Comments: Upon his induction to the Hall I searched eBay for a portrait card and, in November, 2012 I purchased a raw copy of the 1984 Renata Galasso #10 tribute from one of my favorite oddball baseball card dealers – Perry Eaves. The card was mint upon arrival.
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.
This ’84 Renata Galasso PSA 9 was Day #180!
UPDATE: On March 2nd, 2014 I pulled the trigger on two complete
sets - $19.90 including S&H. The package arrived on the 5th. I
opened the small padded envelope and the two packs were in their
original cellophane; tossed in with no extra padding. Upon first
glance, they looked a little rough so I was worried the Rupperts
would have dinged corners. I sat in the car and slowly unwrapped
the packs with my teeth. I looked at the cards, one by one, and
up came the first Ruppert. It was beautiful and has a good chance
at a 10. The back had some minor staining. The second pack also
looked rough. The Ruppert - mint corners with centering l-r about
40/60. Overall - happy with the results. We'll see how they grade
UPDATE: In December, 2014 I found the wire photo shown above in an eBay auction. I placed a bid and won the item for a reasonable $24. I figured it was a nice period companion piece.