That was a rush ... until it wasn't - Upon opening my first packs of 2023 Heritage on Saturday, I felt a little bad about the rant that I posted on everything that's become wrong with Herita...
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Down-Grading - 1971 Topps Hank Aaron
Fast forward a dozen years and while I'd still like to acquire all of those Aaron cards eventually, I don't feel the need to spend the money to get them in the sort of condition my '71 Aaron was in. So, this card was an obvious candidate to list when I decided to start letting some cards go on eBay earlier this year.
To my surprise, I netted a cool $265 for this card, almost exactly twice what I paid for it back in 2007. Since I've done a good job of saving most of my proceeds from my card sales over the past few months, I decided to treat myself to a little spending spree with the proceeds from this Aaron. In the end I walked away with five graded cards in exchange for this one.
Let's take a look at how I did...
Nolan Ryan and Frank Robinson cards I scored from this set earlier this year, both of which are also in PSA 4 slabs.
This was an obvious choice, as I now truly don't feel like I "lost anything" with respect to my collection in this exchange. Got the same card I started with essentially, only with a pile of cash to use to pick up some other great cards. Speaking of which...
I've been focusing on 1950s baseball for the most part over this past year, but it feels good to flesh out my '60s collection of one of my boyhood idols. A really nice looking card too, good eye appeal and I felt I got a steal using $59 of my proceeds to secure this one.
I was drawn to this one because it looks absolutely stunning for a card graded a mere "VG 3" by PSA. When I first got into graded cards in the late 2000s, I made the mistake of being obsessed with the grade. I wanted all of my cards from the 1960s to be in a PSA 7 grade, no exceptions. At some point though, I realized my OCD was hurting me, and preventing me from owning some of the very cards I desired most. Nowadays, I just pay attention to the way the card looks, and couldn't care less about the grade. In fact, if I can find a card that appears "under-graded" like this one I'm even more pleased, as it just saves me coin in the end.
Nonetheless, a 3 seems pretty harsh for this one, doesn't it?
Let's look now at the final two cards from this flip, neither of which feature Henry Aaron...
Honestly, I'd love to one day acquire all of Clemente's vintage flagship Topps run, so in this instance I wasn't even looking for any one particular card. I just knew I wanted a vintage Clemente, and was prepared to pull the trigger on whatever the best deal was that I could find.
This card felt like the best value, in amazing shape with just about perfect centering for $52. I could not be more pleased with this pick-up, in fact I'd say it may be my favorite card of today's grouping, though that's certainly a tough call to make.
With four vintage baseball cards procured, I wanted to do something a little more off-the-beaten-path as far as my collection goes with the balance of the proceeds. I've been trying to think of some iconic, yet affordable, cards from the other major sports for my "Cardboard Keepers" project, and ended up going that route with the rest of the funds.
When it came to selecting the first card to represent the man in my collection, the choice was easy. I'm admittedly a total sucker for the "tall-boy" cards that Topps issued in the '60s and early '70s. I already had hockey and football examples in my collection, so picking up a basketball counterpart was a no-brainer. Besides, there's something about a tall basketball card in particular that just feels fitting, right? I'm sure I'll be inducting this card into my Cardboard Keepers album in the future. In fact, that's probably the case for all five cards in today's post.
So, that's the story of probably my single greatest card flip of 2019, and one of my better flips of all time. How do you think I did? If you had a couple hundred bucks in Paypal credit from a sale to spend on cards, would you pick up a few heavy hitters like this? Maybe a bunch of small cards instead? Use it all on a single white whale? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
Thanks as always for stopping by!
Posted by shoeboxlegends at 10:55 AM
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Love the '67 Aaron and what a great way of getting more cards by flipping the one. Smart. Wilt is a great card as well. Dude was so good. Fun post.
You really have an eye for maximizing returns with vintage/slabbed singles. Very nicely done! I'm trying to do this with my higher-end prospect cards but eBay selling never works well for me. The '62 Aaron is one of my faves (I miss it already) and any card of Clemente or Wilt is a winner!
Sure, I'd buy some heavy hitters with the sold graded card. But I wouldn't buy any graded cards with the money. I don't really believe in them. Of course, that means I probably wouldn't have the money to spend because I didn't have the graded card to sell in the first place ...
I'm there with Owl. Can't stand slabbed cards. But for s### & giggles say one magically appeared on my door step, yep I'd flip it for several heavy hitters of the non-graded variety.
That downgrade looks like an upgrade to me! Drooling over that '61 Clemente.
Wow, you did a great job there! Sometimes quantity over quality is a better way to go. (And it's not like there's a huge difference in quality, anyhow.)
Wow. Great job on the flip. Aaron, Clemente, and Chamberlain? Can't go wrong with that.
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