As I mentioned earlier, I had lived frugally for over a year in order to prepare for a job search. And, since I was only off for 6 weeks, I had some extra money saved up. Most was used in a responsible, adult way. Some as a supplement to our retirement savings, and I also bought a used utility tractor for use around our acreage. But I did decide to do a little celebratory hobby spending. Some of it you saw in my previous post. Here is the rest of it:
I honestly didn't think I'd get this. I threw a bid on it that was 30-35% below comps for a PSA 4 and actually won. I am assuming it didn't command a typical price because of that side-to-side centering. But, I have always been a corners and edge man. As long as there is border all the way around, I am happy. And there is border all the way around here. So, good to go.
But this comes with a cost, since this card was many multiples of my previous most expensive purchase. I did have to "borrow" against future hobby spending, And that cost, not surprisingly, is severely curtailed hobby activity at least through the end of the year. I will try to knock off the commons I need for my 1969 set and I may actually start working on some of the junk wax era sets that interest me. But, that is probably about it.
Speaking of which, that big box of junk wax I bought a couple months ago for a tenner? It had a near complete set of 1989 Topps and I have thrown a want list over on the sidebar. I had previously decided to not work any base sets newer than 1979. But, as I sneak up on retirement in 6-8 years, I am re-evaluating how I want to collect between now and then and, of course, afterwards. I have already decided that 1955 is the oldest set I will build, And I will likely start moving forward in time from 1979. Most of the 1980s Topps sets are growing on me. I'm not a fan of '86 or '87. In fact, I absolutely hate 1987. But the rest of the decade is fine and will make a nice way to keep collecting without having to open my wallet too wide. Along those lines, that big box of junk had a partial set of 1988 Score, which I also like well enough to build the set and may even post about.
So, there you have it. I have reached the pinnacle of my collecting life with this card. But, I am looking at the future without any sense of melancholy. I am happy to have this card, but I also got a great deal of enjoyment out of the Felipe Alou card I needed to finish my 1965 set, which I started working 5 years ago. That is the beauty of this hobby. You can do it any way you like on any budget you like.
What I am listening to: Starlight by Yola