Well, I did it. Stuck to my guns and finally found a 53B card for under 10% BV. This 53B #27 Bob Lemon HOF card was purchased today for $15.00 + $1.05 S&H = $16.05. The card has a $175 BV, so total costs were just over 9% BV. Now the handwritten tag on the photo says it has a $135 BV, which is incorrect. I use the "unreliable" Beckett values, which are consistently "wrong" and never updated. This Hall of Famer addition brings my 53B set to 201 of 224 total cards for just under 90% completion.
Saturday, June 26, 2021
Monday, June 14, 2021
If you grew up collecting baseball cards in the '80's like me, you probably weren't as familiar with dealing with the high-number scarcities prevalent in the '50s-'60s cards. High-number scarcity ended with the 1973 Topps set. Years later, collectors that didn't remember collecting in the pre-1974 era going to be as willing to pay the extravagant prices that were once demanded from sellers. Finding vintage high numbers at 5%-10% BV was relatively simple from 2000-2015, but things have changed. Topps came up with a genius idea to infuse high-number scarcity back into the modern sets in the 2000's. Now modern collectors understand the concept, and with vintage card pricing sky-rocketing these days, finding already overpriced high-numbers for under 25% BV has become tough.
Five years ago, I was hesitant to purchase 63T high-number commons for even 10% BV at $2.50 each. Good luck finding them for $5.00 today. Well, today I found a 63T #544 Rusty Staub RC for $17 + $1.19 tax = $18.19 and decided to make the move on a newly listed 'Buy it Now' auction. It's a $50 BV card, so my goal has always been to buy it for under $10. I've come close plenty of times, but Rookie Star cards from the 63T set have always come at a slight premium. I saw another Rusty Staub RC going for $10.50 with a few bidders on it and a couple of days left, so I decided not to risk it. That card ended up going for $31 plus tax and shipping. No I don't think that this card was worth 36% BV, but since I'm now only 33 cards from completing the set, every card addition really adds to the power of the set. If I can get it down to missing only the the Pete Rose RC, I think this set will become very marketable.
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Friday, June 11, 2021
It's been a long time since I've posted a new 64T card. I found this overpriced card for 53% BV. That's $4.99 + $0.35 tax = $5.34 out of $10.00 BV. I should have been able to find this card for about $1-$2, but that's the boom market that we're in right now. The importance of this acquisition is that it bring my 64T set up to 580 out of 587 cards. The missing cards (471, 477, 481, 482, 512, 514, 541) are mostly commons with an $80 P.Niekro RC thrown in there. It's like the late -80s all over again where sellers start at BV and go up from there. This 53% BV Virdon is probably supposed to be a deal, but I know better than that. When we start getting back to cards starting at BV in lower grades and going up from there, we're in danger. Of course, Beckett hasn't changed their 20th-century pricing since Y2K, but this recent boom is something else--or is it?
Saturday, June 5, 2021
Thursday, June 3, 2021
As I continue acquiring more and more cards from the 63T set, 61T is starting to get left behind in the dust. At one point, I was so far behind with the 63T set that I thought for sure it would continue to would far behind the rest of the 60's decade collection in my set building efforts. Now missing only 38 cards, 63T (93.4%) has just moved passed 61T (93.3%), which is missing 39 cards. Yes, it's official. Except for #537 Pete Rose RC, and maybe #553 Willie Stargell RC, collecting the rest of the 63T set shouldn't be a big issue if this "Boom Era" ever returns back to normal.