Comments: On Dec 3, 2012 Hank O'Day
was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was a strong candidate
for several years but I didn't pick up the message. So, I didn't
own a single card of his. In January, 2013 I picked up a tribute
card - a 1994 Conlon #1201 off eBay for $5.99 including S&H from
seller cassandt. A month later I bid on a circa
1889 Hartley Studio Cabinet card of O'Day, from his playing
days, in the Feb, 2013 Love of the Game auction but came up short.
Anyway, I received the tribute card and it looked mint with centering
off left to right. 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 ((including this O'Day) 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!
This '94 Conlon was Day #085 I blew it on this one. Upon closer
inspection there's a very, very slight crimp in the lower right
corner (not visible in scan)....so, will need to keep looking.
There's one raw example on eBay right and seller scotgreb has
a PSA 8 for sale. But, I want a 9/10 on this card. I'll need to
purchase it in person (National?) so I can scrutinize it more
and ensure high-grade. The black or maroon borders (depending
on version) make it condition sensitive.
UPDATE: In late November, 2013 one of my hobby friends send a
PM with the following message: "Hi Mark! I think I have a couple
of unopened 1994 Conlon sets sitting around. Want me to look through
them or just send them to you for you to cherry pick? They're
just collecting dust here!" I took him up on the offer and he
sent me two. I'll be submitting them soon. Thanks JVB!