Rookie Card Showcase: 1966 Topps Jim Palmer

It was tough starting a baseball card collection in the late 1980s. This was the time when everyone was investing in baseball cards. These little pieces of cardboard were going to put little Johnny and Suzie through college one day. As a kid I scraped together every penny, nickel and dime I could just to buy a pack of the latest product, which more times than not it ended up being what we now consider to be junk wax. But as many wax packs as I opened, I was never satisfied. Why? Because everyone was talking about the legends of baseball, many of whom were no longer featured on cards.

One such player was Jim Palmer. Palmer was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1990 — three years after I started this cardboard addiction — and like Nolan Ryan, his cards were blazing hot. At the top of the Palmer wantlist was without a doubt this 1966 Topps rookie. There was no way I was going to own this card as a kid, and as I started filling out my collection with countless other iconic rookie cards many years later, the Palmer card was always one that alluded me, which is somewhat comical considering they are not that hard to find.

A couple of weeks ago I found a poorly titled auction on eBay, one that held another object of my desire: 1966 Topps Willie Mays, a card I needed for my Topps Number Ones collection. This Palmer is in pretty bad shape. It’s got some water damage, which pretty much kills any monetary value the card had, but it will serve as a nice filler for my rookie card collection until I can find a better condition one at a decent price. Not exactly a prized collectible, but certainly a nice card considering that I feel like I got it for free.

This is the part 14 of an ongoing series. To see other parts in this series, click here.

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