2012 National Sports Collectors Convention
8-4-2012 Day 4:
The week is shaping up. It's been just an amazing experience. Day four was the most expensive day for me. The reason being is that I secured one of the three cards that was discussed in my Day Three entry, and bought an autograph ticket and submission fee for authentication. In the Day Three post, I shared my desire to purchase at least one of the following cards:
- Signed copy of the 1954 Topps Al Kaline RC
- Signed copy of the 1955 Topps Harmon Killebrew RC
- Signed copy of the 1981 Rochester Minor League Cal Ripken
I asked you to help me decide which card to purchase, and thank you all for submitting your comments. I went with my instincts and purchased the '81 Ripken. After I paid, I immediately brought it over to the PSA booth and submitted the card for signature authentication and card grading. This would give me a red flip. I went this route because not only did I want to ensure that the autograph was authentic but I also wanted to make sure the card itself was authentic. Due to the busy schedule, I took a quick and dirty picture of the card. Pardon the ML sticker that's added to all PSA graded card slabs, and my watermark. It's 2a as I write this; I'll get a better pic up in a future post.
I am extremely pleased with my Ripken purchase. It ranks in the Top 5 list of non-Thomas cards in my collection.
Prior to my visit to the National, people would always tell me that I'd see things I've never seen before. I used to doubt that as a possibility. And again, I am shocked...
One dealer had binders of autographed cards organized by brand and year. Personally, I don't think the guy took me seriously until I started pulling out one card after another from those binders. I pulled a nice little short stack of classic underrated RC's.
Why is Gregg Jefferies holding the bat like that!? I have to believe that that pose is a joke. The '64 Tommy John and the Don Baylor that you see above didn't come out of those binders but I figured they would make a nice addition to this segment. I am also aware that that's not Harmon Killebrew's RC but I just love that '74 card so I had to have it. The '71 Tommy John also isn't an RC but I purchased it because it was a card that I used to have as a small boy and it reminds me of my early days. The '71 Topps John was my first vintage card as a young collectors, and one of my first exposures to vintage cards.
Here's one I thought was just fantastic:
I purchased my autograph ticket, had my 1978 Topps Eddie Murray OPC RC signed by Mr. Murray, and sub'd it to PSA. If all goes well, and I am able to pick it up tomorrow, I will post a scan of that card in my Day 5 entry. I'm really excited that I got this card signed. Speaking of subbing cards to PSA, I am thinking about subbing all of the AU cards that I purchased this week. We'll see what I do with that idea.
Scavenger Hunt update. I am now 13/18. I purchased the 1989 Fleer Bill Ripken for a few bucks. See above. Let's have a look at the list so far.
- Baseball player holding non-baseball sporting equipment
- Cheapest, oldest card (any sport)
- Best facial hair (any sport)
- The fattest baseball player
- Player with funkiest non-uniform clothing
- Player wearing hat backwards (can't be Griffey, and can't be a catcher)
- Player holding a broken bat
- Pitcher in the batting position (at the plate)
- Best card purchased for under $1 (Derek's discretion)
- Older player (must be active, and can't be a manager; any sport)
- Any 1998 Ryan Leaf RC
- Any 1989 Fleer Bill Ripken Obscenity card (black box included)
- 1987 Topps #18 Dick Howser card
- Any card that is serial numbered first or last in the print run (ex. 001/250 or 250/250)
- Any card showing a star Quarterback getting sacked
- Any card showing an obscene gesture (not Bill Ripken)
- 1990 Leaf Kevin Maas RC
- Any Howard Johnson card from the 1980's
Something tells me that this is as far into the list that I'm going to get. I have looked at 100's of thousands of cards while I have been at the show. I sometimes feel that I may have even viewed over a million cards at this show. I really don't know. No matter, I am hard pressed to believe that I'm going to find the remaining five cards on this list. I was looking for a Jaime Moyer to accomplish the Oldest Player feat but I don't think he's active anymore. We'll see though; I still have one more day.