My first purchase was my biggest. I went straight for my personal “white whale”. A card I have coveted since I saw a picture of it in a hobby book as a child. A card I have never actually seen in person before. The greatest card in the history of the hobby! It is card #8 from the 1948 Leaf set of Satchel Paige.
Since this card is so far out of my price range I have no idea how much it should be, but I thought it would be appropriate for it to be the most expensive card from my shopping spree. I dropped $11,500.00 on this, but did get it shipped for free. In my dreams this card would have been a PSA 8 or 9, but today I will settle for a PSA 7. This is the earliest card of Satch that I know to exist, which I suppose would make it his rookie card, which is even more funny (and sad really) because he was 41 and a 20-year vet when this card was printed. I stuck with 1948 Leaf for the next card, too. This is another card that I have always coveted, but have never seen in person. I spent $3,700.00 on this PSA 8 Jackie Robinson from ’48 Leaf. Considering what I spent on the Paige, this seemed like a major bargain for the “rookie” card of the 1947 Rookie of the Year.
I was able to nab those two cards very quickly and at this point I was still on my game plan. I was going in order of the cards I had most coveted throughout my lifetime. The natural third on that list is a 1955 Roberto Clemente. This card was more complicated to search for as there are many more ’54 Topps cards out there as opposed to ’48 Leaf. More options take more time. I found the perfect card pretty quick though.
Here it is a PSA 8 Clemente rookie. A beautiful card, but I wasn’t prepared to spend $5,950. for a card from the 50s. It’s funny how serious I got about spending imaginary money. I wasted a minute looking for this and didn’t make the buy. Before my time is up I WILL get myself a Clemente rookie, but for about half that price, I hope. I will go back to this one later... With less than 13 minutes left I had just 2 cards in my cart and had spent $15,200. I wasted a little time without a purchase, but stayed on course and moved on to a 1954 Hank Aaron. My game plan was to find the highest grade I could for less than $4,000. I quickly settled on this PSA 7 for $2,400. I was a little bummed to not find a PSA 8, but I was happy with the cost. What I wasn’t happy with was that this seller charged shipping. I thought it was an unwritten rule that cards over 500 bucks shipped for free. Not only did this seller charge for shipping, he/she charged 20 bucks! What? Had this been reality that would have been a deal breaker. For the sake of this exercise the time wasted wasn’t worth $20.00 so I left it in my imaginary shopping cart. I wanted to make sure that I got some 1887 Ginter Champions as part of the deal. These 2 purchases went quick. I knew exactly which 2 cards I wanted and roughly what they should cost. I seriously do plan on someday buying these and finishing this set, probably in about 50 years, but someday. Anyway, I called up this ’87 Ginter card of Mike “King” Kelly, a PSA 4 for $1199 and then this PSA 1.5 of Cap Anson for $1,799. I wanted to stick between 3 and 5 on the grade for my Ginter set, but this 1.5 of Cap had most of its damage to the back and I have seen plenty of higher grade Anson’s priced much higher. One of my favorite “free time” searches is keyword “1887 Ginter”. I don’t know if they ever sell, but PSA 7’s are generally priced from 7,000 to 20,000 of Anson. I wanted the card, but I didn’t want it to be my main purchase, so I was stoked with a 1.5 for under 2K. At this point I swung at 6 cards, missed one and “purchased” 5 cards. I also burned up 7 minutes and only spent $20,618.00 (including 20 bucks for shipping which I wasn’t happy about). I have 8 minutes left to go and a long list of cards I am hunting for. Stay tuned for the remainder of my shopping spree, the sweat is dripping, but the collection is looking GREAT. I have $29,382.00 left to spend, do you think I can do it? How well do you guys know me? I smell a challenge and a contest... Comment here with the answer to 2 questions. One, will I spend it all and two, pick at least one card I will buy. Year and player would be fine. Whomever gets the most cards right wins a choice of some "hits" I still have. A choice of 5 different relics or you can choose one of my dupes from '65 Topps. I will have the rest of my cart posted soon, so get on it! Go Rays! Troll out.