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The life of a compulsive collector is never boring: one minute you chase a player’s autos, the next you think you sholud turn to hobby boxes, just to find yourself two minutes later on a bidding war on a rookie refractor.
Then you realize you want something huge and difficult to achieve, just to threaten your bank account, and you dig into the perils of vintage cards.
How much “vintage” these cards would be depends only on your cash: they may be some T206, or some Goudeys, or some 1952 Topps.
I turned my attention to a great set, with many hall of famers on their prime (there are 41 of them in the set), with a beautiful, innovative design: it’s the 1960 Topps.
My first card was this Mathews, and it will be a reference point for what I am trying to do with this set: buying graded cards of hall of famers and other great players, in the PSA 5-6 range, where they are still appealing to the eye but not so expensive that you can’t touch them without a stick.
This Mathews embodies these guidelines well, and so it does the second card I got, a Brooks Robinson graded 6 by BVG, the Beckett vintage specialist branch. I’ll try and get as many cards as possible, then turn to ungraded cards for less famous players.
I don’t know whether I’ll stop along the way or if I can go the distance and actually complete this huge set, but I know I have found a lifetime project to fulfil.
Today I got a bunch of cards in my mail, and among them, 3 cards for my side project, regarding Ken Griffey jr.
It’s a “side project” because I think it will take some time to be completed, so I don’t pursue it with great effort, but I let it flow, taking a casual approach.
Basically, it is about getting one card for every season played by Ken Griffey jr. (1989-2010, 22 seasons), and every card shall be a graded one, graded by PSA or Beckett, at least “mint - 9”.
So far, with today’s cards, I am at 6, I already have a rookie card, but not THE rookie card, the Upper Deck #1, since I still haven’t found one for a decent price. I am planning on upgrading the Topps I have (which, by the way, it’s his first Topps), but for now I keep on going with the aforementioned casual approach.