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3arod13
02-13-2016, 09:13 AM
Only been on NET54 for the past month and haven't had an opportunity to see everyone's Holy Grail - Prize Possession - #1 Card. I don't collect early cards, but this was my prize possession - 1986 Michael Jordan Rookie Card PSA 9, which he signed in 1987. Bought it raw on Ebay for $650. Sent it to PSA. Sold it for $4,000. Let's see yours!

dwightclarkJ
02-13-2016, 09:22 AM
Only been on NET54 for the past month and haven't had an opportunity to see everyone's Holy Grail - Prize Possession - #1 Card. I don't collect early cards, but this was my prize possession - 1986 Michael Jordan Rookie Card PSA 9, which he signed in 1987. Bought it raw on Ebay for $650. Sent it to PSA. Sold it for $4,000. Let's see yours!

absolute beauty!

3arod13
02-13-2016, 09:26 AM
absolute beauty!

Like always, regretted selling it! But it's what we go through as collectors! I got into Game Used Memorabilia, which was expensive.

philliesfan
02-13-2016, 09:31 AM
Mine is not a card but a photo.

http://i.imgur.com/YHAd9yK.jpg?2

begsu1013
02-13-2016, 09:40 AM
the whole 80's childhood thing:

christmas of '87. canseco card and a tony hawk skateboard w. slimeball wheels.

life was good!

still have my card and wish i still had the board too.

http://caimages.collectors.com/psaimages/26029/10292032/86%20canseco%20donruss.jpg

VintageBling
02-13-2016, 10:40 AM
Got it for a steal at $104.

clydepepper
02-13-2016, 11:39 AM
A Tie between these two:

221092 221093

3arod13
02-13-2016, 11:52 AM
A Tie between these two:

221092 221093

I choose the Ruth! I like that card!

Gobucsmagic74
02-13-2016, 11:55 AM
The 1953 Topps Mays autograph was obtained by my grandfather sometime in the early 1950's in Milwaukee, WI. He claims it was his rookie year...he's 91 now so I'll give him a pass on that one. The Wagner is a recent addition and downgrade from a PSA 5 that I sold late last year. Still very pleased to own this one

jb217676
02-13-2016, 12:01 PM
This is my grail...

dwightclarkJ
02-13-2016, 12:03 PM
Although not very valuable, one of my favorites given to me as a kid and it takes me back to the good old real NFL days.
clark

caramelcard
02-13-2016, 12:06 PM
the whole 80's childhood thing:

christmas of '87. canseco card and a tony hawk skateboard w. slimeball wheels.

life was good!

still have my card and wish i still had the board too.

http://caimages.collectors.com/psaimages/26029/10292032/86%20canseco%20donruss.jpg


I"m with you Bob. Nothing beats those years of skating and 80s cards for me.

atx840
02-13-2016, 12:10 PM
http://i.imgur.com/SRJNc8a.jpg

dwightclarkJ
02-13-2016, 12:19 PM
1980s most incredible decade ever!

dwightclarkJ
02-13-2016, 12:22 PM
One of my first cards and intro into hobby.

icollectDCsports
02-13-2016, 12:22 PM
:eek:http://i.imgur.com/SRJNc8a.jpg

:D

e107collector
02-13-2016, 01:01 PM
Here's mine:

Love Joe Jackson cards!!

Tony

HistoricNewspapers
02-13-2016, 01:53 PM
As I have collected cards, historic newspapers, and other artifacts, the holy grail for me was to obtain a contemporary image of Billy The Kid while he was still alive. There is only one known photograph of him, so really this very rare woodcut form an 1881 issue of the Illustrated Police News is the only way to obtain my Grail. Note that it is the same image of the lone famous photo.

glchen
02-13-2016, 02:11 PM
This was the only card that I put in a toploader when I was a kid. I remember purchasing it from a baseball card store in a mall for some obscene sum like $50-60. When I re-entered the hobby a few years ago, managed to find it at my parents' home and had it holdered for protection.

deltaarnet
02-13-2016, 02:15 PM
I have over a 100 or so Killebrew cards , but this is my favorite

http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/ee358/deltaarnet/SCAN0017_zpspc9u5oht.jpg (http://s535.photobucket.com/user/deltaarnet/media/SCAN0017_zpspc9u5oht.jpg.html)

vtgmsc
02-13-2016, 02:44 PM
Only 2 known to exist. This one resides in my 1961 Fleer Hoops Signed set.

Down to only needing 12 signed cards out of the 66 card set. Currently the #1 signed 1961 Set on the PSA/DNA Registry!

Mike

221133

wolfdogg
02-13-2016, 03:00 PM
Saw a picture of one of these in a Baseball Cards Magazine in 1983 (I was 12). Dreamed of owning one. Dream became reality finally in 2009

Iron Horse
02-13-2016, 03:35 PM
A dream card which finally took center stage in 2014

Runscott
02-13-2016, 03:41 PM
I have already owned and sold my holy grail cards: Mino Wagner throwing and Goodwin Kelly. Someday I might be wealthy enough to reacquire them - the two-card Mino set of both Wagner poses, that is generally on ebay, would definitely be mine if I had the funds.

Runscott
02-13-2016, 03:43 PM
Although not very valuable, one of my favorites given to me as a kid and it takes me back to the good old real NFL days.
clark

To this day, I remember pulling Tarkenton from the year previous to this one. I bought the pack at a grocery store that was quite a distance from home, and I remember beaming from ear to ear all the way home. I was always a Tarkenton fan - very, very unique for his day.

jmb
02-13-2016, 05:46 PM
http://i.imgur.com/SRJNc8a.jpg

W :eek: W !! Awesome eye appeal.

Bicem
02-13-2016, 06:20 PM
Saw a picture of one of these in a Baseball Cards Magazine in 1983 (I was 12). Dreamed of owning one. Dream became reality finally in 2009

Now that was a good decision!

DaveW
02-13-2016, 06:29 PM
Just FYI - a second verified photo of Billy the Kid was found recently. Google Billy the Kid photo and you should be able to find an article about it. Some guy bought it in a Fresno shop for $2 and now it's worth millions.

