I own a pretty decent collection of damaged cards, but it's the one collection I avoid adding cards to... until now. Last month, I found this 1951 Bowman #84 Barney McCosky card online and immediately knew I had to have it for a few reasons:
#1: It's officially the oldest baseball card in my collection.
#2: Barney McCosky played for the Philadelphia Athletics, which later became the Kansas city Athletics, who eventually moved Oakland and became my favorite baseball team.
#3: McCosky was actually a decent player. He played for eleven seasons (from 1939 to 1953) on four teams (Tigers, Indians, A's, & Reds) and had a .312 lifetime batting average. He even led the American League in hits (1940).
#4: Last, but not least... the dealer only wanted 75¢. A sixty-one year old piece of cardboard featuring an Athletic for only 75 pennies? I'll buy that any day of the week.
Okay... so I know that it has two large tape stains on the card. Who cares? Worse case scenario... I add it to my Damaged Card PC. But for now... it's going right next to my Jose Canseco SLU on my Oakland A's shelf in my office.
Am I crazy? Actually don't answer that. Instead answer this...
Would you ever purchase a card with tape stains on it?
Happy Sunday everyone... and sayonara!