The Villages card show along with the Easy peazy CONTEST and Groundhog Day! - *Here we are again, a new month (yesterday) and I forgot to post my usual monthly reminder of the almost daily giveaway/contest. The rules are simple.* ...
Sunday, May 24, 2020
Cardboard Keepers - My Favorite Card Acquired During Quarantine
Since my wife and I have been fortunate enough not to have our household income impacted by the pandemic to date, something we are incredibly grateful for, I have actually picked up a few different cards during quarantine. I wanted to select a card that I hadn't already blogged about only recently though, and just yesterday the perfect candidate arrived in my mailbox.
This is a card that in some sense I never even knew existed until I stumbled upon it while browsing eBay, but that I absolutely had to have once I located it. It was listed for less than $80, but features multiple HOFers, and may be the only copy like it in existence (or one of just a few, at most). Intrigued?
For this particular acquisition I parted with my 1977, 1978 and 1979 PSA 8-slabbed Yaz cards. Many years ago I thought I'd try to chase every base card that Yastrzemski had in the Topps, Donruss and Fleer lines from his 1960 RC through his final cards in 1984. It didn't turn out to be as fun a quest as I'd envisioned, and I'd already sold off some of the '80s graded versions a while ago. Since I already have all three of these cards in raw form as part of complete sets, it made perfect sense to part with these three.
On their own, each is no more than probably a $15-$20 card in a PSA 8 holder, so for efficiency I batched them up and listed all three together. Got close to $60 within a few days, which I was more than happy with!
The good news is that was enough that, when paired with the proceeds from the Yaz trio, I was able to click "Buy-It-Now" on today's gem without it truly costing me a dime!
Alright, thanks for sticking with me through that lead-in. Here's my favorite card acquired during quarantine at last!
Someone took the time to have all four subjects autograph this card, then submit it to PSA for authenticity/slabbing. The above image is a scan from my flat-bed scanner, but here's a better look courtesy of my iPhone...
Secondly, this autograph hunter was apparently a pro because you could not ask for more clear, legible, bold signatures than this. Even in such limited space, all four signers did great work. The signatures themselves are fantastic, and they're placed just perfectly to avoid covering their faces even.
Talk about four solid subjects right there. Of the four, only Ed Johnston is not in the HOF, and he was no slouch with a decades-long career in playing and coaching, two Stanley Cup championships, and is also the last goaltender to play every single minute of every single game for his team for an entire season (in the early '60s). Cheevers, and of course Esposito, were cardboard heroes of mine and legends in my mind based on sports cards alone when I was a kid collector.
Lastly, this set itself is just fantastic. If it weren't for the 1979-80 set that many collectors (myself included) feel is the best hockey set ever created, this would be many hockey collectors' favorite set of the '70s. I know it's my personal favorite from that decade after '79-80. Plus, during the season this card came out the Bruins won the Stanley Cup behind the play of two of the guys who signed this card. Simply awesome.
I'll try to get to the remaining posts in Tim's challenge in the coming days. In the meantime, the non-baseball Cardboard Keepers collection is up to 21 cards in size now, and can be viewed here. I've still got a long way to go, with 979 cards remaining to be selected. I'll be back soon with the next card or group of cards for that project as well, but until then thanks as always for stopping by!