Comments: For Red Schoendienst,
I picked out a 1961 Topps card as the portrait to acquire. I picked
one up in Febuary, 2002. For a few years I was happy with the card,
until I started shifting some cards around. I decided to go with
a 1952 Berk Ross after finding a PSA 5 example in October, 2005.
I've been looking for a nice PSA 8 ever since - missing out on one
in a July, 2006 Legacy Sports auction and a PSA 9 in a April, 2010
Memory Lane auction. However, in April, 2007 I did manage to upgrade
to a PSA 7.
UPDATE: I was searching completed eBay auctions in June, 2015 to look for a PSA 9 I missed out on and I discovered a PSA 8 sold with a BIN of $179. CRAP! It was bad enough not winning the PSA 9 (sold for $879) but learning I also missed out on a cheap PSA 8 hurts more. Funny thing....the same week the PSA 9 ended, another PSA 9 was listed with a BIN of $3400 and subsequently dropped to $1500 after the other PSA 9 sale. That's still way off - no sale. The search continues for an upgrade...
UPDATE: It was just past midnight on Wed November 4th, 2015. I was lying in bed trying to fall asleep when the following saved eBay search on my iPhone (some people read books) yielded me this PSA 8 card from seller tonyetrade:
(Bond Bread, Berk Ross, Drakes, Drake's, Orbit, R423, R-423, R346, R-346, Red Heart, Red Hearts) -boxing, -1987, -1986, -1985, -1984, -1981, -1983, -1982, -reprint
The price was reasonable and it was just a matter of clicking the Buy It Now button. Done, got my upgrade
UPDATE: An eBay auction for one of three PSA 9s closed on March 7, 2016. I tried to pick it up but came up short again. I'm 0/4 at grabbing a Nine, having missed out on this exact Cert # twice now. It may take awhile for another one to be offered with such a low population (1 of 3):