6.02.2013

1909 T206
Frank Bowerman (Graded)

If you follow this blog with any regularity you probably know that graded cards are not my thing. I think I own a total of five. The only other one I've written about is here.

I understand why people do it. But by encasing the card, you lose the ability to feel or smell the card. Just holding a 100-year-old piece of history has got to be worth something.

I get that grading keeps the card from deteriorating or gives its owner a universal way of displaying their collection. I also understand there are monetary reasons. But with poor old baseball cards, the practice seems absurd.

I don't need a grader to tell me this card is in poor condition. So why did I recently buy this card? It was an impulse buy. Yeah, I'll admit it.

Do I have second thoughts? Sure, but it's a great old card anyway. And who can stop me if one day Frank Bowerman is freed from his plastic case.

I'm thinking about it.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can't tell you how happy I am to find this blog. I just got back into collecting, and I am shocked at the popularity of graded cards. To me this takes all the fun out of having the card in the first place. I want to be able to actually hold the card, and remember the games, good times, and memories associated with it. Thanks for blogging.

POBC said...

Thanks for reading, it's comments like yours that keep me going.

Jake E. said...

Go for it!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np_hE9abqiM

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