Well justice has been served and Simba is headed to Cooperstown. Here are three pieces of Ted Simmons memorabilia that reside in my collection:
1971 Topps #117
I picked up this graded copy of his rookie card on eBay back in July for $34.99 (+ $3 shipping). Technically it was free since I used one of those eBay gift cards I received from my credit card company.
Prices of these have risen steadily over the past couple of years as collectors have been anticipating the day he'd get inducted. In the last month or so, they've sold in the $60 to $90 range. I'm glad I didn't wait any longer.
Next up is a signed baseball I picked up at a card show two years ago for $15:
The ball is one of those Leaf certified baseballs that was signed on the sweet spot and features an 8x All-Star inscription.
Last, but not least is another rookie card of Simmons. Only this one has been slightly modified:
When Topps added Ted Simmons to their Archives Fan Favorites autographs checklist back in 2018, I went on a mission to add one of them to my collection. It never happened. However I picked up this signed rookie card along the way. It set me back $35 (+ $3.75 shipping) which was about the going rate for one of those Fan Favorite autographs at the time.
Happy Tuesday and sayonara!