Comments: My first portrait card
of Molitor was a 1985 Donruss PSA 9 purchased in November, 2003
on eBay. In February, 2005 I upgraded to a PSA 10. I also had
a '85 Donruss Fisk PSA 10 so when I decided to diversify the collection
a few years later I felt one of them could be swapped out with
a different issue. I searched through dozens of different Molitor
cards on eBay and settled on a 1994 Score card as a nice option.
I found a raw example at a show and it was submitted to PSA, grading
MINT in August, 2008. I've got a saved search on eBay and it's
turned up nothing better. In February, 2010 I purchased a Series
2 box on eBay for $8 + $8 S&H. It rewarded me with two cards -
a standard #427 and one Gold Rush parallel #427 card. With hopes
of a GEM-MT example, I submitted both to PSA and both received
NM-MT ratings. CRAP! In September, 2011 I purchased another box
for $10.25 including S&H via eBay. I ripped open all the packs
and didn't get a single Molitor - no mint copies, no parallels
Gold Rush card. So the quest for a PSA 10 '94 Score example continues…
UPDATE...On April, 27, 2012 I received two more boxes in the
mail purchased off eBay and started ripping the packs open. Out
of two boxes I only got one MINT Molitor. I was hoping for a few.
Hopefully this is the one, it looks pretty nice.
UPDATE...Turns out I didn't have to submit the raw card from
above. This GEM MT example showed up on eBay in August, 2012 and
I snagged it. Finally got my ten!!!
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.
The '94 Score Gold Rush card was Day #146 - I was thrilled to
add this GEM to the collection. It was a raw purchase on eBay
in May, 2012 for $.99 + $3 S&H from seller accardio. Honestly,
looking at the upper right corner I'm not sure if its GEM worthy
(case is scratched from being moved around in the bin so much)
but I'll take the grade.