What I discovered next had to have been a misprint, but I took advantage of it nonetheless.
See for yourself:
Don't get the wrong idea. There are issues with this purchase:
B. The silver autograph isn't faded, but it's definitely not bold either.
C. It's authenticated by JSA, which means that there's a chance it's not legit.
But even with all of these issues... the jersey is still worth $10. In fact, those fake jerseys you find at the flea market still fetch $30 to $60.
I know... Dave Parker isn't exactly Mickey Mantle or Ted Williams. But if you grew up watching baseball in the 70's and 80's, then you know who The Cobra is.
Just take a peek at his accomplishments...
1978 National League MVP
1985 Home Run Derby Champion
7x MLB All-Star
3x Gold Glove Award Winner
3x Silver Slugger Award Winner
2x World Series Champion
2x National League Batting Champ
Obviously his numbers weren't enough to get him inducted into Cooperstown... at least not yet.
And if by chance you need more convincing... take a few seconds to watch this clip from the 1979 MLB All-Star Game:
Yep... that throw prevented the American League from taking the lead in the bottom of the 8th. The next inning, the National League broke the tie, won the game, and Parker was voted the 1979 All-Star Game MVP.
I'll be the first to admit, I over pay for things from time to time. But this just might be the best memorabilia bargain I've ever come across.
What about you...
What are some of your bargain memorabilia purchases you've found?
Can't wait to read your responses... Happy Thursday and sayonara!