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Tuesday, May 26, 2020
I Sold My 1953 Topps Cards! Part 4 - '71s
In the first post in this series I covered the sale. In the second post, I started sharing my pick-ups with the resulting windfall in the form of 16 1953 Topps cards from COMC to re-initiate my set build in raw format. In the third post in the series, I picked up another 33 raw '53 Topps cards courtesy of eBay. So at this stage I'd spent $138.20 and acquired 49 1953 Topps cards, nearly half as many as I'd sold off in the first place and still with over $600 in play money left to spend.
For the next installment in the series, I decided to chase a few 1971 Topps HOFers. Not sure why I had this thought at the time, maybe it was knowing that 2020 was 1971's year for Topps Heritage. Anyway, after picking up the Nolan Ryan from the set in a nice-looking PSA 4 a while back, I was hoping to find some companions for Nolan in the same grade. The 1971 black borders are notoriously tough, so I just wanted my cards to look presentable, and was more concerned with authenticity and frugality than with perfection.
In the end I netted an additional six players with plaques in Cooperstown (mostly) from the iconic set...
I always get a kick out of Brooks' "small visor" batting helmet. In fact, I just watched the 1971 Topps All-Star game the other day (with no new sports I've been enjoying throwback games on occasion) and commented about how Brooks' helmet reminded me of this card. $6.57 for a card I've desired for years now, not too bad!
Finally, the card I was most excited about from this small grouping...
Just a classic shot of Clemente and his bat barrel, simply fantastic. As far as pure aesthetics of the photograph goes, I prefer this one over the other two flagship Topps Clemente cards in my collection so far ('61 and '69). For just a bit more than a blaster would set me back, I can't believe it took me this many years to track one of these down. A satisfying purchase with my '53 Topps funds, indeed!
Put together with the Nolan Ryan, Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson cards that I already had from this release, I'm on the cusp of hitting double digits in my quest for the HOFers from the set now! Running total for these six cards was $75.36. I'll certainly keep my eye out for opportunities to continue with this '71 HOFers/stars quest in the coming months.
1953 Topps Sale Breakdown
$1,000.00 - Invested/Saved
$138.20 - 49 1953 Topps Singles
$75.36 - 6 1971 Topps Singles
Remaining Funds: $536.44
Posted by shoeboxlegends at 1:00 PM
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Those 71's look better than a 4
Wow. A PSA 4 1971 Topps Clemente for $26? That's a heck of a good deal.
Those cards look amazing in a collage like that. It actually makes me want to pick up enough graded cards from a classic set to be able to take my own photo like that.
Whew, I thought I was the only one who noticed the small visor Brooks Robinson wore. I always used to think it was a mistake or some weird perspective shift when I saw it on his cards until I discovered that, no, the lip of his batting helmet WAS actually smaller than normal!
Thanks guys! Jeremy, that is actually a photo I took before sending all the cards away after the sale. You can't beat a giant expanse of vintage cardboard. Nick, that's hilarious and I feel the same!
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