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The ugliest $1,000 rookie card?

Posted in Hall of Fame Rookie Cards with tags , , , , , on January 13, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

It’s not easy being an extreme rookie card collector.

It’s a lot of fun chasing rookies of big names like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, as well as guys you may have not heard of like Chip Lang.  But every once in a while you find a rookie card that is essential to your collection but you have a hard time pulling the trigger to acquire.

Exhibit A:  1952 Topps Hoyt Wilhelm.

1952 Topps Hoyt Wilhelm High Series rookie card

Fact: Wilhelm is a Hall of Famer.

Fact: This set is probably the most popular set in the hobby.

Fact: The card books at $1,000

Fact: I didn’t pay (or trade) anywhere near $1,000 for it.

Fact: Wilhelm had his eyes closed when the photographer snapped his picture for his first official card.

Is there an uglier rookie card that books at $1,000?

These Wilhelm rookies are considered tougher to get because they are from the legendary high series, a late release that saw a large portion of it dumped into the river instead of getting into collector’s hands.  This is the same series that the iconic Mickey Mantle hails from.

Wilhelm is one that I had to have for my collection.  There was no alternative.  And while the card is ugly as sin, I managed to get it for about half of what they usually go for on eBay or elsewhere.  And it is in pretty good shape; it’ll probably grade a 3 or so.

And to answer your next question:  Yes, it is real.

The Wilhelm represents two firsts for me.  It is my first High series card from the 1952 set.  And it now represents my first post highlighting the rookie cards of Hall of Famers in my collection.

See more Hall of Fame Rookie Cards by clicking HERE.

Wow, Dusty Rhodes is dead …

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , on June 18, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

not The American Dream Dusty Rhodes, but this Dusty Rhodes. (STORY) via MLB.COM

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I’m so lucky: PWE alert …

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

pweJesus, what the hell did I do to the good people of eBay? First a seller sends me a package that needs additional postage, and now I get a freakin’ Plain White Envelope (PWE)! Good news is that I only paid $2 for the shipping and the seller used two stamps, so he only profited a buck or so. Cheap bastard. Continue reading

New Additions Part III: Vintage Hank, an ‘Elite’ Thrill, and more

Posted in New Addition with tags , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

napt3cThe theme for today is combined shipping. As collectors in this day and age, we are all frustrated with inflated shipping costs. Sometimes a seller will charge upwards of $3 to ship a single, non-graded card. Ridiculous. So when you find that one dealer who has more than one card you want, and is willing to combine costs, you’d better take advantage of it. Yesterday I received three packages from three different eBayers. Keep reading to see the loot. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1952 Topps Willie Mays

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

52mays1The time has come. For the last three years, I’ve had this “well loved” 1952 Topps Willie Mays card in my collection. It’s an iconic card representing the very first Topps card of the Giants legend, and one of the best cards in the historic set. But for the last year or so, it’s been removed from my main display case and sentenced to eternity in a dark box sitting among the rest of the cards, the majority of which are not even worthy of sharing the same room as this Mays. Continue reading