But let's be real. I'm a teacher, so money is ALWAYS going to be an issue for me.
With that in mind, I have learned to appreciate cards with creases, pinholes, ink stains, collector's initials, and even peeled off backs. In fact, while many collectors feel these are major condition flaws... I prefer to look at it differently.
The more imperfections on the card... the more character the card has.
So today, I'm going to show off some recent vintage acquisitions that have a whole bunch of "character".
Remember those $1 grab bags I picked up at the flea market? Here are the highlights from that purchase. However, I'm warning you in advance. If you're a collector who only deals with high grade vintage, then you may want to look the other way. Because things are about to get nasty.
1972 Topps #49 Willie Mays
This card has a little of everything: tape, writing, & even a nice portion of the back stripped off.
1969 Topps Deckle Edge #29 Bob Gibson
The Mays didn't have enough ink for you? Here's a little more for your viewing pleasure.
1960 Topps #1 Early Wynn
I guess the Gibson looks pretty good now. I wonder what the person who did this was trying to accomplish?
1959 Topps #150 Stan Musial
Forget the fact that this card is super off-centered. Check out the pinholes and the red ink initials at the top. Need more? Check out the back. Remember when we used to tape our favorite cards to the bedroom walls? Now... remember what happened when we tried to remove the tape?
First Mays... then Musial. I'm starting to have a strong appreciation of cards that have part of their backs missing:
1972 Topps #280 Willie McCovey
1969 Topps #539 Ted Shows How
And now... I present you with the piece de resistance...
1971 Topps #525 Ernie Banks
The front isn't that bad... but the back of the card... well, I'll just let the picture do the explaining. Now that's a card with character.
And just in case if you were wondering... yes, there were a few cards in decent condition:
1975 Topps Mini #200 Mantle/Wills MVP
1968 Topps #374 Roberto Clemente AS
1974 Kellogg's #37 Willie Stargell
Plus a whopping 70 copies of...
1989 Fleer #553 Bill McGuire
Now that's taking grab bag filler to the next level.
Today's question of the day...
What's the worst conditioned card in your collection? Is there a story behind it?
1 Point - Leave your response below.
3 Points - Show off your "card with character" on your blog and leave a link below, so that others can enjoy what you wrote.
I'll accept responses to this post until Sunday at 3pm (PST).
FYI: I'll provide all of you with a contest update that includes the All-Star mini contest and the flea market mini contest Sunday afternoon, before my evening post.
Have a great weekend and sayonara!