Rookie Card Upgrade 5: 1970 Topps Thurman Munson
About a decade ago when I started to seriously collect vintage rookie cards condition was not a priority for me. Rounded corners, creases, ink, etc. None of it really mattered. All it did was make the card more affordable for me.
Truthfully, I still operate this way in some cases. But I also like to upgrade rookie cards — key rookie cards — when the opportunity presents itself.
Such was the case with the 1970 Topps Thurman Munson rookie card. Munson is one of those players whose legend lives on. A stud players who died far too young, one who has a strong following, one that seems to get stronger over the years as more people appreciate him.
I bought my first Thurman Munson Topps rookie for about $30. I might have over-paid for the condition, but having the card was important for me. And then a few years later I was able to acquire the Canadian version, the 1970 O-Pee-Chee rookie. Again, there was much to be desired in terms of condition, but the opportunity was there and I jumped on it.
So for years, these two Thurman Munson rookies sat in my collection, filling the void for the Hall of Famer.
Then opportunity knocked again a few weeks ago to make a huge upgrade for my collection for a fairly decent price. I unloaded a bunch of low-priced stuff on COMC.com and was able to acquire this gorgeous old-label Beckett Vintage Grading (BVG 6.5) copy with fantastic subgrades, 8,8,8.5, 6. The low grade is on corners.
This card arrived from COMC over the weekend. Now that I am able to examine it in hand, I can see that the corner grade was given not because the corners aren’t sharp, but because they are a tad white — probably from sitting in a card saver without a penny sleeve for too long.
I have more stuff from COMC that I’ll be showcasing in different ways in the coming days.
You can see more Rookie Card Upgrade posts HERE.