As I have collected cards, historic newspapers, and other artifacts, the holy grail for me was to obtain a contemporary image of Billy The Kid while he was still alive. There is only one known photograph of him, so really this very rare woodcut form an 1881 issue of the Illustrated Police News is the only way to obtain my Grail. Note that it is the same image of the lone famous photo.

pariah1107
02-13-2016, 06:45 PM
One of the very few images of "the greatest athlete ever produced in the state of Washington", and African American labor leader Ernie Tanner (ca. 1905-07 Tacoma track):

http://i1074.photobucket.com/albums/w415/pariah1107/Tacoma%20Track%20Tanner%20ca.%201905-1908_zpsm8lrgylx.jpg

irv
02-13-2016, 06:47 PM
http://i.imgur.com/SRJNc8a.jpg

Very nice looking 3!!

My 52 Mantle is also my Prized possession. :)

Stonepony
02-13-2016, 06:50 PM
Just FYI - a second verified photo of Billy the Kid was found recently. Google Billy the Kid photo and you should be able to find an article about it. Some guy bought it in a Fresno shop for $2 and now it's worth millions.

I read a loooong maxazine article about this photo while burning time in Barnes n Nobel recently . Its veracity ( as to depicting the Kid) is very much in question. Interesting stuff, but not verified.

pencil1974
02-13-2016, 07:07 PM
These are mine. A toss up between them

TheBig6
02-13-2016, 11:28 PM
toss up
http://photos.imageevent.com/ruckers/hofcards/kelly3.jpghttp://photos.imageevent.com/ruckers/hofcards/keefe2.jpg

Rob L
02-14-2016, 12:48 AM
Leslie's woodcut. This one is awesome condition. This actual photo of it has been used in quite a few articles, including by John Thorn

prewarsports
02-14-2016, 01:12 AM
Love the Billy the Kid paper.

Just FYI, that "New Billy the Kid" photo you refer to is as much Billy the Kid as my high school senior picture. That photo will never stand the scrutiny of the public auction market and is just a ploy to try and draw attention to the owner and the National Geographic Channel. Photo is worth about $10 if described correctly "fuzzy picture of random dudes from the 1880's playing croquet".

V117collector
02-14-2016, 03:35 AM
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn269/Maple_Crispette_Set/Type%20Cards/e90-2wagner.jpg (http://s306.photobucket.com/user/Maple_Crispette_Set/media/Type%20Cards/e90-2wagner.jpg.html)

mrvster
02-14-2016, 07:20 AM
and great posts!! wow!!

I have to think about this one.....what's in my collection......I know of one....then a few good runner ups;).......will try to post later...

but my grail is an "A" 206 Wagz ......been dreaming of it since I was a kid:)

Duluth Eskimo
02-14-2016, 09:12 AM
I read a loooong maxazine article about this photo while burning time in Barnes n Nobel recently . Its veracity ( as to depicting the Kid) is very much in question. Interesting stuff, but not verified.

Have you seen the video / tv show on it? It's pretty convincing proof

clydepepper
02-14-2016, 09:26 AM
toss up
http://photos.imageevent.com/ruckers/hofcards/kelly3.jpghttp://photos.imageevent.com/ruckers/hofcards/keefe2.jpg

Jerry - Those are GREAT! Congrats!
.
.

3arod13
02-14-2016, 10:11 AM
Always been curious...when cards are just authenticated and not graded, do they still look for the card being trimmed or tampered with? I thought maybe this was only done if graded. Thanks!

dwightclarkJ
02-14-2016, 10:26 AM
Always one of my favorite

thetruthisoutthere
02-14-2016, 10:29 AM
Although not very valuable, one of my favorites given to me as a kid and it takes me back to the good old real NFL days.
clark

That card takes me back also...

The days of Fran Tarkenton, Homer Jones, etc.

Nice.

slidekellyslide
02-14-2016, 10:30 AM
Love the Billy the Kid paper.

Just FYI, that "New Billy the Kid" photo you refer to is as much Billy the Kid as my high school senior picture. That photo will never stand the scrutiny of the public auction market and is just a ploy to try and draw attention to the owner and the National Geographic Channel. Photo is worth about $10 if described correctly "fuzzy picture of random dudes from the 1880's playing croquet".

I thought the same thing when that news story broke last year.

dwightclarkJ
02-14-2016, 11:08 AM
Only 2 known to exist. This one resides in my 1961 Fleer Hoops Signed set.

Down to only needing 12 signed cards out of the 66 card set. Currently the #1 signed 1961 Set on the PSA/DNA Registry!

Mike

221133

amazing!

dwightclarkJ
02-14-2016, 11:22 AM
Only been on NET54 for the past month and haven't had an opportunity to see everyone's Holy Grail - Prize Possession - #1 Card. I don't collect early cards, but this was my prize possession - 1986 Michael Jordan Rookie Card PSA 9, which he signed in 1987. Bought it raw on Ebay for $650. Sent it to PSA. Sold it for $4,000. Let's see yours!

With a lot of cards graded 9 and 10 that are evidenced of being trimmed has this been a problem with MJ rookie cards? Not saying that this one is, just a general question. And may be a dumb question at that.
thanks
Clark

DaveW
02-14-2016, 12:10 PM
Love the Billy the Kid paper.

Just FYI, that "New Billy the Kid" photo you refer to is as much Billy the Kid as my high school senior picture. That photo will never stand the scrutiny of the public auction market and is just a ploy to try and draw attention to the owner and the National Geographic Channel. Photo is worth about $10 if described correctly "fuzzy picture of random dudes from the 1880's playing croquet".

I guess it's hard to positively identify somebody in an old grainy photo although we still try even here on Net54 (hey, maybe that's really Joe Jackson playing croquet!). We may never know who that really is until we get a positive ear match.:). Still, I enjoyed the TV special about it.

irv
02-14-2016, 12:16 PM
Always been curious...when cards are just authenticated and not graded, do they still look for the card being trimmed or tampered with? I thought maybe this was only done if graded. Thanks!

Good question. I am also curious how they determine a card to be genuine and not a fake using something other than card sizes, lettering, colors etc?

Stonepony
02-14-2016, 12:17 PM
Have you seen the video / tv show on it? It's pretty convincing proof

So was the Mermaids documentary on Animal Planet.

