Set-completion, Canadian-style - Happy Canada Day to my north-of-the-border readers! It's tradition around here to try to acknowledge this day -- since I practically live in Canada acco...
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.
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1971 Topps Nolan Ryan - $13.50 ($43.50 - $30 Amex Gift Card)
2019 Running Total - $30.56