Thursday, May 10, 2012
The new oldest card in my collection
Previously, the oldest card in my collection was a 1951 Topps Jerry Coleman that I had signed for my Topps Yankees Project. However, I recently replaced that card with an even older one – 1950 Bowman Frank “Spec” Shea.
I won this card on eBay for $1.67 delivered, or about half the cost of a pack of Heritage or $.25 less than a pack of 2012 Topps. When you put it like that, it sounds like an absolute steal. Adding a sweet vintage card, or get six or eight current cards? I think a lot of us would take the vintage any time.
Sure it has a lot of creases, but the coloring is really sharp. The cardstock is great and even has a nice cardboardy smell. The back has a nice little description and no stats, although they didn’t quite know what they were doing when it came to card backs in 1950.
What about you? If you had $2, would you rather pick up a piece of vintage like this? Or roll the dice on a current pack, like 2012 Topps?