BV: $15.00 (for commons)
Condition: PR 1.0 (worth 5% BV)
Completion: 1 of 250
Comments: This was the first 1954 Topps card I ever owned. I can't remember exactly what I paid for it, but it certainly couldn't have been much more than 50 cents considering the strict baseball card budget I had as a college student after serving in the military. I've always liked the '54 set, but as a budget-minded collector, I never really believed that starting a collection of 54's was actually feasible. For one thing, the values listed in Beckett are astronomically outrageous. I hadn't yet adjusted to paying more than $1 for a common card until I started working on the 1972 high-series set. I also didn't realize that I could find many of these cards for under 10% BV if I collected them in PR, FR, and GD condition. In addition, the larger card size just didn't seem to fit in with the rest of my "book" collection, until I discovered 8-pocket pages. Lastly, I didn't know where to begin since most of the common players were unfamiliar to me. That all began to change a couple of years ago when I discovered a large used book for $10 showing every Topps card ever produced between 1951-1985 (a newer one that goes up to 1990 also exists). I now use this book as a type of checklist to do all of my research, budgeting, planning, and strategizing. After purchasing the complete '54 reprint set, I was soon ready to begin replacing some of those reprints with original cards. To date, I have acquired about 30 original cards from the '54 set--and it all started with #243.