Sunday, April 14, 2013
Card Show Haul
Yes, I am weak. But, you knew that already.
I left home today in search of an Uwe von Schamann autograph for a friend and planned ahead by taking two of my want lists (1971 Topps and 1960s Fleer) in case I came across any of the 6 remaining 1971s, or two remaining 1963 Fleers, I need to complete the respective sets. I didn't find any of either, but I still managed to buy some cards. I didn't spend all that much though, so I forgive myself.
Two more cards towards my 1961 Fleer set. With these two cards in the binder, I now have 87 out of the 154 cards in the set.
One dealer had a huge number of 1973s and I started to sit down and go through the commons since, even though I left my want list behind, I knew I had almost no cards numbered 500 or greater. Then I reminded myself why I left my want list behind and decided to pick up a few 1973 stars I knew I needed and call it good.
I used to get all the commons up front when building a set and leave the stars to the end. That proved to be frustrating as I sat at "almost complete", but still had the most expensive cards yet to go I tend to really get driven when the end gets near, and I found myself overpaying for those star cards. With 1973, I have a lot of the star cards, lacking only Nolan Ryan, Willie Mays, the Goose Gossage rookie card, and the John Hilton rookie card (the most expensive card in the set a a $150 book value) I am thinking that an approach where I picks up stars as I find them is better since it is a heck of a lot cheaper to overpay for commons than stars at theend.
So, that is it for now, I suppose. With these cards above, I officially spent my wad for the month. Completion of 1971 will need to wait until May now.