Hello, My name is Troy.. (edit..added pics from 1st sub)
Hello, My name is Troy. I joined yalls community/forum in the fall and have already posted a few questions but Ive mainly just been lurking trying to get a lay of the land before I officially introduced myself.
I collected junk wax as a child in the 80's but quickly grew out of it in my pre-teens. I'm a huge sports fan, I go to about 13 Redskins games a season, huge Caps, Bravos, Wizards and UVA fan as well so with my love for sports it is probably pretty natural to get back into collecting sports cards.
Last September, a really good friend mine was coming out of a difficult time and we had been spending a lot of time together. Dude was blind as a bat and while talking about it he shared with me that his dad had told him he would help him pay for lasik surgery but passed away before he actually did. A few days later, knowing that I have a pretty substantial (non-card) sports collection, he told be his father had left him some cards and wanted to know if I knew the best way to sell them. I told him to bring them over and we'd go through and figure something out.
He brought over 2 binders with close to 800 cards, about 150 1954 Bowman football cards, 400 1956 Topps baseball cards, and 250 1957 Topps Basebal cardsl. His father had printed out excell spreadsheets with the card #s, players names, quantity of each card (many dubs), and the value of each card. His total value on the cards was a tad bit over $3K. I asked him how much the cost of lasik surgery cost. He said the surgery was $3500.
As a way to help him with out and sort of fulfill his Dad's promise to pay for the surgery, I gave him the $3500 for the cards. Not knowing exactly what I was getting into, after researching the values, I decided early on to send off the cards to be graded, keep the highest graded card of the duplicates, sell the rest and complete the sets.
Now, 6 months later and well over $10k invested, Ive caught the bug and admittedly a noob. Ive definitely already made a bunch of mistakes and cost myself some money trying to collect while on this learning curve but Im still enjoying it and slowly figuring things out.
Well, I apologize for the length of this. I hadnt planned on such a long OP. Ill try to not make it a habit.😁
1954 Football Bowman
Redskins HOF Rookies
Redskins Ring of Fame Rookies
Slinging Sammy Baugh
Redskins Tickets (Stubs)