1982 Topps Traded #98T
Although it's technically not his rookie card, the Cal Ripken Jr. from this set is hands down one of his most desirable cards. In fact it's one of the most iconic cards from that decade.
Sadly the card was way out of my price range for years. I remember back in the 90's, there was a time when this card fetched around $200 (maybe more). It got to the point where I assumed I'd never own a copy. In fact much like the Hank Aaron autograph I wrote about on Tuesday, I just stopped looking.
Then last year one of my buddies picked up the complete set for around $100, which caught my attention and put the card back on my radar. I decided to target a graded copy to avoid any counterfeit issues and should have bought one earlier in the year when the prices were a little softer.
Prices have pretty much settled over the past few months on PSA 8 copies. If you're patient and lucky, you can grab them for around $65. However most copies sell in the $70 to $80 range.
I purchased my copy for $77 (+ $3 shipping). Although it wasn't exactly a steal, I was glad to finally add Iron Man to my collection after wanting one for three decades. I decided to chase down this particular card, because it seemed really clean. There's a slight centering issue, but it's not significant enough to take away from the card.
Now that I have secured this card, I'd like to own the rest of the set. I'm also interested in seeing what the future has in store for this card.
I don't envision this card ever commanding the money it once did at its peak in the mid 90's. On the other hand, it's hard to imagine seeing this card in NM-MT condition drop below $50 either. I'm thinking this card has leveled out for now, but only time will tell.
Well there ya go. That's my final big purchase of 2017.
Okay... it's your turn.
When you think of iconic cards from the 80's, which cards do you think of first?
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I look forward to reading your responses. Happy Thursday and sayonara!