There it is:
A lot of 61 signed 1963 Fleer cards is being auctioned off right now at Heritage Auctions and it includes a signed Roberto Clemente. For anyone reading this who isn't familiar with what I collect, I have been working on a signed 1963 Fleer set for over 9 years and have autographed versions of 65 out of 66 cards. What is the one missing? Roberto Clemente.
So, to answer the question that is likely on your mind; no, I will not be bidding on this, The current high bid is nearly $3,500 (with the buyers premium) and the auction has three weeks until it closes. My guess is that this will go for between $6,000 and $7,000. That is so far beyond my means that I wouldn't bid even if I wasn't facing a job search in the future. However, the person who helped me get the 64th and 65th cards for my set also needed Clemente. So, I sent him the link to the auction in case he hadn't seen it. He had and has already bid. So, because he helped me out when he didn't have to, I am hoping he wins.
Speaking of the job search, I don't have any firm date on when I will be leaving this job. It is supposed to be 6 months after the acquisition closes, but no one knows when that will be. It could be as soon as mid-September, but is more likely to be in the fourth quarter. So, with a steady paycheck into the April/May timeframe and the ability to get through an extended job search, I've decided I can loosen up and dip a toe or two into the hobby waters. So far, that decisions hasn't turned into much action. Though I have one recent acquisition to post about in the next few days.
What I am listening to: Highway to Hell by Tom Morello, Eddie Vedder, and Bruce Springsteen