Comments: In December, 2004 I picked
up a nice Perez-Steele postcard of Veeck. It was eventually submitted
to PSA and received a NM-MT 8 rating. The card was a tribute -
not an item issued during Veecks career. So, in January 2008 I
picked up a raw 1948 Indians team issue picture to replace it.
It was more of a photograph, then a card and measured out 8 X
10. I prefer to have standard-sized baseball cards if they exist.
After some research I learned of the 1976 Chicago's Greats set
and of the fact Veeck was still an owner during its production.
Soon thereafter, I was able to find a complete set on eBay for
$8 in February, 2013 and submitted it to PSA.
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 '76 Chicago Greats Veeck card was Day #011 - I was thrilled
to add this GEM to the collection.