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Let's Hear Your 'Great Deal' Stories

PNWcollectorPNWcollector Posts: 77 ✭✭✭
edited November 21, 2020 12:33PM in Trading Cards & Memorabilia Forum

I've been looking for a nice '57 Clemente and saw this listed:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bob-Roberto-Clemente-1957-Topps-Baseball-Card-HOF/373341489260?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

Seller seemed to think the lifted corner was significant enough to warrant a relatively low BIN for what is otherwise a very nice card.

I received the card, gently folded the corner back over, and wah-lah!

Very pleased with my purchase and just wanted to share.

Disclaimer: no pressing or any alterations were performed.

Let's hear some great deal stories!

Comments

  • jackstrawjackstraw Posts: 3,913 ✭✭✭

    That's a beautiful card!

    Collector Focus

    ON ITS WAY TO NEWPORT BEACH, CA 92658
  • Nathaniel1960Nathaniel1960 Posts: 1,715 ✭✭✭

    I bought a sealed 1985 Nike Postcard Set for $1 last year.

    Kiss me once, shame on you.
    Kiss me twice.....let's party.
  • bobbybakerivbobbybakeriv Posts: 1,463 ✭✭✭

    I purchased a raw '76 Carew #400 for $4.75 and it wound up grading PSA 10.

  • PNWcollectorPNWcollector Posts: 77 ✭✭✭
    edited November 21, 2020 6:16PM

    I hope to have a similar story. I bought a ‘73 OPC Reggie Jackson for about $5. Beautiful rough cut around all four edges. I’m crossing my fingers for a PSA 9, of which there are none graded.

  • AhmanfanAhmanfan Posts: 3,758 ✭✭✭

    Crazy they didn’t fold that corner over before listing. Seriously.

    Collecting
    HOF SIGNED FOOTBALL RCS
  • AhmanfanAhmanfan Posts: 3,758 ✭✭✭

    Nice Mantle. As the seller it’s odd to not take that step to remove the wax.

    Collecting
    HOF SIGNED FOOTBALL RCS
  • Well, my story is as a young collector I started with McGwire, Bonds, Henderson, Etc. I poured a lot of money (well for a teenager it was a lot of money) into the cards and enjoyed the hobbie. Stopped collecting for a while after and about 15 years later I was disappointed that they were not worth much.
    Well, my story is I bought a storage unit about 2 years ago and from the front it looked like a typical unit and all you could see were nicely stacked boxes in the front. When we got to the back of the unit it was lined with 60’s- modern sports cards.
    100 plus binders and another 20 plus boxes full. So thats how I got back into collecting and grading with psa. :)

    I never did find any Mantles though.

  • swish54swish54 Posts: 392 ✭✭✭
    edited November 22, 2020 6:08AM

    My best finds have been at swap meets. About 7 years ago, I bought a '68 Ryan RC, '68 Mantle, '69 Jackson RC, '79 Smith RC PSA 8 for $65 total. The Ryan graded a PSA 4, Mantle graded a PSA 6 MC, and Jackson a PSA 2 (but had great eye appeal with no creases). The guy had mostly old toys and just one small box of baseball cards.

    About 3 years ago I was at the same swap meet and bought a '77 Dawson RC for $15. It graded a PSA 8.5.

  • BJY83BJY83 Posts: 86 ✭✭

    I was recently on Ebay looking for Brian Downing bats. I found a seller who was selling a Downing signed bat with no mention if it being game used. He also had a Bobby Grich and a Dale Murphy signed bat. I worked out a deal for $130 shipped for the 3 bats. When they arrived, all were game used and the Murphy bat was incredible.



    Brian

  • emaremar Posts: 227 ✭✭✭
    edited November 22, 2020 9:06AM

    In 2009 I bought this raw off of eBay.
    The seller marveled at the quality and said it was probably the nicest raw Yaz he had ever seen.
    The consignor had no interest in subbing it.
    The auction images were extremely poor & blurry.
    I figured his comments were a bunch of salesman BS but took a chance. I was the winner for $143
    I subbed it to Beckett at the Philly show a year later.

    -

  • nam812nam812 Posts: 9,764 ✭✭✭✭

    It could just be my biased opinion, but i feel you are doing your future self, and that card a disservice by not having that Yastrzemski rookie in a PSA holder.



  • orioles93orioles93 Posts: 3,292 ✭✭✭✭

    This past year I was in a local flea market. They have a big antique section in the back where people can rent spaces and sell items. There are usually some cards in the glass cases but nothing great. One day I came across this beauty tucked into the back of one of the glass cases, listed for $30. Bought it and sent it in for grading. Now worth around $400-500.

