Comments: After looking through
a few Travis Jackson cards, I selected 1935 Diamond Stars as my
favorite portrait in December 2002 and I picked up a raw example
of the card. I liked the shot of Travis looking over the dugout
rail. I submitted the card to PSA and it graded VG. I eventually
upgraded the card to a PSA 6 an then a PSA 8 in September, 2004.
In August, 2007 I replaced the Diamond Stars with a W517 strip
card in a SGC 40 holder. I liked the portrait more and preferred
Chick Hafey represent the Diamond Stars set. Not a month later
a SGC 70 W517 example was offered through Net54 from seller Scott
Hanson and I bought it. I had one opportunity to upgrade to a
SGC 80 in 2011 but the price just wasn't right to justify a ½
grade bump. I'd really like to bump this to a NM+ card someday
- still looking for one out there somewhere….
UPDATE: As I was browsing eBay before bed the evening of 9/29/2013
I found this SGC 80. The Buy It Now was at $89, I submitted a
best offer at $65. The next day the bid was accepted and I got
my 1/2 grade bump at 1/2 of what I paid for the SGC 70. Patience
pays off sometimes.
UPDATE: On March 4, 2014 during my lunch hour I was running some
of my saved eBay searches and coming up short. Sometimes I just
randomly start entering search criteria with the small hopes of
getting a hit. This time around I typed - W517 Jackson - and clicked
enter. The search results came up on the screen, and I scrolled
down a page. POP! A PSA 7 was on the screen with a BIN of $300.
I had paid $65 for my SGC 80 and couldn't justify spending that
much on a small bump. But, I recognized the seller's ID and looked
them up in my database to find an email. Within minutes I shot
off an offer of $175, and they responded with $250. In the meantime
I looked up the population reports and it was the lone highest
graded PSA example; SGC had graded two 84 cards and one 88 example.
After a couple more back-n-forth emails we settled at $225. It
was a fun deal with great negotiation. Can't wait to get the card…my
first vintage upgrade to the HOF set in 2014.
UPDATE: The PSA 7 was the highest grades example until news of Al Crisafulli's Winter Love of the Game auction (Jan/2016) broke. I browsed the online offering and came across a PSA 7.5 (Brown Tint). I had to have it and stayed up until 2:45am MST on the auction closing night to make sure of it. My bid of $110 + juice won the card so the highest graded example is still in my possession.
UPDATE: I arrived at 2017 The National Sports Collector's Convention as the show opened on Wednesday morning and immediately came across another upgrade - a PSA 8 (Green Tint), a card recently graded and the best Jackson example for the issue in the hobby. The price was a little high so I made an offer - SOLD!!! Up until this, I had not purchased a single baseball card for my HOF collection all year. I was not expecting to find much at the show I could use (within my budget) so it was a huge surprise and a great start to the weekend.