Time for the next installment of "Cardboard Keepers", a thought experiment where I theoretically whittle my entire collection down to just 2,000 cards; 1,000 baseball keepers and 1,000 other keepers.
Today's keeper card comes via yet another eBay flip that I pulled off while sheltering in place these past few months. My activity is starting to wind down on this front, both because the market is cooling off a bit and because I'm running out of good low-hanging fruit in my collection as far as flippable cards go.
In the case of today's flip, it was a one-for-one exchange. First, let's see the card I sold...
picked this one up in the fall of 2018, and as I commented at the time it was because I just wanted one significant Jordan card to represent him in my collection.
I paid $16.49 for this card, which at the time seemed about right for a card like this that, while iconic, isn't exactly rare or hard to find. Once I picked up Jordan's RC in a mega-flip this spring though, this Finest release became expendable as far as my collection goes. With MJ's cards just skyrocketing off the charts price-wise thanks to the ESPN documentary, I decided to part with this one, and netted well over ten times what I shelled out for the card not even two years ago. Yeah, the sports card market was just insane this spring.
So, what did I use the sales proceeds on? As I mentioned, just a single card, but it's quite a whopper.
I've been a Hank Aaron fan since early childhood, when I read a biography of his cover to cover as a rabid kid baseball fan. It's been very rewarding landing some of his playing-era cardboard since returning to collecting as an adult, but this card easily takes the cake as my favorite Hammerin' Hank to date. I'd love to one day acquire a rookie, but I can expect that to set me back well into the four figures, so for now I feel extremely fortunate to have this beauty. Pretty crazy to think that from eBay flips alone I've now acquired the Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams and Hank Aaron cards from this iconic set! My casual '55 set pursuit has some real merit now.
An easy choice for my Cardboard Keepers baseball collection, which is now up to 37 cards and counting, and can be viewed here if you're interested.
I'll be back with more keepers soon, in the meantime thanks as always for stopping by!
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