Dan Carson
02-14-2016, 12:24 PM
Mine is not a card but a photo.

http://i.imgur.com/YHAd9yK.jpg?2

Very nice!!

Exhibitman
02-14-2016, 12:32 PM
I bought this at a show in Anaheim from Mike Berkus. Encapsulated it many years later:

http://photos.imageevent.com/exhibitman/dropins/websize/1909-1911%20T206%20Johnson%20ready.jpg

I wanted a Groucho signed Bowman card but never thought I'd find one. I mean, what are the chances, right? Then I was surfing eBay one night [insomnia] and there it was. BIN:

http://photos.imageevent.com/exhibitman/comedians/websize/1953%20Bowman%20Marx%20autographed.jpg

begsu1013
02-14-2016, 12:51 PM
that groucho card is very cool!

Leon
02-14-2016, 12:57 PM
Here's mine:

Love Joe Jackson cards!!

Tony

btw, love those cards!!

HistoricNewspapers
02-14-2016, 01:05 PM
Love the Billy the Kid paper.

Just FYI, that "New Billy the Kid" photo you refer to is as much Billy the Kid as my high school senior picture. That photo will never stand the scrutiny of the public auction market and is just a ploy to try and draw attention to the owner and the National Geographic Channel. Photo is worth about $10 if described correctly "fuzzy picture of random dudes from the 1880's playing croquet".

Hi, sorry, wasn't referring to the 'new' photo :)

Just the photo that is known(same as the one in the paper).

Jim65
02-14-2016, 01:09 PM
My most prized possession is not a card but a 1987 Keith Hernandez game used jersey

packs
02-14-2016, 01:16 PM
Here's mine:

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m294/madjams/2c4e7de6-169b-4570-82c4-0e4ee4d1c808_zpsnbqe05rv.jpg

gnaz01
02-14-2016, 02:01 PM
Mathewson, currently in Chicago being restored.........

leaflover
02-14-2016, 02:15 PM
Had to have it!

gemmint77
02-14-2016, 02:21 PM
Amazing Mantle!!

Donscards
02-14-2016, 02:31 PM
Might as well show my Mickey

Bruinsfan94
02-14-2016, 02:35 PM
Might as well show my Mickey


Beautiful!

pawpawdiv9
02-14-2016, 02:44 PM
First thought about the family- as they are a prized possession, then i realized, you meant cards.

https://s.yimg.com/fz/api/res/1.2/QLeqR8A0lFVbBzD4uRj_.Q--/YXBwaWQ9c3JjaGRkO2g9MzgwO3E9OTU7dz02MTA-/http://cstrips.bitstrips.com/PWDT7_GXC3.png

So here is my #1 card, as expected by most post-war guys, generally the most expensive:
http://www.net54baseball.com/picture.php?albumid=732&pictureid=17295

Rookiemonster
02-14-2016, 03:37 PM
Willie Mays rookie ! Wanted this for a very long time

mcreel
02-14-2016, 03:54 PM
This is my Grail, it was a present from my wife for Christmas 2016. I am building the set.

HOF Auto Rookies
02-14-2016, 03:55 PM
This is my Grail, it was a present from my wife for Christmas 2016. I am building the set.


Wow!!! What a wife!! And card too, I guess ;)


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

JoeDfan
02-14-2016, 04:09 PM
As far as cards, it might be a tie. My Propagandas Montiel DiMaggio, or my US Army WWII post card.
Of anything in my collection, it might be my DiMaggio jersey that I just got.

Kenny Cole
02-14-2016, 04:23 PM
I vacillate between these four and a few others

martuzzi
02-14-2016, 04:36 PM
I've really gotten into the vintage hockey lately. Love the C56 set and this Taylor card. But I think I like this skateboard more. Took me over 10 years to finally find an original unused Tony Hawk that matched the one I got for Xmas 1985.


http://i1041.photobucket.com/albums/b413/martuzzi/1E8F802C-6EA0-4616-AB18-0B3D8E2D5D64-5989-000009E20D2E63A1_zpsmlygfndz.jpg (http://s1041.photobucket.com/user/martuzzi/media/1E8F802C-6EA0-4616-AB18-0B3D8E2D5D64-5989-000009E20D2E63A1_zpsmlygfndz.jpg.html)


http://i1041.photobucket.com/albums/b413/martuzzi/D893F125-7CDE-4050-9799-F8DDCC71A097-6603-000008B70A9DA55D_zpsdfc241e3.jpg (http://s1041.photobucket.com/user/martuzzi/media/D893F125-7CDE-4050-9799-F8DDCC71A097-6603-000008B70A9DA55D_zpsdfc241e3.jpg.html)





the whole 80's childhood thing:

christmas of '87. canseco card and a tony hawk skateboard w. slimeball wheels.

life was good!

still have my card and wish i still had the board too.

DaveW
02-14-2016, 04:49 PM
Now that is a cool skateboard!

majordanby
02-14-2016, 04:59 PM
ive dwindled my collection down over the years. once you do that, you realize the ones left standing are your holy grails

http://www.freewebs.com/majormajor/photos/HOF%20collection/mantle51-1.jpg

http://www.freewebs.com/majormajor/photos/T206%20collection/johnson.jpg

http://www.freewebs.com/majormajor/photos/HOF%20collection/robinson.jpg

ullmandds
02-14-2016, 05:01 PM
http://i.imgur.com/SRJNc8a.jpg

chris your mantle is extra special and I'd take your card and history over a 7 or 8.

majordanby
02-14-2016, 05:02 PM
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn269/Maple_Crispette_Set/Type%20Cards/e90-2wagner.jpg (http://s306.photobucket.com/user/Maple_Crispette_Set/media/Type%20Cards/e90-2wagner.jpg.html)

Brad - I had the chance to get that card at an REA auction nearly 10 years ago before its price started to really escalate. I remember staring at it in the wee hours of the morning thinking "should i bid on this?" I decided not to and went to bed. the price stayed put the next morning - i should have bid on it!

begsu1013
02-14-2016, 05:42 PM
http://i1041.photobucket.com/albums/b413/martuzzi/D893F125-7CDE-4050-9799-F8DDCC71A097-6603-000008B70A9DA55D_zpsdfc241e3.jpg (http://s1041.photobucket.com/user/martuzzi/media/D893F125-7CDE-4050-9799-F8DDCC71A097-6603-000008B70A9DA55D_zpsdfc241e3.jpg.html)

RADICAL!! ; )

that's the one! but mine was red.

i feel like going to watch gleaming the cube now!!

irv
02-14-2016, 05:59 PM
This is my Grail, it was a present from my wife for Christmas 2016. I am building the set.

