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Old 09-13-2017, 07:31 PM
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Absolutely. I really dislike having a 99.2% completion rate on a set. In difficult sets that I might be trying to complete in a 7 or 8 grade, I'll often add 5's or 6's to fill them out. Lately I've been adding high end 5.5's to finish my 1953 Bowman Color Baseball set.
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Most cards in my collection are placeholders as I upgrade constantly. After all these years some of my sets are actually a pretty nice VG
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Most cards in my collection are placeholders as I upgrade constantly. After all these years some of my sets are actually a pretty nice VG
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..some years over fifty per cent of my collecting purchases are just to upgrade a 'placeholder'.......but by then it's so hard to say goodbye to an old friend that I often wind up with a lot of 'doubles' unless I get a really really sincere ( read : "whiney") PM from a fellow set-chaser...

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Without placeholders there would be no field goals. And typically when I am within range I go for 3 points instead of the end zone.

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I know some people who have used that philosophy with wives

And as with cards, usually not the best move fiscally.
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E137-Zeenut Patterson, Ham (torn) F+B.jpg desperate after years of searching

E137-Zeenut Patterson, Ham F+B.jpg Two weeks later found this
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Allow me to explain the question.

You're trying to complete a set or a run, and you've been searching a long time for an elusive card to no avail. Then one pops up, but it's not at the grade or quality with which you know you'll be happy over the long term. But, you buy it anyway just to fill the gap until a better one comes along, at which time you liquidate the placeholder.

Given the transaction costs, it's not always a fiscally responsible practice, but does the need to fill a gap ever win out?
Never. You'll take a loss, and probably a substantial one.
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All the time - and plenty of times, I've actually sold T206 placeholders for more than what I paid initially.
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Along those lines since I like my cards in albums I have actually purchased some Goudey Ruth reprints for the pages since my very low grade Ruths are PSA graded.
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Never. You'll take a loss, and probably a substantial one.
likely true! and then a short time later...numerous examples will pop up!

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