Comments: The Traynor story begins with a 1980 TCMA #102 tribute card I purchased raw on eBay. It was graded MINT 9 by PSA in 2002 and served as a placeholder until I could find a contemporary issue. In April, 2005 I acquired a raw 1923 V117 Maple Crispette card from 2737. It was in rough shape but still submitted to PSA. In March, 2007 I found a 1926 M101-7 supplement in VG condition while browsing eBay and won the auction. It was a great portrait of Pie and perfect for the collection. Neither SGC or PSA graded supplements so it stayed in it’s toploader for several years. I found another raw supplement, which appeared to be NM, at The National in 2014 from E&R Galleries (Ron Vitro) and submitted it onsite to Beckett. They’re so fragile, paper thin, and the edges tend to fray. Upon handing it over to the guys at the booth, I accidentally put a small surface wrinkle in it when I mishandled the item while placing it back into the toploader. CRAP! It came back graded VG-EX.
UPDATE: There’s been a nice Traynor M101-7 on eBay for a couple years now and I made a couple offers. The seller wanted $150. In August, 2015 they finally agreed with me at $85. I should have it in my hands soon. Hopefully, this one will grade out better than VG-EX and help me forget about my folly at the 2014 National. That card was very nice before I messed it up. Hopefully, this one is just as perfect.