Comments: I first picked up a raw
1976 Shakey's tribute card in April, 2003. Two months later, in
June, I won an eBay auction for a SGC 88 1906 Fan Craze card.
In July, 2005 I swapped out the Fan Craze by picking up a PSA
4 C46 card at the National. In November, 2007 I made another change
- going after a Colgan's Chip card. Upon receipt and some additional
research, I learned the item didn't picture Joseph Kelley. It
was actually a different player mislabeled as Joseph Kelley. That
wouldn't work for this collection so I went back to the C46 PSA
4 which I still owned. In April, 2010 I won an eBay auction for
a raw C46 Imperial Tobacco card from a seller in Canada - Cartes
Sportives De La Capitale (Sylvain Martineau). It was a big risk
as I typically don't buy vintage cards that have not been authenticated
by a third-party. But, it was a Canadian card purchased from a
dealer in Canada, and the scans looked good - card looked like
an upgrade. The gamble paid off as PSA graded the item EX a couple
months later - SCORE!
UPDATE: On 11/4/2013 I went to the post office to pick up a package
from REA - my Newsboy Rusie had arrived. In my PO Box was the
latest copy of Memory Lane's Buy It Now issue and I thumbed through
the magazine. There were some great cards but one stood out -
a PSA 8 1912 C46 Kelly. The highest graded example I had ever
seen available to the public was a PSA 6 example in January, 2010.
I called the auction house and asked the gentlemen to set the
card aside for 30 minutes, enough time for me to review the images.
I arrived back at the office and immediately went online to take
a look at the high resolution scans. According to the PSA Population
Report it was the highest graded copy with no others at it's tier
- no 7s either, with the single PSA 6. I quickly called back and
placed the order. The card looked so clean -can't wait to get