    What I Collect:

    PSA HOF Baseball Postwar Rookies Set Registry- (Currently 78.70% Complete)


    PSA Pro Football HOF Rookie Players Set Registry- (Currently 15.22% Complete)


  • GoldenageGoldenage Posts: 147 ✭✭✭

    Bought a raw card on eBay for $80 last year. Just came back from grading and it’s now an $800 card.

  • @Goldenage said:
    Bought a raw card on eBay for $80 last year. Just came back from grading and it’s now an $800 card.

    Care to share a little more? What card? Pictures?

  • GoldenageGoldenage Posts: 147 ✭✭✭
    edited November 22, 2020 11:23AM

    @PNWcollector said:

    @Goldenage said:
    Bought a raw card on eBay for $80 last year. Just came back from grading and it’s now an $800 card.

    Care to share a little more? What card? Pictures?

    PSA gave the card an 8 grade. Bought this raw from a Canadian on eBay last year for $80 before I sent it to Orr.

  • baz518baz518 Posts: 1,073 ✭✭✭

    There's a thread on here about this, but 4 years ago I bought a partial box of 80 Topps basketball... probably 22 packs at about $35 each. Pulled a PSA 9 Bird/Magic... did a pack sub and got a 10, 9 and two 8s... opened more packs and got another Bird/Magic that should be a 7.5 or so (never had it graded)!

  • ahopkinsahopkins Posts: 1,033 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Purchased this raw off eBay a few years back for about $8. Subbed it and dimed it. Most recent sale: $1000.

    Andy

  • doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 7,371 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My autographed Sugar Ray Robinson card. I got it for $30.00 shipped.

    Hello, I'm a Joe Louis card addict.

  • addicted2ebayaddicted2ebay Posts: 1,878 ✭✭✭

    some dude listed a original 48 leaf Williams on eBay for about $12 a few years back. still got it

    ebay mobile sucks
  • Bought 50 ea. Score baseball Bo Jackson #697 for $50.00 total. (Bat/shoulder pads black/white), in 1990.
    Bought 50 ea. 1988 Raiders Police Bo Jackson RC for $25.00 in 1990. Most appear to be 9's with maybe 5 10's.

  • magicpapamagicpapa Posts: 632 ✭✭✭✭

    Bought this in 2007,

  • @addicted2ebay said:
    some dude listed a original 48 leaf Williams on eBay for about $12 a few years back. still got it

    post a picture!

  • Nathaniel1960Nathaniel1960 Posts: 1,715 ✭✭✭

    About 30 years ago my granny was at a church yard sale and found a shoebox filled with cards from the 50s (she recognized all the names) for $5.

    She asked a man standing next to her if he thought her grandson would like them - he replied no - they were too beat up. She said thanks and walked off. She looked back to see the man buying them.

    So now I screw everyone I can to get the best card deals.

    Kiss me once, shame on you.
    Kiss me twice.....let's party.
  • Nathaniel1960Nathaniel1960 Posts: 1,715 ✭✭✭

    @Nathaniel1960 said:
    About 30 years ago my granny was at a church yard sale and found a shoebox filled with cards from the 50s (she recognized all the names) for $5.

    She asked a man standing next to her if he thought her grandson would like them - he replied no - they were too beat up. She said thanks and walked off. She looked back to see the man buying them.

    So now I screw everyone I can to get the best card deals.

    Ahem - “screw over” I meant.

    Kiss me once, shame on you.
    Kiss me twice.....let's party.
  • 1951WheatiesPremium1951WheatiesPremium Posts: 2,970 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Nathaniel1960 said:

    @Nathaniel1960 said:
    About 30 years ago my granny was at a church yard sale and found a shoebox filled with cards from the 50s (she recognized all the names) for $5.

    She asked a man standing next to her if he thought her grandson would like them - he replied no - they were too beat up. She said thanks and walked off. She looked back to see the man buying them.

    So now I screw everyone I can to get the best card deals.

    Ahem - “screw over” I meant.

    Hey, both methods will work...

    Curious about the rare, mysterious and beautiful 1951 Wheaties Premium Photos?

    https://forums.collectors.com/discussion/987963/1951-wheaties-premium-photos-set-registry#latest

  • Facebook Marketplace last summer. Montana Rookie, Elway Rookie, Marino Rookie, Ripken Rookie TT, Ripken Rookie Donruss, Clemens Rookie Topps and Donruss, Thomas Rookie Leaf, Smith Rookie (VG), and a Glavine Rookie Fleer for $125. The Montana and Ripken will be future grading candidates.


