You bet, my husband’s sports cards collection, used to be a constant source of conflict within the first few months of us, living together, after our wedding. And would you want to know why?
His collection is so vast, that they occupy one whole closet in our crib. I just didn’t get it at first. He started his love affair with sports cards when he was 8 years of age. He stopped collecting though, a few months after we got married. I still remember, the Christmas of 2000, he said: “I got me a present, and this is going to be the last one”. Mind you, it was 1 piece of graded card which he bought for $ 700.00
As soon as I moved in(that was in our old apartment then), my biggest goal was to make him consolidate all the cards in one closet. Would you believe they were in all of the closets within the pad? To make things worst, there were also lots of sealed boxes in the living and dining room.
My in-laws agreed with me and helped in trying to convince him to just give them away. Frank wouldn’t give in. He would say to us: “are you all out of your mind? they are much too precious to give them away?” I was so frustrated that I couldn’t reclaim that much needed storage. Until one day, he told me, he wanted to make a point not only to me, but also his father. He went ahead and sold 4 pieces of his mint and graded cards. The total proceeds of the sale?
My father in law was still skeptical. He said” I wanna see the check clear first”. That I guess, was my aha moment. Since then, I stopped bugging him about getting rid of them. I instead encouraged him to put them in order and consolidate everything in one closet. I even managed to encourage him to catalog everything. The only thing he has not done is to get them insured. We have the typical homeowner’s insurance where only the usual household stuff are covered. He figures, it will cost a fortune to have them insured. I can’t even touch them. He had to move the collection himself when we transferred to our new place three years ago. Boy, was he tired, but he didn’t want anybody else handling them.
For now, I am convinced. They are not just the typical card collection a.k.a… pokemon cards. He ‘s trading some of them on-line and is actually contemplating on selling some stuff on e-bay.
Let me show you some…
This is a graded mint card of hall-of-famer Frank Robinson. It’s a 1963 Toops Card and has near perfect centering, snow white borders, razor sharp corners and rich, vibrant colors.
Here is the true rookie card and a very tough to find mint grade given by Beckett. The 1993 SP is very hard to find in this condition because the borders easily chip. This is a gorgeous action shot of the Captain of the Yankees, future hall-of-famer– Derek Jeter.
Last but not the least, here is a mint example of the 1960 Topps Card of the greatest Cardinal ever– three time Most Valuable Player, more than 3600 hits, 475 home-runs and Hall-of-Famer Stan “The Man” Musial. Nuff said…
This is it for today…in My World.