This card arrived earlier this week after my eBay best offer was counteroffered at $27. I was hoping to pick it up for under $25 but how could I quibble over $2. After all, it's a 54-year-old of MICKEY MANTLE.
I'm lucky to own more than a few Mantle's in poor condition. This one's right up there with the worst.
But did I pay too much?
I usually don't pay more than a few dollars for poor old baseball cards but when they're of the game's greats I don't mind shelling out a few more dollars. I figure the superstars will always hold their value, no matter the condition.
So again I ask: Would you pay $27 for an original 1959 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball card with a few creases?
About a week ago, while searching eBay for Poor Old Baseball Cards, I saw a 1940 Playball Joe DiMaggio that was in horrible shape. It had a low starting bid and a few days before the auction ended.
So I waited. And waited. And waited. On the final day, the price was still low. Somewhere around $10 if I recall.
I knew there was no way it would go for anywhere close to $10 and I had to get to work so I can earn money to buy all these POBCs. I put in my best bid. It was more than I wanted to bid, but I typed it in ... $110.
I was not a winner. The card ended up selling for $132. More than I was willing to spend.
I never thought "Joltin Joe" would ever be a part of my collection. He didn't appear in very many issues after all.
A new search revealed this card. Produced by Michael Pressner Company of New York in 1943, it was a card of DiMaggio during his playing days. It was also produced during World War II.
I wanted it. It was old. It had rounded corners and deep creases. It had writing. It was perfect.
By the way, that's a "CF" written in blue ink: Center field. That's
the position Dimaggio played. But you woldn't know it by looking at the
card's reverse. It lists him as a rightfielder.
While on eBay last week, this card got mixed up in my usual search for baseball cards. And while Hugh Taylor is not wearing a glove or swinging a bat, I still think it's an AWESOME card.
I've tried collecting poor old football cards, but it's just not my thing. Even so, this card is more than worthy to be included here.
First off, it's trashed. Deep, deep creases scuffs and severely rounded corners make this card a beauty. Rich color and a classic uniform only add to it's greatness. By the way is that a leather helmet he's wearing. Sweet!
As for Taylor: he once held a record for gaining 212 yards receiving in his first game as a pro and first game of the season. He was also a two-time Pro Bowler and even served as the Houston Oilers head coach in 1965.
I know it's technically not a poor old baseball card but come on, you know you love it. I do.