"A card you spent more than $10 to get." One of the things about card collecting that I enjoy is that is not hard to get a lot of cards for a little bit. Ever since I got back in the hobby and found dime boxes at the flea market, I resolved not to spend more than a dime for any one card. And often with my big Craigslist and garage sale hauls I have often gotten good cards for well under a penny each.
In fact right now with people doing spring cleaning I guess, there has been a lot of activity on CL. Right now I am working on:
- 500 free cards, probably all junk wax commons. I'm calling the guy later today, hopefully picking them up today. I'll go through them on the subway but might give them away or throw most of them out before I get home rather than adding them to the stuff I have to sort as they're virtually untradeable anyway.. (If anyone wants me to look out for them in the 88-95 commons range let me know!)
- "Complete fleer sets from 1983 to 2003". Trying to pin the guy down on what sets he means exactly. Don't even know what price he is going for. I only pull the trigger if it's a really good deal so most of the time I get shot down which is fine.
- Huge box of early-mid 1970s cards for $20. The guy has another buyer but if they don't show up I'm next. I don't ordinarily collect vintage (due to price) but this is too good to pass up. Cards in the box include a Dave Winfield rookie and a Hank Aaron 1972 Topps. That alone would be $20 I would think.
So what is the most I have spent on a single card? I think I can guess. Back when I first got back in the hobby in my early 20s a friend of mine had some cards he wasn't interested anymore. We agreed to use Beckett values for the cards I needed so he would get a fair price - I didn't want to nickel-and-dime my friend. I think the most expensive was this Bernie Williams rookie, probably a dollar or two in the Beckett book at the time.
#653 - Mark Brouhard
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