Saturday, July 31, 2021

Sacrifice Offering of '51-'53 Topps and Bowman Reprints

 I recently disposed of some of my replaced reprints.  This process began back in January 2018 when I had to move cross country from a 3000 SF home with a 5 car garage on 5 acres to a 1200 SF home with a 1 car garage on no acres.  Out of desperation, I burned nearly 100,000 card including near complete sets from 1978-1979, complete sets from 1980-1992, and unopened material from 1986-1991.  In that pile included rookie cards of Eddie Murray, Ozzie Smith, Rickey Henderson, Cal Ripken, Ryne Sandberg, Wade Boggs, Tony Gwynn, Don Mattingly, Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, etc.  Ever since that fateful week, I continued the tradition of purging my excess cards.  Reprints don't sell very well individually despite some of the higher set prices.  For my 52T reprint set, I paid about $100.  The 53T reprint set probably cost about $20.  The 51B and 52B reprint sets were about $50 each.  I don't remember what my 53B reprint sets cost, but were probably around $30-$40 for the color and b&w series put together.  I used to list these cards for $1+$0.99 shipping each with options to combine shipping for multiple purchases, but as I continued to stack 800 ct. boxes full of extra reprints, I got tired and began burning them.  With all of the early Topps and Bowmans I've been acquiring lately, there'll probably be another burnt offering coming soon.


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