Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Catching White Whales

There's just something special about crossing off that white whale from your want list.  You know what I'm talking about.  That one card that always seems to elude you and your collection.

Well someone recently listed the 1981 Granny Goose #13 Dave Revering on eBay and I ended up the high bidder at $11.49.


Now you're probably scratching your head wondering why I'd pay so much for a Dave Revering.  Personally... I don't blame you.  Revering had a few solid seasons, but was never considered a super star.  In fact, my guess is most younger collectors (twenty years or younger) have never heard of him.

But the card pictured above actually has an interesting history and is quite rare.  Back in 1981, the Oakland A's traded Revering to the New York Yankees and supposedly most of the Dave Revering cards were destroyed by the company that printed these cards for Granny Goose.

Obviously a few slipped into collector's hands.  And now I'm the proud owner of one, which means that my 1981 Granny Goose set is finally complete:


Another white whale has been caught.

Have you caught any white whales lately?

Happy Wednesday and sayonara!

25 comments:

  1. Nothing more fun than finding a long sought rarity. Congrats.

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  2. Congrats,that card has been on my white whale list for 32 years,glad you found a good price on it.Ive got to get out and find one,I hate loose ends(uncompleted sets).

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  3. Congratulations. I've harpooned a couple lately. I grabbed the Gold Refractor 1/1 for my Bryan Randall collection and also a couple of the top cards from my Scott Sizemore collection.

    Still trying to get an '89 UD Griffey. One day...it will be mine.

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    1. Congratulations on that 1/1 gold refractor... and best of luck on the 89UD Griffey.

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  4. My recent (kind of a) white whale was a Puig RC.
    I haven't been buying any packs, and I didn't want to pay ebay prices,
    but my fellow bloggers and readers came through to help me land that whale.

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    1. Nice. I recently added a Puig to my collection too. It's not a Topps card though... it's his S.I. For Kids card.

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  5. Great catch there. It's the chase for the tough, but obscure cards that keeps me interested in the hobby!

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  6. Thanks guys. It's nice to get this one out of the way.

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  7. That's great!! Congratulations.
    I had the pleasure of receiving the '91 OPC Chipper Jones RC earlier this year from Sportscards from the Dollar Store. Certainly not super rare, but was a long-wanted card.

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  8. Very nice Fuji. I've picked up some great cards since joining the world of blogging, but nothing I would consider a whale. The closest I've come to picking up something like that was when I was in the Navy. I saw a Nolan Ryan rookie card and it was $200. I was making squat for money and just couldn't do it. I've regretted passing on it ever since.

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    1. The Ryan rookie card has (and probably always will be) on my wantlist. It's such an iconic card that blew up in value right before my very eyes. The only way this one gets crossed off is if I can find it dirt, dirt cheap.

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  9. Congrats Fuji! Landed one myself but I haven't posted it yet. It's a biggie though.

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    1. Congratulations buddy... looking forward to seeing what you caught.

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  10. I still have to list my whales.
    But one day I'll get one!

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    1. Post it up... maybe one of us has it sitting in one of our trade lists.

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  11. I just checked my #1 most wanted Wallach card off my list last week. It'd been sitting there for over 20 years, and out of nowhere I found a guy with 3 of them (all of which I gladly took off his hands).

    It was a 1989 Alaska Gold Panners Modern All-Stars card.
    http://www.goldpanners.com/Scrapbook/w/wallach-tim_78.htm

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    1. Very nice. It seems like the longer you have to wait, the more you appreciate it. Congratulations on nabbing three copies :)

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  12. Wanting everything, and needing so much, I have an oceanful of white whales. I guess the closest thing is probably the 1972 Topps Steve Garvey, because it's the card I've wanted from the earliest days of my childhood that I've still yet to land.

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    1. Wait... another Dodger blogger? You guys are taking over the blogosphere ;-) Best of luck in landing that Garvey. The 72 set is one of my personal faves.

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  13. My white whales are too big...Jordan RC, Upper Deck Griffey. Perhaps I should aim lower.

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    1. Nah... white whales are suppose to be challenging. That's what makes them whales.

      I'll probably never catch the Jordan... although I want one. I'm too afraid it'd be counterfeit and I'm not going to drop big bills on a graded copy.

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  14. Funny story...Many many years ago my grandma pulled a card out that she had been saving for me. She has gotten it out of a "package of chips or cookies". It is this card. It's not in great condition, but interesting that she happen to get one of the rarest cards out there.

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