  • jordangretzkyfanjordangretzkyfan Posts: 1,921 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I remember some of my friends saying I was crazy to be buying 86/87 Fleer basketball boxes for $10k back in 2005-2012 😎

  • 1966CUDA1966CUDA Posts: 1,788 ✭✭✭

    Bought a 1984 Donruss Mattingly raw...listed as card #1B (front of cards lists his position as 1B). Snagged it for under $10 and it graded PSA 10!

  • Bosox1976Bosox1976 Posts: 8,066 ✭✭✭

    Dumb luck for me. Started collecting Pokemon two years ago with my son to try to get him into grading. We bought a very nice collection on ebay of the early stuff for about $3,000 - probably worth at least ten times that now after grading - this stuff has taken off like a rocket (no pun intended) during the lockdown. Lots more nice cards to grade too:

    Line # Item # Cert # Grade Description Type
    1 1 41200433 MINT 9 2000 Pokemon Rocket 1 Dark Alakazam-Holo 1st Edition Card
    2 1 41200434 MINT 9 2000 Pokemon Rocket 2 Dark Arbok-Holo 1st Edition Card
    3 1 41200435 NEAR MINT-MINT 8 2000 Pokemon Rocket 3 Dark Blastoise-Holo 1st Edition Card
    4 1 41200436 MINT 9 2000 Pokemon Rocket 4 Dark Charizard-Holo 1st Edition Card
    5 1 41200437 MINT 9 2000 Pokemon Rocket 5 Dark Dragonite-Holo 1st Edition Card
    6 1 41200438 NEAR MINT-MINT 8 2000 Pokemon Rocket 6 Dark Dugtrio-Holo 1st Edition Card
    7 1 41200439 MINT 9 2000 Pokemon Rocket 7 Dark Golbat-Holo 1st Edition Card
    8 1 41200440 NEAR MINT 7 2000 Pokemon Rocket 8 Dark Gyarados-Holo 1st Edition Card
    9 1 41200441 MINT 9 2000 Pokemon Rocket 9 Dark Hypno-Holo 1st Edition Card
    10 1 41200442 MINT 9 2000 Pokemon Rocket 10 Dark Machamp-Holo 1st Edition Card
    11 1 41200443 MINT 9 2000 Pokemon Rocket 12 Dark Slowbro-Holo 1st Edition Card
    12 1 41200444 MINT 9 2000 Pokemon Rocket 13 Dark Vileplume-Holo 1st Edition Card
    13 1 41200445 MINT 9 2000 Pokemon Rocket 11 Dark Magneton-Holo 1st Edition Card
    14 1 41200446 MINT 9 2000 Pokemon Rocket 14 Dark Weezing-Holo 1st Edition Card
    15 1 41200447 GEM MINT 10 2000 Pokemon Rocket 15 Team Rocket-Holo 1st Edition Card
    16 1 41200448 MINT 9 2000 Pokemon Rocket 16 Sneak Attack-Holo 1st Edition Card
    17 1 41200449 NEAR MINT-MINT 8 2000 Pokemon Rocket 17 Rainbow Energy-Holo 1st Edition Card
    18 1 41200450 MINT 9 2000 Pokemon Rocket 83 Dark Raichu-Holo 1st Edition Card
    19 1 41200451 GEM MINT 10 2000 Pokemon Rocket 21 Dark Charizard 1st Edition Card
    20 1 41200452 GEM MINT 10 2000 Pokemon Rocket 27 Dark Machamp 1st Edition Card
    21 1 41200453 GEM MINT 10 2000 Pokemon Rocket 29 Dark Slowbro 1st Edition Card
    22 1 41200454 GEM MINT 10 2000 Pokemon Rocket 39 Dark Kadabra 1st Edition Card
    23 1 41200455 EXCELLENT 5 2000 Pokemon Rocket 44 Dark Rapidash 1st Edition Card
    24 1 41200456 GEM MINT 10 2000 Pokemon Rocket 51 Dark Raticate 1st Edition Card
    25 1 41200457 GEM MINT 10 2000 Pokemon Rocket 56 Ekans 1st Edition Card
    26 1 41200458 MINT 9 2000 Pokemon Rocket 60 Magnemite 1st Edition Card
    27 1 41200459 GEM MINT 10 2000 Pokemon Rocket 63 Oddish 1st Edition Card
