1966 Topps Baseball Wantlist

Friday, June 10, 2016

To Grade or not to Grade this is the Question

As we sit here watching Bolivia get ripped by a bad call against Chile in the Copa America I wanted to get a post in as I will be out of touch for a little while.

During my most recent episode of great card filing of 2016 I examined our existing Vintage Redbirds and I noted those that we need to upgrade to higher grades and ones we were missing-just to double check. So recently there have been some good auctions of high quality cards at decent prices, well most of the time, on the Bay. So, I have been reviewing the PSA Price Guide to see what those cards would set us back. What I have been trying to figure out is why would someone grade a card that is worth less than the cost of grading ($15 or so?). I thought I might have each team set graded as I complete them. However, at $15 a pop and say 15-20 cards a team set-well you get the  idea.

So what my logic has been is to bid graded cards based on their PSA graded value plus a few extra dollars that would allow for the cost of grading.

A card graded as NM-7 (lowest grade I will pick up, generally) with a value of $8 would be a negative $7 since the cost to grade the NM 7 is $15. Math has never been my strong suit but I know that $15-$8 = loss of $7.

As an example I purchased the following PSA Graded 1963 Topps; #49 Dal Maxvill graded a 7 NM for $10.50 and the card is valued at $8-so "loss" of $2.50.

#267 Carl Sawatski is a 7 put me back $6.50 and PSA gives it a value of $8 and this results in a "gain" of $1.50.

#336 Ed Bauta also a 7 which I won for $8.50 and PSA says I paid 50 cents more than its value.

Last but not least, #533 Bobby Shantz Graded an 8 (NM-MT) for $9.54. This card is valued at $22, so a gain of $12.

So why would I pay $15 to grade any of these? The answer is I wouldn't. There are some heavy hitter Redbirds I need and these I will pick up nice graded copies but I am not sending the others in just yet.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Ever Quest-or is it Vision Quest?

My ever quest for Topps Archives/Fan Favorite/Heritage Real One Certified Redbird Autos continues with some pick ups since my previous postings on these here,here, and here.I actually, was remiss in not also showcasing the Fan Favorites Steve Carlton auto that I overlooked. Three more added to our collection over the last 3 months or so.

First, we have Cliff Chambers 2011 Topps Lineage 1952. Cliff Chambers pitched for the Birds 1951-1953. Had a record of 18-16, 4.19 ERA, and 118 K in 79 games. Not sure if there is a demand for cliff but it was a nice addition.

Next is a 2013 Heritage Bobby Shantz Red Ink Real One #ed 1 out of 64. I LOVE the 1964 Topps issue-love them and I was really happy to see this pop up on the Bay.  He pitched for the Birds 1962-1964 had a record of 12-10, ERA of 2.51, and 129 Ks in 99 games. Though he went to the Cubs in 1964 before the Birds won the World Series. However, he did win one with the Yanks in ’58.

Thank you to Ray over at All Cardinals All the Time Check out his excellent blog here I “discovered” there is a 2005 Fan Favorites Andy Van Slyke. Another design I LOVE. With the Birds for four seasons 1983-1986 he only “won” a series in 1985 with the Birds and unfortunately he didn’t have a chance at another one.

A quick peruse of the recently released 2016 Archives edition show the following Cardinals making their appearance. I will wait to the market is saturated then pick up at least the Perez and Tatis autos.

Fan Favorites Autographs Set Checklist
Eduardo Perez –
Fernando Tatis –

Topps Originals Autographs Set Checklist
Lou Brock