Well, I would assume you have the most expensive card out of the way now at least?

Nice card,,, and wife, BTW :)

Bruinsfan94
02-14-2016, 06:09 PM
ive dwindled my collection down over the years. once you do that, you realize the ones left standing are your holy grails

http://www.freewebs.com/majormajor/photos/HOF%20collection/mantle51-1.jpg

http://www.freewebs.com/majormajor/photos/T206%20collection/johnson.jpg

http://www.freewebs.com/majormajor/photos/HOF%20collection/robinson.jpg

WOW! some of the nicest cards you will see in those grades! How is that Jackie only a three?

brian1961
02-14-2016, 06:31 PM
[QUOTE=martuzzi;1504187]I've really gotten into the vintage hockey lately. Love the C56 set and this Taylor card. But I think I like this skateboard more. Took me over 10 years to finally find an original unused Tony Hawk that matched the one I got for Xmas 1985.


http://i1041.photobucket.com/albums/b413/martuzzi/1E8F802C-6EA0-4616-AB18-0B3D8E2D5D64-5989-000009E20D2E63A1_zpsmlygfndz.jpg (http://s1041.photobucket.com/user/martuzzi/media/1E8F802C-6EA0-4616-AB18-0B3D8E2D5D64-5989-000009E20D2E63A1_zpsmlygfndz.jpg.html)

Martuzzi---Wow, your Cyclone Taylor is a gem. Bravo, my fellow collector warrior!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing that beauty with us.:D ---Brian Powell

pcoz
02-14-2016, 06:54 PM
Searched for this card for years and years, and all of a sudden a couple of Authentic's popped up, then this one. Glad to own one!

3arod13
02-14-2016, 06:58 PM
I'm not a collector of early cards, but I sure enjoy all the cards and photos you all have shared! Thanks!!

Jason Carota
02-14-2016, 07:31 PM
Not pre-war or a card, but until I land an N172 Collins (Lowell,) this is it, by far:


MLB Authentic Game Used Fenway Park 3rd base (May 9, 2011 - extra inning win for the Sox.)

http://www.ellisburkscollector.com/img/parks/fenway_gu_3rd_base.jpg

Mikehealer
02-14-2016, 08:00 PM
Great card Pete, just like all of yours seem to be.

almostdone
02-14-2016, 08:10 PM
This is my Grail, it was a present from my wife for Christmas 2016. I am building the set.

Wow Mike. Totally amazing card and what a gift from an amazing wife. She must come from quite a great family with a loving brother that spent countless hours finding this beautiful example for a great price.:D

Drew

Ps tell my sister and nephew Uncle Drew says hi!;)

pokerplyr80
02-14-2016, 08:19 PM
Mine was always the 52 Mantle. But I'm a big fan of the Gehrig rookie as well.

dwightclarkJ
02-14-2016, 08:23 PM
Just have to mention: Great thread! Thanks to Tony for starting.

pcoz
02-14-2016, 09:28 PM
Great cards everybody and thanks Mike!

begsu1013
02-14-2016, 09:43 PM
canseco and the hawk were my youngster grails.

tossing these out there for my adult grails as i just don't think i could narrow it down to 1:

http://caimages.collectors.com/psaimages/26029/31308982/51mantle3psadna.landscape.jpg

http://caimages.collectors.com/psaimages/26029/10663498/51mantleSGCa.jpg

just love this rose card:

http://caimages.collectors.com/psaimages/26029/23497999/71roseAfav.jpg

shernan30
02-15-2016, 06:05 AM
Some really great looking cards and memorabilia. I can only image what the rest of everyone's collections look like.

Here is my prized pre-war.
N173 Old Judge Buckenberger :D:D

http://www.net54baseball.com/picture.php?albumid=587&pictureid=18816

And..........I'm going to show off my prized post-war
National Treasure Flawless (diamond) 5/5 Ryan Murray Signed In Person

http://www.net54baseball.com/picture.php?albumid=587&pictureid=19905

OldEnglishD
02-15-2016, 07:13 AM
It's a beater, but one that I've had since I was about 10 years old. Had it encapsulated a year or so ago when I got back into cards. And no, I didn't circle the Winged Wheel!

Hmm, is a 2(mk) the same as 'Authentic'? I couldn't care less about the grade, I just wanted it protected.

Great thread! Best, Dave

3arod13
02-15-2016, 07:55 AM
It's a beater, but one that I've had since I was about 10 years old. I couldn't care less about the grade, I just wanted it protected. Great thread! Best, Dave

Dave, it may not be in the greatest shape, but your story...you can't put a price on that. Thanks for sharing!

packs
02-15-2016, 08:25 AM
My other grail:

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m294/madjams/1a961b6b-b51d-48d0-aa17-bf3270271786_zps4ccd86h7.jpg

StuckInOmaha
02-15-2016, 08:30 AM
but it must be out there somewhere ....

<a href="http://s150.photobucket.com/user/T206ster/media/rubber_stamp_zps4cwsovyl.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s81/T206ster/rubber_stamp_zps4cwsovyl.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo rubber_stamp_zps4cwsovyl.jpg"/></a>

Bpm0014
02-15-2016, 08:45 AM
Haha. Great one Ed.

rats60
02-15-2016, 08:51 AM
For the last 30 years it had been this:

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b127/rats60/Image%2045.jpg (http://s18.photobucket.com/user/rats60/media/Image%2045.jpg.html)




Now it is this:

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b127/rats60/Image%20496.jpg (http://s18.photobucket.com/user/rats60/media/Image%20496.jpg.html)

GregMitch34
02-15-2016, 09:20 AM
These are tied with about 5 other others but here you go--the cabinet is in an SGC 2.5 holder, the Allegheny is the only one in existence.
http://www.net54baseball.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=221365&stc=1&d=1455549538



http://www.net54baseball.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=221366&stc=1&d=1455549617

h2oya311
02-15-2016, 09:44 AM
4-way tie:

c1943 RPPC - Campanella
http://photos.imageevent.com/derekgranger/hofrookies1/websize/1943%20Campanella.jpg

