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Old 11-24-2021, 09:10 PM
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Default I finally caught up... (My '57 Topps BB Ted Williams)

So this was about 10 years ago. Was at the once/ yr national dealer show in Pittsburgh at Robert Morris college, about 200 tables. Was working 60 hours+/6 days a week at the post office nearby and had a chance to swing by the show early Sunday morning before I started work. My favorite set is '57 BB, I would typically balk at dealer raw prices anywhere near Beckett nm book value which at that time was still a factor. At these shows, I typically bought one or two "big" cards which for me were around $200-$300/ea. and another couple hundred on singles $1-50/ea. with a few to flip on eBay (high numbers, etc.).

Well, having struck out on the getting a big card a '64 Clemente PSA 8. I passed on it for like $350, now $1300. I saw comps on eBay for like $300 and this PSA 8 Clemente waa a litte o/c. Screw that, not paying extra just cause I'm at a show, was my thinking.... then, I passed by a table towards the exit as I was leaving without my big purchase yet and there was a fresh stack of raw '57 stars. Looking at my watch, I didn't have much time to dabble as work started in about an hour. But I flipped through the stack and the dealer mentioned "just bought this raw lot from a long time collector" kinda thing. Well, out jumped this beautifully centered Ted Williiams. I forget the sticker price but he was firm at $300 which for me was very high for a raw card with light corner wear. That said, I had to have this card and at a 6 or possible 7 would break even or so. ,

So I race to work pretty excited with my last pick-up. As I pulled into the parking garage at the large po distribution center, and gearing up for a long work day, I turned on my interior car lights to take a closer inspection of my big newest big pick-up and *BAM* there I see four or five noticeable "cat scratch" marks/gouges in the card. Man my heart sunk/boy was I floored. I just paid $300 for a $100 card, and I really wanted this one for the PC. So I went to work pretty discouraged/feeling I wasted my time and now had to report for this dead-end job. I did eventually submit the card, and somehow hung onto it over the years. 10 years later as I re-upped my VCP account, the value has finally caught up with my over-priced original purchase....

The point of this story is that for every failure if you are patient and learn from your mistakes it will all work out in the end....
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Old 11-24-2021, 09:13 PM
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Nice card and great story.

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Old 11-24-2021, 09:24 PM
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That is a great card and man that thing has serious “eye appeal”

Great story!! Many of my life successes came from life experiences that were failures!!!
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Old 11-24-2021, 11:23 PM
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Love that card, and I have a personal story about an example as well, so it's dear to me.

Yours certainly looks like a blazer! Glad the value caught up...been there...
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cool story
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Old 11-29-2021, 02:02 PM
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That is one fantastic example of eye appeal for the grade.
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Old 11-29-2021, 04:31 PM
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Great story Patrick -- and I don't care what the flip says -- that's a beautiful card. Scott
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That's a great card and a great story.
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Old 11-30-2021, 08:31 PM
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Thanks everyone, yeah I hope I didn't focus too much on the $ aspect, the card is nice looking regardless of the grade. However, if I can "break even" and even daresay win on deals that leaves me more $ for more cards
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