Earl Wilson (card # 83)
I had $2.26 in an ebay gift card left over from last year that I had forgotten about. This one cost me 74 cents, then. I like to look at it that way.
I collect Earl Wilson cards because he played for the Bisbee-Douglas Copper Kings of the in 1953 Arizona-Texas League, a class C organization. The connection is that I graduated from a high school in that same county. There were scores of other players that played on teams in that county, but John, from The Pursuit of 80's(ness) blog sent me my first Earl Wilson card in a trade. Earl doesn't have that many cards so I figured it is much easier (and cheaper) to collect him than a major star.
The day after I made this purchase I received an anonymous tip that my Elusive Eight list would be severely shortened. Through some investigative techniques I was able to determine that this Earl Wilson card would be coming my way shortly. Doh!
I guess I'll have two, perhaps the seed of a contest prize. But I'll wait until it is in my hands.