1890's Perkins Studio Cabinet - Jennings
http://photos.imageevent.com/derekgranger/hofrookies1/websize/1890qus%20Jennings.jpg

1873 Warren Studio CDV - O'Rourke
http://photos.imageevent.com/derekgranger/hofrookies1/websize/1872%20OquRourke.jpg

1937 San Diego Padres Team PC - w/ Ted Williams
http://photos.imageevent.com/derekgranger/hofrookies1/websize/1937%20Williams_1311.jpg

DBesse27
02-15-2016, 09:54 AM
It's not pre war, but this is definitely my holy grail:

http://i1199.photobucket.com/albums/aa463/dbesse27/YAZ/cec63f1c-67a7-4117-aff4-721881460fd5.jpg

In 1967 my father, 16 at the time, peeled a bunch of Topps test issue Red Sox stickers and stuck them to the door between his parents' garage and dining room. I spent a lot of time at my grandparents' house in the 80's and the stickers were still there. I remember Reggie smith, petrocelli, Lonborg, a few others, but the one that stood out was Yaz.

Years later, I became a serious Yaz collector. Given the nostalgia factor and the scarcity, an intact copy of that sticker became my holy grail. I had a meager budget at the time and knew there was no way I could afford one.

Then in 2014 I was contacted on CU by a rabid Carlton Fisk collector. He had seen a rare Fisk proof I had posted and offered to buy it. I had been watching the sticker above on eBay, wishing I could afford it. I told the Fisk guy that if he could get the Yaz sticker, we could trade. He accepted and a (long) week later the sticker was in my hands.

It's a scarce issue of my favorite player, in a much nicer grade than I dreamed about, but more than that it's a reclaimed part of my father's childhood and a reminder of happy times with my grandparents. I would never part with this card.

Joshwesley
02-15-2016, 10:20 AM
My Joe Jackson strip card in my grail!

CW
02-15-2016, 11:01 AM
It's a scarce issue of my favorite player, in a much nicer grade than I dreamed about, but more than that it's a reclaimed part of my father's childhood and a reminder of happy times with my grandparents. I would never part with this card.

Good stuff! :cool:

jboosted92
02-15-2016, 11:20 AM
4-way tie:

C1943 rppc - campanella
http://photos.imageevent.com/derekgranger/hofrookies1/websize/1943%20campanella.jpg

1890's perkins studio cabinet - jennings
http://photos.imageevent.com/derekgranger/hofrookies1/websize/1890qus%20jennings.jpg

1873 warren studio cdv - o'rourke
http://photos.imageevent.com/derekgranger/hofrookies1/websize/1872%20oqurourke.jpg

1937 san diego padres team pc - w/ ted williams
http://photos.imageevent.com/derekgranger/hofrookies1/websize/1937%20williams_1311.jpg

great campy

glchen
02-15-2016, 12:36 PM
For the last 30 years it had been this:

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b127/rats60/Image%2045.jpg (http://s18.photobucket.com/user/rats60/media/Image%2045.jpg.html)




Now it is this:

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b127/rats60/Image%20496.jpg (http://s18.photobucket.com/user/rats60/media/Image%20496.jpg.html)

Holy cow, that's a nice Mantle! Great Plank also. Two really iconic cards.

A lot of great cards in this thread.

Republicaninmass
02-15-2016, 12:44 PM
WOW, great thread

Bliggity
02-15-2016, 01:43 PM
http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah316/dmblau/DiMaggio_zpsfe196129.jpg

ccre
02-15-2016, 02:23 PM
Definitely the favorite card in my collection. Love the colors.

ullmandds
02-15-2016, 02:27 PM
as many have said...i'm not sure i really have a "holy grail" in my collection...I have thinned my collection over the last 5 yrs or so to include only cards I "like"...so here are a bunch of cards I like!

grainsley
02-15-2016, 02:47 PM
Long story short: Over in OBC, Billy Hoeft was the inspiration for our Hall of Mediocrity. (Not a slam, these guys all made it to the bigs.) He fascinated me because of his multiple variation cards...I looked into his story, (quite a guy!) and started the Billy Hoeft Fan Club. For a long time there was just one member, me. His Son, Bill Jr., found the site while surfing his Dad's history, and emailed to find out what the Fan Club was all about. Some time long after, Bill Jr. emailed to ask if I would like to hook up with his Dad on the phone, they were having a family reunion. Well, almost three hours on the phone with Billy Hoeft. Got to ask him all kinds of stuff, and I think he enjoyed it every bit as much as I did. This card was sent to me by an OBC'er, one of the most generous people I have ever met in my life. It is a treasure to me.

benchod
02-15-2016, 02:53 PM
4-way tie:

c1943 RPPC - Campanella
http://photos.imageevent.com/derekgranger/hofrookies1/websize/1943%20Campanella.jpg

1890's Perkins Studio Cabinet - Jennings
http://photos.imageevent.com/derekgranger/hofrookies1/websize/1890qus%20Jennings.jpg

1873 Warren Studio CDV - O'Rourke
http://photos.imageevent.com/derekgranger/hofrookies1/websize/1872%20OquRourke.jpg

1937 San Diego Padres Team PC - w/ Ted Williams
http://photos.imageevent.com/derekgranger/hofrookies1/websize/1937%20Williams_1311.jpg

Nice foursome Derek!
That Jennings portrait was used for his alpha engraving card

baztacula
02-15-2016, 03:18 PM
I have two Baby Parkers now. Got them about a week apart.

nsaddict
02-15-2016, 03:59 PM
Great additions all. Grant, your post is highly regarded in my book! Thanks for sharing to everyone.

WillowGrove
02-15-2016, 04:34 PM
4-way tie:

c1943 RPPC - Campanella
http://photos.imageevent.com/derekgranger/hofrookies1/websize/1943%20Campanella.jpg



Derek, when you post that Campy I get happy. I miss the card but I'm happy it's in your collection and especially that you like it so much. -peter

h2oya311
02-15-2016, 04:43 PM
Derek, when you post that Campy I get happy. I miss the card but I'm happy it's in your collection and especially that you like it so much. -peter

I think about you every time I post it...eww!

