Since deciding to focus on vintage baseball cards I've been drawn to the 1933 Goudey of Walter French. Card # 177 for those of you keeping score.
And we return to the price versus condition issue. I've been conversing with some of the guys from Old Baseball Cards. A few things I've learned.
Condition does not always matter. Sometimes it does, but generally it doesn't have to be near mint.
It is hard to fill any part of a long time collector's wantlist. They've already filled most of their sets and are now collecting the Hungarian language version of the T-206 reverse printed backs. Left handed pitchers. And they must have been born west of the Mississippi. It really isn't that bad, it just feels like it when my trade list consists mostly of '60s and '70s Topps with rounded corners that can probably be picked up for a quarter each at any good card show.
Back to Mr. French (Cissy... Jody... Buffy... Mrs. Beasley... Anyone home?).
I've been visiting COMC.com to help identify cards and to see what they look like. Yes, I have purchased from them in the past and will in the future.
Here's one of their offerings:
Walter French (card # 177)
See that? Knoxville Smokies. As far as I know, this is the earliest card issued of a Smokies player. COMC is offering this card, in various conditions, for $34 to $50. I'm rounding here. S&H not included.
Ebay sellers are offer the card in a wider variety of conditions and a much lower price.
This one looks nice and can be mine for $9 delivered.
Here's one that's in a bit better shape. And it is in plastic. Graded VG-3 by PSA. Delivered for less than $9.
This one can be mine for a mere $7 delivered. I love the thumbtack rust but I think for a few bucks more I'd pop for one of the $9 cards.
The post title says that I just want two cards. Two of Mr. French? Nope. I want a 2014 Topps base card. Not a Rated Rookie, not a Futures. Not a parallel. Just a base card for my Topps Type Collection. Discuss among yourselves and send me one in a PWE. That would make my day.
p.s. - please try to select a Ray, Mariner, or Marlin. I don't have any of them in my TTC.
AJ, The Lost Collector, has stepped up and will be sending me a 2014 Topps. Thanks.