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Old 06-14-2018, 11:39 AM
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On the flip side, the underpaid side:

I bought all of these raw and paid substantially below market even with the grading fees:






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Why not ask this question to the person who is buying up all of the Tony Bartirome 1952 Topps cards. Or those who over pay for the overhyped "rookie" 1952 Topps Mantle. Or my favorite, the genius who paid 40K for a Mint 9 1961 Topps Koufax. I could go on...
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Old 06-14-2018, 05:34 PM
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kewl story

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Oh sure. If a card has certain attributes I am going to pay more than 'book' for it. Like this one:



At the time I bought it the card was in a 6 holder. I saw it on the last day of the National a few years ago and had to have it. Probably paid $50 more than a 6 was going for at the time.

This one too:



I had a really beautiful example of this card when I was a kid. I sold it a long time ago. I spent a while looking for a replacement but finding one with nice registration, centering and no print flaws is a real challenge. I paid a bit too much for it but haven't had any regrets; in fact I turned down an offer to buy it for more. This one is similar:




Ashburn is notorious for printing problems.

Paid up for these too, relative to other 6's:






I think it is self-evident why.

For a card like this, I don't even think of it as overpaying:



Rare issue, condition sensitive, top tier HOFer. I'm happy to own it.

I overpaid for this one but the story is nice:



When my daughter was little she wanted to play baseball with her cousin. He was part of a fancy little league where there was so much money sloshing around that they brought in pro coaches to tutor the kids (one year they had Reggie Smith tutoring on hitting, for example). We were park and rec league. I decided to teach her to hit. In researching and watching kids I realized that their biggest problem was bat control: they can't coordinate their swings. Power really isn't relevant to the little ones: they need control. So I trained her with a Charlie Lau-style open stance to get a better two-eyed look at the pitch, and split her grip so she could lever the bat at the last minute. We went to tryouts for the league and the coaches immediately started trying to 'correct' her stance and swing. I stopped them and said "just pitch to her." After she ripped a dozen shots into the deep outfield (sweet leftie swing), the coaches were silenced. She ended up leading her team in hitting (over .600 by my tally). So, when I saw this card I had to win the auction for it: validation.
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$40K for a 1961 Koufax?

I got one that is perfectly fine for $15 (including shipping).

I do not understand my hobby at times.
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Old 06-14-2018, 06:25 PM
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I overpaid for this and was happy to do so. Probably the rarest card in my collection
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Nice cards, Adam - and I love the Combs story.

For me, PSA 6 - 6.5 is a sweet spot range for mostly affordable, high-mid grade vintage. You can get a lot of great looking cards in that range.
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$40K for a 1961 Koufax?

I got one that is perfectly fine for $15 (including shipping).

I do not understand my hobby at times.
If I had that much schwag to spend on a baseball card - er, it would not be a '61 Topps card. I don't hate that set like some others, but totally agree with you that you can get nice, even high grade stars - for well less than "registry bait" dollars. Oy.
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I have overpaid for Nolan, but here’s a card I got probably two years ago for around $15. It was originally in a SGC 4 holder. I remember about 1992 when Nolan was the hottest thing going, and the LCS down the road from me had this card in probably about the same condition in their case. The guy wanted $150 for it.




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I paid about $30-40 (can't remember exact amount, it was about 10 years ago) for the Baltimore Orioles team card from the 1964 set. It was the last card I needed to complete the set and for whatever reason I kept getting outbid on the Bay and couldn't find one at a show. Finally said enough is enough and went super aggressive and it cost me! I guess it was worth it to complete the set though. When I went back and checked later the card was going for nowhere near that amount.
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Old 06-15-2018, 09:20 AM
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I always overpaid , LOL, it's a hobby you know
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