AndrewJerome
02-15-2016, 04:44 PM
I couldn't pick one, so here are 4 of my favorites:

3arod13
02-15-2016, 05:43 PM
Definitely the favorite card in my collection. Love the colors.

I really do like this card!!!!

coolshemp
02-15-2016, 06:57 PM
Not the rarest card, but my favorite since my late mother bought it for me years ago when I was 15. I wouldn't sell or trade it for the world! We bought it raw, of course, but I had it graded around 2004.

http://s16.postimg.org/6v05hu3ep/img679_2.jpg

Plus, of course, my hero: Shemp
http://s18.postimg.org/rk8s7jw2d/img530_3.jpg

paul
02-15-2016, 11:51 PM
As a guy who collects one card of every Hall of Famer, my grail has to be this one. It's Hall of Famer Frank Selee's only card, and it's the only known example.

HOF Auto Rookies
02-15-2016, 11:57 PM
A very humbling thread. Love it! Keep them coming!


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71buc
02-16-2016, 03:00 AM
I never grow tired of this piece. I get chills every time I roll out across my living room floor. It reeks of a simpler time in my life pre cancer, pre mortgage, pre-parenthood, pre career. Back then only thing that mattered was my infatuation with the 1971 Pirates. They have always been my favorite team and Roberto Clemente my favorite player. I was eight that year and fell hard for baseball because of him and that group of players. I loved them all, Stargellís bat twirl, Blassí enthusiasm, Sanguillenís gap tooth grin, Dave Cashís fro, and the bad ass attitude of Doc Ellis. I still do. My favorite item in my collection is the 1971 National League Championship banner that hung in right field at Three Rivers Stadium during Game 3 of the 1971 World Series (see the screen captures below). For this Pirate fan to have the opportunity to own the actual 1971 National League Championship banner won by my all-time favorite team, that hung above my childhood hero, during my favorite world series...priceless.

3arod13
02-16-2016, 04:30 AM
I think I'm in big trouble. I have been collecting for over 40 years. Started out with sports cards, then collecting odd ball sports stuff, then collecting autographs. 10 years ago, I came across GameUsedUniverse and got hooked on collecting Game Used Memorabilia (my prize possessions are Alex Rodriguez 1st Career Grand Slam Bat GU PSA 9.5; a 2009 Alex Rodriguez Game Used Bat GU PSA 10 (photo matched to 17 games; 44 at bats; hit HR's #575 and #576)) given to me by Arod; and a 1997 Alex Rodriguez Game Used Fielding Glove). Now since starting this thread and seeing all the AWESOME older cards, photos, etc., has now got me thinking that I want to start collecting older cards. I'm in big trouble! :eek:

shernan30
02-16-2016, 05:16 AM
I never grow tired of this piece. I get chills every time I roll out across my living room floor. It reeks of a simpler time in my life pre cancer, pre mortgage, pre-parenthood, pre career. Back then only thing that mattered was my infatuation with the 1971 Pirates. They have always been my favorite team and Roberto Clemente my favorite player. I was eight that year and fell hard for baseball because of him and that group of players. I loved them all, Stargellís bat twirl, Blassí enthusiasm, Sanguillenís gap tooth grin, Dave Cashís fro, and the bad ass attitude of Doc Ellis. I still do. My favorite item in my collection is the 1971 National League Championship banner that hung in right field at Three Rivers Stadium during Game 3 of the 1971 World Series (see the screen captures below). For this Pirate fan to have the opportunity to own the actual 1971 National League Championship banner won by my all-time favorite team, that hung above my childhood hero, during my favorite world series...priceless.


What a piece of history, Mike. Knowing stuff like this is in the hands of true fans is awesome.


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Mark70Z
02-16-2016, 06:57 AM
Mike,

May have mentioned it before when you picked up the banner, but the '71 NL Championship banner is just an awesome piece of memorabilia. It makes it even better that it's in the hands of someone that truly enjoys the banner as well has that special attachment to it being your favorite team and Series. Doesn't get much better than that.

Thanks for sharing the pictures and footage, w/it pictured, of your grail item.

Leon
02-16-2016, 07:40 AM
Not necessarily my holy grail (it's my avatar) but this is possibly my favorite image on a baseball card...... I have seen 5s-7s I don't care for as much as this lowly 2.5...

btcarfagno
02-16-2016, 08:35 AM
I had been looking for this postcard for over two years. Then not only was I able to get a copy, but it is signed by the entire team as well. I was speechless.

Then later that same month I was able to get the original contract and the team signed foldout with Jimmie Foxx...nearly fell off my chair. All three of these in one month. They all beat anything I have gotten in my years of collecting AAGPBL items.

http://i792.photobucket.com/albums/yy203/collectiblesgains/collectiblesgains153/AAGPBL%201_zpsymuchowc.jpg

http://i792.photobucket.com/albums/yy203/collectiblesgains/collectiblesgains153/AAGPBL%202_zpsgjtoc7fg.jpg

http://i792.photobucket.com/albums/yy203/collectiblesgains/collectiblesgains160/AAGPBL%20Contract_zpsyo9kjlm4.jpg

http://i792.photobucket.com/albums/yy203/collectiblesgains/collectiblesgains159/1952%20Fort%20Wayne_zpswhd5smal.jpg

Tom C

3arod13
02-16-2016, 08:37 AM
I had been looking for this postcard for over two years. Then not only was I able to get a copy, but it is signed by the entire team as well. I was speechless.

Then later that same month I was able to get the original contract and the team signed foldout with Jimmie Foxx...nearly fell off my chair. All three of these in one month. They all beat anything I have gotten in my years of collecting AAGPBL items.

http://i792.photobucket.com/albums/yy203/collectiblesgains/collectiblesgains153/AAGPBL%201_zpsymuchowc.jpg

http://i792.photobucket.com/albums/yy203/collectiblesgains/collectiblesgains153/AAGPBL%202_zpsgjtoc7fg.jpg

http://i792.photobucket.com/albums/yy203/collectiblesgains/collectiblesgains160/AAGPBL%20Contract_zpsyo9kjlm4.jpg

http://i792.photobucket.com/albums/yy203/collectiblesgains/collectiblesgains159/1952%20Fort%20Wayne_zpswhd5smal.jpg

Tom C

This is awesome!

bnorth
02-16-2016, 09:11 AM
This is by far my most prized possession and has been for 25 years and I can't imagine that it will ever change. This is the only known Wade Boggs/Roger Clemens wrong back error pair. They are my all time favorite players and I collect error cards so having that combo on a wrong back pair is the ultimate for me.

