Archive for Preston Wilson

Rookie / Prospect Card Six Pack #4

Posted in Rookie Card Six Pack with tags , , , , , , on March 7, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

IMG_69811993 Topps Jason Kendall, 1993 Topps Preston Wilson, 1989 Donruss Tom Gordon, 1991 Score Jeremy Burnitz, 1991 Score Mark Newfield, 1989 Donruss Curt Schilling

My first Gem Mint cards were easily my worst

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , on August 6, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

About five years ago, when grading was a bit more popular than it is today, I was desperate own a card graded Gem Mint by Beckett Grading Services. Having submitted dozens upon dozens of my own cards to no avail, I badly wanted a 9.5. The allure of the gold label was tough to dismiss. It was almost like the card gods convinced me that owning such a card would change my life. So I did some searching and found a lot of two rookie cards of a mediocre player, Preston Wilson.

At the time, Wilson still had some tread on the tires. He was still a power-speed threat who figured to have enough time left to make himself relevant. So I bought his Bowman and Topps rookies, graded Gem Mint, of course for the low, low price of $22! Yes, I paid $22 for a pair of crappy Preston Wilson rookies … simply because they were encapsulated and had a gold label proclaiming them to be perfect … well, Gem Mint anyway, not Pristine.

Hindsight will show you that I grossly overpaid for this pair. But my question: Who the hell gets Preston Wilson rookies graded in the first place?