This is the real stuff right here. Vintage out the wazoo. Actual provenance and integrity. No fake Adrian Peterson cards with an autograph in crayon on an Avery label and a manufactured patch swatch of Hagar the Horrible. This is the real good stuff. The stuff I can't even afford an opening bid on the cheapest lot stuff. I can dream though, and have an imaginary shopping spree and order a free catalog which is basically a textbook of baseball card history. Seriously, kiddos, these are free and wonderful. Robert can afford to send your broke repack box buying ass one of these to drool over, don't be afraid to ask for one.
I searched through their current auctions and picked out $50K worth of goodies. I've already broken the eBay rule, you knew I'd break the 15 minute rule as well. It took me about an hour to find all these things and tally up to prices. If I wanted to stick to the 15 minute rule I would have gotten this for whatever it ends up selling for. This is the actual ball Johnny Evers used to get Fred Merkle out in the "Merkle's Boner" game in 1908. I sort of doubt even with $50K I can wrest the ball away from Keith Olbermann, who is probably aggressively bidding on the ball (assuming he's not the one selling it). It's not only a truly historical item, but a reminder of the last time the Cubs won anything. I prefer to do my shopping sprees slowly and meticulously though.
There was no indication in the instructions on how to actually price things to make up the $50,000, and since these are all auctions the final price is going to be pretty volatile. I can't use the current bid, because someone else has already bid that. I could use the next bid, but these auctions close in two weeks so that would probably be exceeded eventually. Waiting for the end of the auction will put me way over tonight's deadline. For purposes of this experiment I used the "Set Autobid Limit" field on the auction when I clicked on it (about 2:00pm on Sunday the 18th) since that was significantly over the current bid price and was something I could track instead of just arbitrarily assigning numbers to the lots. Many of these items will likely go for much more than these prices in the end, but this is all a fantasy anyway. Here's what I picked out.
Single Cards and Items:
If I ever get a large pile of money and am instructed to spend it on baseball cards, the Hank rookie is always going to be the first thing I snag.
this auction for the original artwork for Satchel Paige's card and I pyewped myself a bit. The artwork is one of the reasons I adore the 1953 Topps set and Satchel's card is my Holy Grail for that set. I was originally going to put Satch on my list when I did some searching and found that Eddie's art was up for sale as well. The '53 Eddie is one of the best looking cards in the hobby ever, period. I had to go with the painting of my favorite card from my favorite set instead, especially since it was almost 10 grand cheaper. Since this is from Sy Berger's personal collection, that's a double dose of cardboard history right there.
I'll be honest with you, while I would give up a testicle to have any original King Kelly cards, my preference would be for the Goodwin Champion or the Allen & Ginter card before the Old Judge. There were no Goodwin Kellys I could find (More on A&G later) so this Old Judge will have to do. Plus, I keep my testicle. Bonus! This card has a good clear picture and the "$10000 Kelly" label on the card which is veddy nice-a indeed.
There are many reason why I have to have this card:
Old Hoss is a Hall of Famer and prolific Tweeter.
It's an Old Judge of Old Hoss. Heh
Old Hoss is a Brave (or Red Stocking or Beaneater or whatever)
It's in almost perfect condition.
Old Hoss is flipping off the cameraman.
first person to ever flip someone the bird in a picture and here it is in baseball card form. Awesome.
Complete or Mostly Complete Sets:
Set collectors gotta buy sets. Especially when there's no chance they'll ever be able to build the suckas.
I've already got a large number of '53 Topps cards so I wanted to make sure I picked up the particularly nasty cards like the Mantle and Mays cards I need for my set. There are lots with cards in better condition, but I chose this one for two reasons. First of all, it's cheaper and I'm not afraid of Tiptons with glue on the back. Secondly, since they are not graded I can spread 'em all over my carpet and play with a 1953 set like I was a little kid in the early '50s. That's the whole point of collecting these things, isn't it? Ok, ok, I'll finish up the set in the binder with the best cards and play with the duplicates.
Tipton is right?
Two of my favorite sets, both with notoriously difficult high series. No shame in knocking 'em out all at once.
Weird Oddball Lots:
I'm the kind of guy who would rather have a whole pile of neat stuff rather than one really good thing. With this in mind, here's some lots I found that have a lot of quantity while maintaining some decent quality.
A humongous pile of vintage stars from the '60s. Just look through the list. Mantle, Aaron, Mays, Clemente, Koufax, Banks, this is just sick. The Niekro rookie sealed the deal.
Total Damage: $49,750
Think I can get all that shipped for $250? I might have to pick it up in person. Plus we're forgetting auction house fees which would probably bump this to over 60 grand total. I'd also be willing to bet that if I added up all the actual final values of these auctions we might hit six figures. I've screwed this exercise all up haven't I? Oh well, it's not my money, and it was a fun way to spend an afternoon while listening to the Braves on the radio. J-Hey!
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