Well... I'm sure this isn't what he meant, but I recently took a chance on this Tony Gwynn autograph:
2000 UD Pros and Prospects Game Jersey Autograph #TGw
I had some COMC credit I wanted to use up and was sifting through Gwynn cards, when I stumbled across this card. The seller had two condition notes attached: top left hand corner ding and surface scratch/impression bottom right corner.
These things probably scared off some collectors, but I was really interested in this card, because I hadn't added a new Gwynn autograph to my collection in awhile. So I threw out an offer and the seller accepted. When I received my COMC shipment, I immediately looked for this card to see how badly damaged the card actually is.
See for yourself...
If you look closely, the top left corner is soft... although calling it "dinged" seems a little harsh. The bottom right corner is much more severe, but the damage isn't obvious unless you tilt the card and the light hits it just the right way.
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At the end of the day, I'm very pleased with this card. It will be headed to my Tony Gwynn PC, instead of the Damaged Card PC. And I owe it all to my father for encouraging me to step outside of my comfort zone and take a chance from time to time.
Happy Thursday and sayonara!