I have a few stars that I always try to pick up because I feel like the hobby has under rated and maybe eventually it will wake up. My list in the order I look every show I go to.
1. Stan Musial (only has a few cards out there compared to alot of legends but Stan the Man's cards always seem soft to me). The man was the national league version of Williams and arguably a better hitter than Aaron or Mays.
2. Hank Aaron I mean compared to Mantle his stuff is cheap! I think when he passes his stuff is gonna rise along with...
3. Willie Mays Find me a baseball book that doesnt have him 1 or 2 on the list of best ever! Not many that dont yet his stuff lags for some reason I realize his stuff is pricey somewhat but I see reasonable bargins on his stuff alot.
ok those are three I know there are more and that these are pricey but I really think that all of there stuff is kind of undervalued somewhat. I might get my head bit off by some modern guys but I cant see paying crazy money for a Gem Mint Strasburg rookie (I mean it was made yesterday shouldnt it be mint?!) when I can get a nice card of the Say Hey Kid for the same price or maybe cheaper.
Dont get me wrong I am a junkie I have plenty of favorites today and from my era (late 70's and 80's) and I think Votto is going to be a special player. Just a new thread to get us talking.
I think modern cards are made with the entire idea of "how much will someone pay for this 1/1 or individually #'d card"? Then throw a game used something or other and a signature and you have something that is perceived as rare. Vintage cards were not designed to be that way. The 90s created a split it seems. The collectors putting together sets from the 50s-80s probably hated that SO many cards were being released....and others wanted those shiny...inserted in only 1 pack out of every 2000 pack chase cards!
I agree K-dog. I have all kinds of cards, I enjoy opening packs as much as the next guy. Loved it as a kid and still enjoy it i just think eventually the hobby will be flooded with Babe Ruth patch cards and hundred's of Ichiro one of one's! Walked the floor at the National this year and really didnt see any of that stuff being sold. Maybe i just wasnt looking.