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#2010894 - 09/14/12 10:04 AM Collecting: How much is to much, where do you draw the line...
oneofthree67
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I wanted to get some thoughts on this subject in terms of what one would pay for a card... Where are you on the scale: at book price, below book or above book?

I guess for me, it depends on what the card is and how long I have been searching for it... I try to buy the card once vs buying it and then if I find a better one upgrade. I don't have an issue paying for quality. I was once told, if you buy the best, you will have NO issues selling it later on...
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#2010895 - 09/14/12 10:17 AM Re: Collecting: How much is to much, where do you draw the line... [Re: oneofthree67]
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I think I pretty much fall in the category. Part of the fun is the hunt right. I drug my poor wife around the floor of the convention center in Baltimore for two days looking for two specific cards. My feet hurt and I've spent 18 years in the marine corps.....I know her's were! Anyway I wanted a 54 banks centered 84 and a psa or SGC 7/84 55 Clemente. Just back from the sandbox and my treat to myself. No luck on a centered Clemente back on the last day there was the banks. The deal went like this.... How much.... 1500...... Would you take 1200....I'd go 1400..... Deal! I just spent 12 hours looking for that exact nm card of a Chicago legend. So I guess I'm saying I'd go a little over on a great card I really want. Some cards you have to.
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#2010897 - 09/14/12 10:26 AM Re: Collecting: How much is to much, where do you draw the line... [Re: 33rdStreet]
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I agree D! When the card presents itself in the condition that meets standards, time to pull the trigger and add it to your collection.

Nice pick-up on the Banks! Got a scan?
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#2010899 - 09/14/12 10:34 AM Re: Collecting: How much is to much, where do you draw the line... [Re: oneofthree67]
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No scanner! Posting on here i better get one huh. Three of my favorites are 54 Aaron, banks and Kaline in 84's. I'll get some scans up. I'd like to get some opinions on the Aaron.
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#2010912 - 09/14/12 12:15 PM Re: Collecting: How much is to much, where do you draw the line... [Re: 33rdStreet]
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Great National story 33, I bet you were pumped to get the Banks, I love this hobby in times like that. And yes you have got to get a scanner so much more fun to share with people who understand our crazy hobby.

I am at the other end of the spectrum in that most of the cards I collect have such low total pop its hard to even know value, when a card has a total or 4 or 5 graded you can throw out smr and vcp is of little help. Like my 1931-32 Exhibit set its almost complete but there is only one sale in VCP for the cards I have graded. I would gladly pay 2-3 times smr for the 1933 exhibits I need. To me my value is formed by how long I have waited an not seen the card vs I know say cards that come for sale 4+ times a year I can sit and either wait for my price or pay up a little if I find a card strong for the grade and just want it. There are a couple Clemente cards if they come up I will be bidding some heavy dollars for the chance to own as I have not seen them in over 10 years.

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#2010913 - 09/14/12 12:21 PM Re: Collecting: How much is to much, where do you draw the line... [Re: SMtJoy]
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SMtJoy,

You wanna explain that one to my wife! She was relieved when I found the Banks and I was happy as hell! She was glad it was the Banks and not the Clemente......cheaper! God love her she puts up with my hobby. She knew that if I found them both the bank account was taking a hit.

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#2010914 - 09/14/12 12:23 PM Re: Collecting: How much is to much, where do you draw the line... [Re: 33rdStreet]
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She's starting to understand that on certain cards the book value means nothing. I kept telling her a well centered NM Clemente wont be had for the 1800 book value that I was prepared to pay 2500-2600 and she wanted to kill me.
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#2010919 - 09/14/12 01:42 PM Re: Collecting: How much is to much, where do you draw the line... [Re: 33rdStreet]
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Ohh I know, I managed to trade for this one a few years ago, was real happy I didnt have to spend the dollars to get it (granted the value in what I traded was north of $2000)-


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#2010920 - 09/14/12 01:46 PM Re: Collecting: How much is to much, where do you draw the line... [Re: SMtJoy]
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Classic card right there! Nice. I'm a centering wierdo to but on this card I may have to loosen the standards a bit. I mean if I can't find it at the national then what can I do?
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#2010921 - 09/14/12 01:48 PM Re: Collecting: How much is to much, where do you draw the line... [Re: SMtJoy]
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Scott the Card is Beautiful brother. The 55 Clemente is one great Rookie card. I remember the one i had before i had to sell it and i loved it dearly. Im thinking really hard now as to working on a HOF rookie card collection after completion of the 58 set. Just low to mid grade ones though.

Your clemente rookie is one of the better centered ones ive seen as well. Great pickup on that one!!!!
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