Anonymous Collectibles NJ said...

“Let me see if I got this right. You buy low grade

beat up cards and feature them on your blog.

That’s awesome. Totally different than all the

other blogs I have seen featuring the nicest cards.”


1909 T206
Tom Downey

I know I don't have a ton of people that read this blog regularly but I like to think there are a few of you out there. So to those few, I've got a question:

How much would you pay for a genuine 102-year-old baseball card with a corner missing?

It seems that over the last few years I am buying all my baseball cards in a bubble. All I want are poor old baseball cards, the worse the better. And because of that I wonder whether the cards I am buying are worth it.

Of course they are worth it for personal reasons, but are they worth the money I am spending on them? Sometimes I wonder.

This card cost me $10 ($9 +$1 shipping on eBay).

A few other things you can buy for $10:  A little more than two gallons of gas in California; lunch; a ticket to the movies.

When you compare it to some things, maybe a piece of Americana is worth a ten-spot.


CaptKirk42 said...

In general my top price range for an individual card is $20-$30 I don't see paying anymore than that unless it is a rarer card of one of my very favorite players from one of my favorite teams, an older vintage of vintage card, Or Possibly a Huge big named super HOFer like Ruth or Mantle.

Carl Crawford Cards said...

I've paid as little as $4, as much as $40 for a Charles "Chief" Bender that was in great shape on the front, significant paper loss on the back.

$10 is definitely worth it.

deal said...

If I see a T-206 for $10, I but it. I think I may have found one in pretty rough condition for $5, but that is pretty rare. I think I have 5 or 6 at this point and love every one of them.

I'll take 2 T-206 cards over a blaster any day. And I think Tom Downey is actually a somewhat big name.

Anthony Hughes said...

$10 for a card like that is perfectly acceptable, I would do it. It is an old piece of history. Baseball cards in general give me a lot of enjoyment, so I don't mind spending some money for the old ones.

Matthew Glidden said...

Mostly what other people said. T206 cards have crept up over the years to ~$10, but something you still find the thrashed ones for $4 or $5.

Chris Stufflestreet said...

That isn't a bad price. I bought a couple whose edges were trimmed off for $4 each.

Anonymous said...

$10 is perfectly acceptable for the card you purchased.

As far as regular readers go, I read every one of your posts.

eltoro2012 said...

I believe $10 would be my limit.

Brian Dodson said...

You make a good point. $10 is about what I'd spend on mundane things such as a mediocre lunch, a couple gallons of gas and underwear. For a piece of history, and for something that still gives me goosebumps whenever I stop to take a glance, $10 is most certainly worth it.