But I wanted to buy something special with these gift cards since they were presents from my generous students. It didn't take me long to decide to spend them on cards. The problem is 99% of the baseball cards on the site is overpriced.
Eventually I settled on a 2001 Topps Limited baseball factory set, which Charm City Cards had listed for $99.99 (+ $5.99 shipping).
According to BaseballCardPedia.com, the set is suppose to be a throwback to the Tiffany sets of the 80's. Each card was printed on thicker 20pt. cardstock and contained a "limited edition" gold foil stamp that appeared above the player's name.
The sets were sold only in hobby shops and are housed in a fancy wooden box. They had a suggested retail price of $173 and production was limited to 3,905 sets.
The key card in this set is the Ichiro Suzuki rookie card:
2001 Topps Limited #726
I was pretty excited about this purchase... especially since it only set me back 98¢ after I applied the gift cards.
Unfortunately... they should label these sets with a huge buyer beware label.
Topps applied a special glossy coating (similar to early 90's Stadium Club cards) to each card, which makes the cards look really good.
However... over the course of 17 years, these cards have started to stick together and when you try to pull them apart... the majority of the cards are left with severe chipping issues.
My scanner did an unbelievable job of making my Ichiro look like it's in amazing condition. Sadly... it suffered like most of the other cards in my set.
So if any of you are thinking about purchasing this set... buyer beware. At least you now understand the risks. I actually read on someone's blog that putting the cards into the freezer before attempting to take the cards apart helps.
It's too late for me. But the next time I stumble across sticky cards... I'll give it a shot.
What about you guys...
Do you have any tricks to help pull apart cards that have fused together over the years?
By the way... thank you for all of the warm wishes left on my last post. My mom's surgery hasn't been rescheduled yet, but it should be taking place in three to four weeks.
Well that's it for today. Happy Saturday and sayonara!