The nice thing about not building modern sets is you have some cash free for getting some nice vintage cards without having to plan in advance. Walking into the mini-show last weekend, I didn't have any expectations regarding what I might find or what I wanted to find. Sure, I had my 1971 want list with me, but with a larger show coming up next weekend, I didn't mind if I walked out empty-handed. As it turns out, I didn't.
One seller, who always has a binder or two of 1971, wasn't there. But, an older fellow out of Wichita, who always has killer deals was and I bought six cards from him. I am not sure what his deal is. I gather that he was a banker and even though he appears to be retired, still helps putting large financing packages together. In short, I don't think he sells sports cards for profit. I think he does it for the sheer enjoyment. This is reflected in his prices. He had a 1960 Stan Musial when I first walked in that I wanted to buy, but someone else snagged it before I worked my way back to his table.
What did I get? Some seriously cheap 1969 Hall of Famer cards and a couple of 56s.
Okay, so Sparky isn't in the Hall of Fame, but this is his rookie card. No mention of his love of birthday cakes, though.
I think I spent around $60 on these cards and 2/3rds of that was on the Rizzuto. I'm pretty stoked about the two 1956s. I am actually starting to move forward on that set. Sure, I am less than 20% complete, but I do have around 60 cards from the set, including Scooter and Billy Martin. There are plenty of (very) expensive cards to go, including the Mantle, but I don't plan to get hung up on quality for this set, so maybe in 4 or 5 years, I could actually finish this set.
This seller offered me a pretty killer deal on another card that I walked away from because it was more than I had ever spent on a card. But, after some thought, and consultation with my wife, I called him back and closed the deal. I'll pay for it and pick it up at the larger OKC show on the weekend of October 20. But, I am going to hold back on saying anything until I have it in hand.