Comments: Many Negro Leaguers don't
have baseball cards issued during their career or they are extremely
expensive. Buck Leonard is a good example so I went with a tribute
card. The 1992 Front Row set includes five cards, one of which
is the perfect shoulders and above portrait. I purchased a complete
set in May, 2004 in hopes of getting a nice example of the card.
I submitted the item to PSA and it was returned to me in July
graded MINT 9. In March, 2012 I purchased five more sets for $6.47
including S&H. I submitted a few of them to PSA and am waiting
for the results. Hopefully the submission includes a GEM MT card.
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.
On Day #154 my daughter surprised me with
a 10. I yelled out, "Yes!". I really wanted this one....that's
the good news! The bad news...every submission has some
drama. I looked at the top right corner and it was dinged.
But, it wasn't dinged when I sent it in. Pretty frustrated,
I asked my wife to look through the bin and see if the other
Leonards I submitted graded 10. I didn't want to wait another
XX days to find out; and had to cheat. Of course the answer
was NOPE - two 9's. I believe PSA owes me a 10. I understand
this is about a $2 card. But, I spend the same amount of
time on the cheap cards in my collection as I do with the
true rarities. Ticks me off that someone made a mistake,
dropped the card on their table, and then still stuck it
in a slab to try and slide it by. Not cool.
UPDATE: At the 2014 National, I presented the situation to PSA. I ended up with the PSA 10 shown (serial number 21584247).