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Old 04-22-2010, 10:04 PM
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Default The white whale: finding the #1 card on your wantlist

A while back somebody started a thread about the #1 card on the wantlist. The card I named was the W711 Livengood. Most people wouldn't even give it a second look, but I have been looking for this card literally for more than 30 years, from the moment I started collecting prewar cards when my uncle gave me his boyhood W711 collection. In all these years I have never even seen one -- not in an auction, not in someone's else collection, nowhere!

Well, tonight I got a Livengood, the white whale of my wantlist, on ebay. Paid a pretty penny, but who cares?!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...:X:AAQ:US:1123

Let's hear some stories about those moments when you found and acquired THAT card -- the one at the very head of your wantlist.

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Old 04-22-2010, 10:13 PM
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Default Congrats!

Tim, nice pick-up. I missed that on ebay. My father and I have not been collecting that set for 30 years, but after picking up about 20 in the last year, that is the only card we need for the 1939 set. We only need the Grissom for 1938 completion. My hope is that someone with another Livengood will put theirs up for auction!
I guess I have a couple "white whales" because they are sets my 90 year old father started back in his childhood. We need a R303-B Foxx in sepia to finish that set and two unnumbered Orbit Gum Pins, Earnshaw and Stephenson. Those would make both of us happy!
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Old 04-22-2010, 10:21 PM
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After 30 years that must have been quite a rush as the time was counting down. A hearty congratulations to you Tim.
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Old 04-22-2010, 10:23 PM
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Default as a type collector

As a type collector I guess it would be when I acquired my T231. It wasn't really too special as I just bought it privately.

As far as the white whale I am looking for, I think there will be one at sometime in the future since Egan cataloged several of them. It is a D355. I have seen one for sale and I didn't realize how tough it was and I let it get away.

Congrats on your pickup, Tim. I bet you got the tingling feeling!! It's an awesome feeling.
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Actually the feeling I had as time was counting down was more like sick-dizzy-about-to-keel-over. Watching ebay auctions for cards I wanted used to be a rush; now it's more like a death-watch
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Old 04-22-2010, 10:43 PM
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Congratulations Tim, great pick-up. I have only been collecting this set for a little over a year or two and have been fortunate to pick up 21 of them so far. I hope you don't mind but I took the liberty of capturing the image of your Livingood since it is so difficult to find. I may never own one but at least I know what it looks like.

Congrats again,

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I hope to be able to reply to this posting with a story one day....

Always looking, that's what makes this fun!

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Congrats, Tim. That's what its all about.
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Old 04-23-2010, 01:01 AM
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Actually the feeling I had as time was counting down was more like sick-dizzy-about-to-keel-over. Watching ebay auctions for cards I wanted used to be a rush; now it's more like a death-watch
Tim -

Your collecting retirement was met with [insert platitude here]. Joining Mike P on the sidelines is an admirable achievement. I had no idea anyone spent 30 years searching for a W711 Livingood, but I'll offer my applause, too.

Actually, I realize you won't lose the itch. That's a lifetime thing.


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Congrats Tim - your patience is admirable!
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