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Saturday, May 9, 2020
Cardboard Keepers - My Best Card Flip Ever!
I became a fan of international soccer around the time I first traveled to Europe almost ten years ago now. For the first few years of my fandom, there weren't really a ton of soccer cards available out there, but the soccer card scene has really exploded in the past half dozen years or so. Well two summers ago now, the 2018 World Cup was in full swing. I, like millions of people around the world, became fascinated by young French superstar Kylian Mbappe. At just 19 years old he was one of the biggest stars on the world stage in the tournament, and led France to Gold in the tournament.
I was searching out Kylian's cards somewhat regularly that summer, mostly trying to obtain different parallels for the 2018 Panini Prizm World Cup set that I was borderline obsessive over for a while. During one of those searches the above card turned up. I knew right away that this was somewhat rare, as I hadn't seen more than a copy or two available in my weeks of searching daily for new Mbappe cards.
Then, in the past few months, something happened...
It's hard to overstate just how much Kylian's cards have skyrocketed just these past few weeks. This is every bit the situation you're seeing with Michael Jordan cards on the basketball side, where singles that cost less than $20 only recently are now selling for hundreds.
Because I have been trying to trim my collection of cards that I'm not truly enamored with, and have been putting an intense focus on obtaining fewer but more significant "dream cards" instead, I decided to see what this card was going for. Quickly realizing it had more than doubled maybe tripled or more in value all over again, I decided it was time to part with this card in favor of a few cards I'd appreciate much, much more.
I listed this on eBay with an insanely high Buy-It-Now price and accepted offers, and within minutes they started rolling in. In the end I sold this $4.99 pick-up that wasn't all that significant to me for a price I was satisfied with, more than I've ever made selling one single card in the past I believe.
Let's just say it was enough to afford this for starters...
Since the sale of the Mbappe card was one such situation, I knew I wanted to add another vintage Mantle to my collection first and foremost with the proceeds. I settled on this '68 because I think it's one of my favorite cards in a set that isn't necessarily a favorite set. A great, stoic pose from the Mick in his final season. Also, it checked all the boxes for me in terms of being a really amazing copy in terms of visual appeal. The above image is a scan, but here's a photo I took with my iPhone that give you probably a better look...
I would honestly have been happy flipping the Mbappe RC for the Mantle alone. Hell, two years ago after I purchased it I probably would have done exactly that had I thought more about it. Turns out this was just the first of a few cards I was able to land though, thanks to this crazy market...
For the second one, we'll take a brief foray into the world of hockey cards...
Lemieux was the greatest player in the game for many years, a true generational talent. I still say, as far as hockey cards go, that his rookie card is under-valued in the hobby to this day. Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin RCs (don't get me wrong, those guys are generational talents also) are selling for almost twice what Lemieux's are, at least in high grades. I simply don't get it.
As if those two pick-ups weren't enough though, I had enough left over to land a third significant card of a HOFer as well!
I enjoy Mays' cardboard just as much as any of those aforementioned stars, and decided this was the time to do something about getting him at least slightly better represented in my collection. I knew I wanted to target a 1950s card since that was the decade I'd pledged to make progress on in 2020, and while I wasn't particularly concerned with which card I ended up with, in the end it was this gorgeous '56.
A little off-center from left to right, but the further back in time I go the less picky I can afford to be about those types of things. Besides, the card's other aspects outweigh that in my opinion. Just a really solid example of this classic card from a classic set. My oldest Mays, and I couldn't be more pleased with it.
What if I told you though that these three cards weren't all that I was able to haul in with the proceeds from the Mbappe sale? What if I told you that I was able to land two other playing-era cards of guys with plaques in Cooperstown that are even older than any cards shown here today?
Yep, it's true. Come on by again tomorrow for the conclusion to the two-post breakdown of my best card flip ever!
That's 33 cards down in the baseball Cardboard Keepers collection altogether now, 967 to go. You can see the virtual album here if you're interested. The non-baseball Cardboard Keepers collection is up to 20 cards in size now, and can be viewed here.
Posted by shoeboxlegends at 9:30 AM
Labels: Cardboard Keepers, Soccer
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Are you kidding me!! Wow indeed! Love that Mays!!!!!!!
Absolutely incredible! Congrats!
Awesome job of flipping. I wish I had it in me to sell cards. I've purchased a lot of cool stuff from the flea market that I should have flipped for a profit, but never did. My buddy always teases me about that, because he's like you. He's able to make a living flipping stuff he finds at flea markets, card shows, and on eBay. It's crazy.
That's just incredible.
Holy crap. Just flipping to one of those would've been amazing and things just kept getting better.
I know absolutely nothing about soccer, which makes it all the more incredible that you were able to get a Mantle AND a Mays with money from a card of a guy I've never even heard of. Congrats!
I've sold cards like that on COMC for a healthy profit, but nothing like that. Congratulations, those are three beauties!
Shut the front door.
I would have commented earlier, but seeing the cards you received from the flip made me fall off my chair. Then I had to get up and walk around for a while. And then I had to read the post again to make sure I was understanding it correctly. Congratulations on picking up some incredible cardboard!
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