not graded, and so I will most likely break Alex free of his plastic prison at some point.  I was very surprised to see this card earn a grade of just 3.  The reason why is evident on the back, though I still think the grade is harsh:

A bit of paper loss at the tail end of Alex's last name there and a couple of soft corners are about the only flaws here.  Doesn't bother me in the least, as you can still read all of the vital information and the cartoon is unscathed as well.  Besides, these issues are the reason this card was so cheap.

How cheap?  I paid $10.  Yup, I'd call that a bargain!


Hackenbush said...

I guess Alex suffers from second banana syndrome. Your win. I guess the back is a 1 and the front is a 5. Give or take.

Chris said...

That is a nice card, and I think you got a great deal at $10. Until recently, my oldest Hockey HOFer card was a Delvecchio from 72-73 Topps. Not nearly as cool as a Tallboy though!

Commishbob said...

Sweet card. That really would be fun set to chase

Anonymous said...

It's a source of mild embarrassment that I don't have any cards from that set. I should probably try to correct that the next time I go to a show (whenever that ends up being).

Mark Hoyle said...

I think I only have one said from this set. That must be corrected. Great card

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