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.