The beauty of our hobby is that there are plenty of ways to collect. Some people enjoy opening boxes in search of a monster pull or build sets. Others dig through dime boxes in search of their favorite players or teams. I've discovered that I'm sort of the Baskin-Robbins of card collecting, because it feels like I collect 31 different things or ways.
Last week, I showed off a 90's insert I recently purchased of my all-time favorite athlete. Today I'm shifting gears and highlighting a graded vintage card of a guy I've been collecting since the very beginning:
1975 Topps #185
Everyone knows Tony Gwynn is #1 on my list, but I started collecting baseball cards before 1983... so there were other favorite players before him. One of those guys was Steve Carlton. I became a big fan of him, because I'm a fellow lefty.
This purchase was inspired by Gregory over at Nine Pockets. A few months ago, he wrote about the behind-the-scenes science going on within the photo of this card. It was well-written and interesting, but that's not what sent me on a hunt to track down this card.
As I mentioned at the start of this post, I enjoy collecting in a variety of ways... and I'll use this card and the other copies I own to explain my madness. I have one sitting in my 70's vintage binder. There's also a copy inside of my 1975 Topps Mini set binder... which satisfies the set collector within me. And there are two more hanging out in my Lefty PC.
But after staring at Gregory's copy, I decided to add one more to the collection. This time I wanted to add one to my Classic Cards Collection, which contains graded cards of cool looking cardboard. This card definitely fits the criteria. Just look at that well-cropped photo of Carlton paired with the gorgeous 1975 Topps baseball card design. It's my favorite Topps flagship regular issue base card of his from his playing days... and one of sweetest looking baseball cards of the 70's.
It took a little bit longer than expected to find a copy within my price range, but the wait ended when a seller accepted my best offer of $17. After tax and shipping, this card set me back right around the price of a blaster.
The one downside is on the back. The card is heavily off-centered. But that kept the grade down... which made the card more affordable. So in the end it worked out for me.
Well there you have it... my fifth copy of this 1975 Topps Steve Carlton for a 4th collection. Hopefully this post explains why I'll sometimes chase a card that I already own multiple copies of.
If not, just remember that the beauty of our hobby is there are plenty of ways to collect... which means you can collect the way you want... and I'll collect the way I want.
Happy Thursday and sayonara!