there's a big card show in the twin cities this weekend - a few hall of famers are signing on saturday. i'll probably go on friday evening and not worry about that, however, no matter how badly i would like reggie jackson to sign one of his iconic 1978 topps cards for me.
i went to this same show last year, and picked up a hefty dose of bargain vintage. being a dodger fan, and being a dodger fan without the backing of the guggenheim group, that means i bought non-mint stuff. like this beautiful-to me 1957 topps don drysdale rookie card.
now don't get me wrong - i have no illusions when it comes to value of these things we collect. monetarily, they are only worth what someone else is willing to pay for them. and, if you are selling to mr. mint, you must understand that you are dealing with a middle man who wants/needs to make a profit off of what he is buying from you. apparently, many folks don't understand that. and, i am guessing that this is a speech that mr. mint has had to give thousands of times in the past, so the fact that he was so matter of fact about it while crushing the outlandish hopes of some would-be sellers should not have surprised me. and it didn't, even though i still cringed at his brusk tone.
in the two hours or so that i spent poring through boxes of vintage cards, many with rounded corners and/or creases, no less than two babe ruth signed baseballs were presented to mr. mint. he looked at them nonchalantly and made offers on each - offers that were far less than their owners had hoped to receive. were they fair offers? i don't know. even dealers came down to see what he might pay for some memorabilia. not once did i see money or merchandise exchange hands. he didn't seem to be enjoying himself, that's for sure.
i had a good time though. i finally found a 1962 bob uecker rookie card that i could live with at a decent price.
not to be outdone as far as rounded corners go, here's a 1962 post daryl spencer card
that's not to say that i didn't pick up some decent looking cards for their age, like this 1956 topps billy loes
from the 1958 topps set are both upgrades for me. there was another dealer there who had a ton of mid-70's stuff, and he helped me (almost) complete my dodger team set from the 1975 topps mini issue. for not much money at all, i picked up a 1956 mvp card featuring newk and some triple crown winner
and a 1963 koufax featuring yet another yankee
anybody else need anything?