Peter_Spaeth
02-16-2016, 09:14 AM
Not necessarily my holy grail (it's my avatar) but this is possibly my favorite image on a baseball card...... I have seen 5s-7s I don't care for as much as this lowly 2.5...

At least you didn't post the E90-1 Young again!! :D

Leon
02-16-2016, 09:20 AM
Some really kewl stuff, guys. I love the pieces that have the stories and so forth. I forgot but this could be my fave piece (not card) in my collection. It is the only fairly substantial item kept from Collection I. I didn't want to take it off my wall!! Every time I walk into my office I see it. It would have been more of an empty feeling than was already happening (which wasn't too bad actually) So it isn't a bad consolation...

tuckr1
02-16-2016, 09:30 AM
My Holy Grail and after 4 years, I finished the 1935 Chicle Set.



221501

scooter729
02-16-2016, 09:56 AM
Definitely my favorite item now - scroll signed by 180+ members of the American League in 1935. Allegedly hung in the locker room in Cleveland for all players to sign as they came through town, then was given to Indians manager Steve O'Neill for display....

WillowGrove
02-16-2016, 10:06 AM
I think about you every time I post it...eww!

Lol

Bpm0014
02-16-2016, 10:50 AM
Leon and Scott; awesome pieces!

vansaad
02-16-2016, 11:05 AM
http://i.imgur.com/PrYKG26.jpg

clydepepper
02-16-2016, 11:11 AM
My two holy grails (already shown - post #7) are very impressive, but I am jealous and in awe of all the great stories and details surrounding everyone else's choices. In my opinion, those kind of stories and details are what makes this hobby so special.

Thanks for sharing!
.
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Peter_Spaeth
02-16-2016, 11:35 AM
Not the most expensive card in the world, but one I looked for forever and was sure I would never find again after losing out on a PSA 5 in REA.

Cerberus
02-16-2016, 12:23 PM
Not my "holy grail" packs, but I doubt that I'll ever find some of the older, scarce tobacco packs, unopened:

Sean
02-16-2016, 12:42 PM
We've already had one Plank posted in this thread. Here's another:


221524

jcmtiger
02-16-2016, 02:21 PM
This was my Holy Grail, now at REA for the Spring 2016 auction.
1904 thru 1911 Detroit Baseball Club Financial Ledger. A few pages pictured.

Joe

ScottR81
02-16-2016, 03:20 PM
My Cubs Fav's

Spartan
02-16-2016, 03:21 PM
Not a 'holy grail', but one of my favorites. Have done more selling off than buying, unfortunately. And the way PSA grades Kashins, this could just as easily be a PSA 7 .... and I don't know why, but I love the Berk Ross Mays, yet still not really by any means a holy grail...

221542

221543

Bruinsfan94
02-16-2016, 03:45 PM
Some really kewl stuff, guys. I love the pieces that have the stories and so forth. I forgot but this could be my fave piece (not card) in my collection. It is the only fairly substantial item kept from Collection I. I didn't want to take it off my wall!! Every time I walk into my office I see it. It would have been more of an empty feeling than was already happening (which wasn't too bad actually) So it isn't a bad consolation...

Leon, what is that exactly? Haven't seen something like it before.

h2oya311
02-16-2016, 04:36 PM
This was my Holy Grail, now at REA for the Spring 2016 auction.
1904 thru 1911 Detroit Baseball Club Financial Ledger. A few pages pictured.

Joe

Wow! Pretty awesome! That's not my cup o' tea, but it is certainly a unique item! Good luck with the sale!

StuckInOmaha
02-16-2016, 04:49 PM
1904 thru 1911 Detroit Baseball Club Financial Ledger. A few pages pictured.

If I'm reading this correctly, Cobb was getting less than George Mullin and Stanage?

Bestdj777
02-16-2016, 09:18 PM
Here's mine. A 1959 Venezuelan:
http://i1345.photobucket.com/albums/p669/debonochris/680fbe44-ad61-4d20-97ef-2cb0aeb8d7a9_zps734c15c2.jpg

almostdone
02-16-2016, 09:27 PM
Not a holy grail n the same sence of the word but defiantly an original one of a kind and I love just looking at it and thinking about how it all came together. A few years ago I started doing through the mail autograph requests from former players. By far the nicest and one of the most gracious players was former Brooklyn Dogers pitcher Carl Erskine. He ne I actually ended up writing back and forth a number of times.i decided to put together a custom piece featuring one of his greatest accomplishments. In the 1953 World Series he set a record by striking out 14 Yankees in one game (since been broken).
I sent him a photo of him pitching which he signed with the record breaking inscription. Then he listed the names of each strikeout victim in order across the top. I ended up matting the photo with a ticket stub to the game as well as a 1961 Nu Scoops card describing the accomplishment and a index card which he deceived the toughest strikeout that day.
It doesn't have a ton of monetary value like so many items posted here but I know it is 100% unique and it's hanging in my room making it 100% mine.
Thanks for reading. Enjoy.
Drew

dclarkraiders
02-16-2016, 09:36 PM
Not a holy grail n the same sence of the word but defiantly an original one of a kind and I love just looking at it and thinking about how it all came together. A few years ago I started doing through the mail autograph requests from former players. By far the nicest and one of the most gracious players was former Brooklyn Dogers pitcher Carl Erskine. He ne I actually ended up writing back and forth a number of times.i decided to put together a custom piece featuring one of his greatest accomplishments. In the 1953 World Series he set a record by striking out 14 Yankees in one game (since been broken).
I sent him a photo of him pitching which he signed with the record breaking inscription. Then he listed the names of each strikeout victim in order across the top. I ended up matting the photo with a ticket stub to the game as well as a 1961 Nu Scoops card describing the accomplishment and a index card which he deceived the toughest strikeout that day.
It doesn't have a ton of monetary value like so many items posted here but I know it is 100% unique and it's hanging in my room making it 100% mine.
Thanks for reading. Enjoy.
Drew
Very nice piece. Thanks for sharing the story.

