Why Not? - I didn't have any purple ink autographs before, so why not add this inexpensive one I saw while looking through '21 Luminance cards? He doesn't appear ...
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
RCRC (Royal Crown Ryan Card)
I received a $100 Amex gift card last year for reaching my 15th anniversary at work. After using $65 of the balance on a '58 Topps Hank Aaaron, and another $4.99 on the Sean Burke autograph I posted last Sunday, I had $30.01 in credit left on the card. So, I made a $30 deposit to COMC, and then pulled the trigger on this...
His 1971 Topps card is one of the more desirable and valuable cards in the set, and is well known for the large, bright Royal Crown Cola advertisement above the outfield fence in the background. I love that the photograph was taken from the perfect angle to have Nolan's head land between the two words, leaving the advertisement virtually un-obscured.
This can be a pricey card, which is the main reason I'd never ended up tracking one down after all these years. I thought this copy looked absolutely fantastic, very well centered, good color, certainly good corners by 1971 Topps' tough standards. Quite honestly, I'm astonished that this graded only a "VG-EX 4".
With that, my first $100 Amex gift card is effectively toast ($.01 balance remaining), but I couldn't be happier with the results! I got a $50 Amex card with it if you recall though, and used that on a pair of singles I'll be showing here in the coming weeks.
Thanks for stopping by!
1971 Topps Nolan Ryan - $13.50 ($43.50 - $30 Amex Gift Card)
2019 Running Total - $30.56
Posted by shoeboxlegends at 4:00 PM
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Congrats on such a classic card!
That's one of my favorite Nolan Ryan cards. I picked up a PSA 4 copy myself last year and couldn't be happier. Looking forward to seeing the final two cards from your Amex GC Shopping Spree.
Awesome! I bought my '71 Ryan off COMC as well. Mine set me back all of $5, though it does have about 844 creases and dings.
Great pick-up, for sure. Nolan's got some good cardboard out there, and the '71 is definitely one of them.
Fantastic! The day is coming when I get serious about finishing off some of my pre-1972 Mets team sets, and at that point I'll have a bunch of Ryans to fit in my budget. I'll most likely end up with something like what Nick got on COMC - something which had been closely associated with back pockets or bicycle spokes early in its life. :-D
I have had this card since 1971 and held on to it because my dad and my brothers all worked at RC Cola. Later, I worked there myself. It is in rough shape but still brings back great memories.
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