Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Getting Paid with Cards!

When I was a kid, my brother and I would appraise cards for people my dad knew who collected cards. Our reward was getting to see a lot of cool cards and getting all the doubles as payment!!!

No one ever had 2 Mickey Mantles but I have a nice collection of cards from 1969-1974 for my trouble, including this Dave Winfield RC:
There was always one big prize card in each collection we appraised. We alternated who picked first each collection and this card was an obvious first choice. Dave Winfield was a superstar whose rookie season was sooooo old. It may have been my best rookie card until I pulled a Pujols Topps Stars RC a few years ago. I was always impressed that Winfield was drafted by teams in the MLB, NFL, NBA, and ABA. I once missed seeing one of his homeruns at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore because we could not find a parking space. He was rounding the bases when we walked in.

We would log every card for our "clients": year, brand, player name, number, condition, and Beckett value. All on notebook paper. I would gladly do this again if anyone ever asked.

2 comments:

Joey said...

That is a pretty cool deal. I bet that was a lot of fun. That is an original idea for building your own collection while getting to handle some great cards.

Bay Rat North West said...

Not too shabby. I was lucky enough to start collecting in 1981 and all the high school age boys in the neighborhood "donated" to me and I had almost complete sets of baseball, basketball and football from 1968 to 1979. I was missing Mantles also.