Duane Clark

jcmtiger
02-16-2016, 10:04 PM
If I'm reading this correctly, Cobb was getting less than George Mullin and Stanage?

Yes 4 players were being paid more than Cobb.. This was at the beginning of his career that started in Summer of 1905.

Joe

DBesse27
02-16-2016, 10:22 PM
So much great stuff! Amazing that such a die hard fan of the 71 pirates and Clemente would own the banner that hung above roberto's head during that postseason! Also love the Erskine piece, because of the pen pal friendship it resulted from. Really outstanding, guys!

pokerplyr80
02-16-2016, 10:25 PM
Not necessarily my holy grail (it's my avatar) but this is possibly my favorite image on a baseball card...... I have seen 5s-7s I don't care for as much as this lowly 2.5...

Awesome card, and looks great for the grade. That is also one of my favorite images in the hobby, right up there with the N162 Anson and 53 Bowman Reese.

Fred
02-16-2016, 10:37 PM
Holy crap Joe, that ledger is the kind of stuff that makes collecting fun.

bobfreedman
02-16-2016, 11:15 PM
I could not pick just one so here are my four Holy Grail items and that was difficult

Blunder19
02-17-2016, 01:28 AM
the only 1 in the world...

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg309/blunder19/BL460%20Cobb_zpsfmvd3thv.jpg (http://s251.photobucket.com/user/blunder19/media/BL460%20Cobb_zpsfmvd3thv.jpg.html)
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg309/blunder19/CobbBL460_zpsa28ce8af.jpg (http://s251.photobucket.com/user/blunder19/media/CobbBL460_zpsa28ce8af.jpg.html)

Joshwesley
02-17-2016, 11:48 AM
That BL Cobb

:eek:

brianp-beme
02-17-2016, 12:58 PM
This card was part of the group of my first 5 vintage cards, and will be with me to the end. After 35 years, it still informs me on what I love about collecting what I do, and instilled in me the willingness to see flaws as something that can add to the appeal of a card.

Brian

Fastball
02-17-2016, 01:03 PM
Former Holy Grail...I sure do miss him...

Bpm0014
02-17-2016, 01:57 PM
The Detroit financial ledger.... WOW!

WillowGrove
02-17-2016, 02:46 PM
I love that ledger too. Good luck with your sale.

I have to consider this my holy grail. My dad bought me this Sliding Billy Hamilton at a big auction in roughly 1993. He knew I loved the card and he actually surprised me with it. It didn't grade high but who cares. Luv it. Thanks for looking.

egri
02-17-2016, 03:19 PM
http://i592.photobucket.com/albums/tt10/smarcus2/july%20group%20picture%20cropped_zps2apjlss3.jpg

My progress as of last July on the 1953 Topps project. I really need to update the picture, but it's a bit of a challenge getting them all to fit in one shot. I was able to get a little over 40 of them by writing to the players, which is pretty good for a set that was 61 years old when I started.

Republicaninmass
02-17-2016, 03:32 PM
Nice work Scott, keep on plugging away!


Amazing stuff so far!

h2oya311
02-17-2016, 04:21 PM
I love that ledger too. Good luck with your sale.

I have to consider this my holy grail. My dad bought me this Sliding Billy Hamilton at a big auction in roughly 1993. He knew I loved the card and he actually surprised me with it. It didn't grade high but who cares. Luv it. Thanks for looking.

simply stunning!

MVSNYC
02-17-2016, 09:18 PM
Circa 1956 Mantle Game Used Bat.

CW
02-17-2016, 10:52 PM
My Cubs Fav's

Amazing displays!

Circa 1956 Mantle Game Used Bat.

Museum worthy!

SAllen2556
02-18-2016, 11:58 AM
I have two I'd never sell. Neither have a ton of monetary value, but to me...priceless!
My grandfather was a photographer for the Detroit News. This hung in his basement until I inherited it. This is an original News photo of the '35 Tigers taken by William Keunzel.

http://i811.photobucket.com/albums/zz32/sallen2556/193520tigers_zpsi3q5s7ss.jpg

My dad was a photographer for the Free Press and got to go to the annual Tiger party around 1977. He walked around with a notepad and got a whole bunch of autographs personalized to me. You can imagine being 12 years old and waking up to see this on the kitchen table! Unfortunately, Ralph was very wrong!

http://i811.photobucket.com/albums/zz32/sallen2556/d09c497b-97e9-46ff-8ab3-8a4beaa4c2c8_zpsia93tllr.jpg

atx840
02-18-2016, 12:11 PM
Amazing pieces everyone, neat to see the diversity in what people consider their #1s.

Jamie that BL is insane, its definitely in the right collection.

GoCubsGo32
02-18-2016, 03:45 PM
This is the original plaque that belonged to the "Cannon Trophy" (college football rivalry trophy between Purdue University and University of Illinois). This plaque has been on the rivalry trophy since the first year they started the tradition in 1943. As you can see, the plaque is filled and both universities agree to start a new plaque.I was very fortunate to find the opportunity to owning this piece of history. As a second generation Purdue Alum. it's priceless to me.


The plaque:
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l219/scamehorn32/CannonTrophyPlaque-c_zpseace4bac.jpg

The Cannon Trophy in Purdue's possession (after winning the rivalry game 2014) before removing the plaque.
http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l219/scamehorn32/BzHKVXlIMAEFpVnjpglarge_zps6c97d070.jpg

keating3620
02-19-2016, 09:38 AM
Paid extra to complete my diamond stars set in PSA5 but it was worth it.

bluespruce
02-19-2016, 10:05 AM
Great thread!

I'm mostly a schedule collector, and this is my collection's holy grail - Princeton football schedule from Hobey Baker's senior season.

(I'd love to complement it someday with a Baker-era hockey schedule from Princeton, but have never seen one.)

I acquired this one as part of a lot of ~15 older Ivy League schedules I purchased a year or two ago. The seller had told me he had a few to sell, but no other details. He then emailed me scans of what he had available, and the very first photo I saw was this schedule. I almost fell off my chair!