Comments: I searched eBay, shows,
and the internet for Laughlin singles for a little over a year
and had no luck. Then on May 27th, 2011 I got lucky with a random
Google search for "Frank Grant Laughlin". I found a
website, from Columbia City Collectibles, with singles from the
set listed for decent prices. The condition was as described,
so I ended up purchasing another single from the dealer - this
UPDATE: In late May, 2013 I sent PSA a group of 175 raw cards
that I had purchased at shows and on eBay over the course of several
years for grading/authentication. I waited two plus months for
the submission and during that time decided to have a little fun.
Normally, I get the email from PSA indicating grades are available
and I go online to review the results. When I receive the package
I open it up look through the cards and start the scanning process.
The entertainment ends there. This time I decided to do things
a little differently but it would take extreme discipline. I didn't
go online to look at the grades and the package arrived for pickup
on August 23, 2013. I asked my wife to open the box and randomly
distribute the contents into a large storage bin. The bin went
into the closet and each day for the next 6 months my kids would
take turns pulling out a card for me. One card at a time, it was
like Christmas every day. I'm involved in a private chatroom of
sportscard collectors where I would post a picture of "The
Card of the Day" for the guys to follow along. The kids loved
it too! It was so fun I tagged on two more submissions (one for
15 cards received back in early Dec, 2013 and another 53 card
submission returned in Feb, 2014) and lumped them in with the
other cards as they came back from PSA. The original 175-day quest
has now turned into almost a year-long adventure.
This '74 Laughlin card was Day #176. I was expecting a NM-MT
(OC) or EX rating due to the t-b centering, happy with the grade.
UPDATE: In March, 2014 a whole set of Laughlins showed up on
eBay, each card sold separately. The grouping included PSA-graded
NM-MT cards of Pete Hill and Frank Grant. I saved them in my Watchlist
and entered a couple snipes. On the auction closing night I was
able to monitor the sales and I entered a couple last second bids
on both cards to save fees on the snipe service. I won both cards
for a little less than my high bids. I was extremely pleased to
add the cards to my collection.
UPDATE: In November, 2014 a PSA 8.5 showed up on eBay. I passed on the opportunity for an upgrade when the bidding went higher than I expected....final hammer - $160!