For those of you that think that vintage baseball cards of Hall-of-Famers are too expensive, think again.
This card was $1.50.
And of a major player nonetheless.
Frank Robinson is one of those guys every baseball fan should know about. Along with being among the all-time home run leaders, Robinson was the first, and only, to be named MVP in both the National and American Leagues.
He is also a Triple Crown winner.
He really gets little respect and should be considered among the game's best.
That's what I think got to good ol' Grover Alexander.
I don't exactly remember what I paid for this card but as you can imagine, it wasn't very much. Even if I paid a few dollars, some would argue it was too much.
But as a poor old baseball card, this card is priceless.
Someone commented the other day that he was tracking the Allen & Ginter card I recently posted and decided against it when it reached a certain price. He said he wondered if someone would bid on it because it was sooooooo BAD.
I sometimes wonder — if this was ten years ago, would I be bidding on these trashed cards?
Probably not. But today, I relish these old cards. They're a lot more interesting than those near-perfect pieces of cardboard.
One bad thing about shopping on eBay is sometimes a seller will charge a little too much in shipping and handling charges. I think you all know what I mean. I think $4 S&H is a little too much for a card you just bought for $2.
So like many of you, I often buy a few more cards from sellers since it usually doesn't cost any more to ship a few extra cards.
In my eyes, that brings the cost of each card down a bit. Make sense?
Anyway, this is one of those extra cards I got to help spread out the cost of that shipping and handling.
When I got this card, the seller was charging $2 for shipping and handling with no extra charge for more cards. That's actually a pretty good deal.
The card I really wanted was a $4 1957 Topps Richie Ashburn. Not only did I get the Ashburn, I also got a few more using the BUY IT NOW option:
1969 Don Drysdale ($1.50)
1967 Frank Robinson ($1.50)
1968 Harmon KIllebrew ($1.50)
1969 Nate Colbert ($1.50)
1975 Randy Jones ($2)
1975 Chris Cannizarro ($1)
1965 Don Zimmer ($1)
Total: $14 + $2 shipping
So I never thought I could afford an original Allen and Ginter baseball card.
But about a week ago, this card popped up on eBay. It was the worst A&G I had ever seen. First off I had never seen one that had turned brown, they're usually bright white. Even the ones in lesser condition are white.
I had my doubts if this card was real so I wasn't willing to go too high with the bid. I was a winner at a little over $25.
After winning, I contacted the seller to get some background. He said he thought it could have been part of his grandfather's collection, but he wasn't sure.
I figured it was worth the risk.
It arrived today and I have a feeling it's authentic. The card is surely old. The pin holes and cracks really show the card's age. I figure if it were to be reproduced it would be sometime in the 1980s. And this card is way older than 30 years old.
I don't think it's worth having authenticated. I may show it to a few people and see what they think but as far as I'm concerned it's the real deal.
For about the price of a combo meal, I picked up this 43-year-old classic — a 1967 Topps Hank Aaron.
So it has a little bit of wear —who am I kidding a lot of wear, but I love it just the same.
This same card, a PSA 9, is selling for $1,799.99 or best offer on eBay. I wonder if that card would give me more joy than this poor old baseball card. Sure, it'll always be worth more than my card, but they are both original cards of one of the game's greatest.
At least I can hold mine in my hands. I mean, I can feel the cardboard and smell the old gum residue. The new owner of the PSA 9 card won't be able to do either through the hard plastic case.
But I'm realistic. I know that for some, baseball cards are an investment. And if I had the choice of the two, I would obviously choose the one that is hermetically sealed.