    28 1 41200460 GEM MINT 10 2000 Pokemon Rocket 64 Ponyta 1st Edition Card
    29 1 41200461 GEM MINT 10 2000 Pokemon Rocket 68 Squirtle 1st Edition Card
    30 1 41200462 MINT 9 2000 Pokemon Rocket 72 Rocket's Sneak Attack 1st Edition Card
    31 1 41200463 GEM MINT 10 2000 Pokemon Rocket 79 Sleep! 1st Edition Card
    32 1 41200464 MINT 9 1999 Pokemon Game 1 Alakazam-Holo Card
    33 1 41200465 EXCELLENT-MINT 6 1999 Pokemon Game 2 Blastoise-Holo Card
    34 1 41200466 NEAR MINT 7 1999 Pokemon Game 3 Chansey-Holo Card
    35 1 41200467 MINT 9 1999 Pokemon Game 4 Charizard-Holo Card
    36 1 41200468 MINT 9 1999 Pokemon Game 5 Clefairy-Holo Card
    37 1 41200469 GEM MINT 10 1999 Pokemon Game 6 Gyarados-Holo Card
    38 1 41200470 NEAR MINT-MINT 8 1999 Pokemon Game 7 Hitmonchan-Holo Card
    39 1 41200471 MINT 9 1999 Pokemon Game 8 Machamp-Holo 1st Edition Card
    40 1 41200472 NEAR MINT-MINT 8 1999 Pokemon Game 9 Magneton-Holo Card
    41 1 41200473 GEM MINT 10 1999 Pokemon Game 10 Mewtwo-Holo Card
    42 1 41200474 NEAR MINT-MINT 8 1999 Pokemon Game 11 Nidoking-Holo Card
    43 1 41200475 MINT 9 1999 Pokemon Game 12 Ninetales-Holo Card
    44 1 41200476 MINT 9 1999 Pokemon Game 13 Poliwrath-Holo Card
    45 1 41200477 GEM MINT 10 1999 Pokemon Game 14 Raichu-Holo Card
    46 1 41200478 MINT 9 1999 Pokemon Game 15 Venusaur-Holo Card
    47 1 41200479 MINT 9 1999 Pokemon Game 16 Zapdos-Holo Card
    48 1 41200480 GEM MINT 10 1999 Pokemon Jungle 2 Electrode-Holo Card
    49 1 41200481 MINT 9 1999 Pokemon Jungle 6 Mr. Mime-Holo 1st Edition Card
    50 1 41200482 MINT 9 1999 Pokemon Jungle 7 Nidoqueen-Holo Card
    51 1 41200483 MINT 9 1999 Pokemon Jungle 8 Pidgeot-Holo Card
    52 1 41200484 MINT 9 1999 Pokemon Jungle 10 Scyther-Holo Card
    53 1 41200485 NEAR MINT 7 1999 Pokemon Jungle 11 Snorlax-Holo Card
    54 1 41200486 MINT 9 1999 Pokemon Jungle 12 Vaporeon-Holo Card
    55 1 41200487 MINT 9 1999 Pokemon Jungle 14 Victreebel-Holo Card
    56 1 41200488 MINT 9 1999 Pokemon Jungle 16 Wigglytuff-Holo Card
    57 1 41200489 GEM MINT 10 1999 Pokemon Jungle 22 Mr. Mime Card
    58 1 41200490 MINT 9 1999 Pokemon Fossil 1 Aerodactyl-Holo 1st Edition Card
    59 1 41200491 MINT 9 1999 Pokemon Fossil 2 Articuno-Holo 1st Edition Card
    60 1 41200492 MINT 9 1999 Pokemon Fossil 3 Ditto-Holo 1st Edition Card
    61 1 41200493 NEAR MINT-MINT+ 8.5 1999 Pokemon Fossil 4 Dragonite-Holo 1st Edition Card
    62 1 41200494 GEM MINT 10 1999 Pokemon Fossil 5 Gengar-Holo 1st Edition Card
    63 1 41200495 GEM MINT 10 1999 Pokemon Fossil 6 Haunter-Holo 1st Edition Card
    64 1 41200496 GEM MINT 10 1999 Pokemon Fossil 7 Hitmonlee-Holo 1st Edition Card
    65 1 41200497 MINT 9 1999 Pokemon Fossil 8 Hypno-Holo 1st Edition Card
    66 1 41200498 NEAR MINT-MINT 8 1999 Pokemon Fossil 9 Kabutops-Holo 1st Edition Card
    67 1 41200499 MINT 9 1999 Pokemon Fossil 10 Lapras-Holo 1st Edition Card
    68 1 41200500 GEM MINT 10 1999 Pokemon Fossil 11 Magneton-Holo 1st Edition Card
    69 1 41200501 MINT 9 1999 Pokemon Fossil 12 Moltres-Holo 1st Edition Card
    70 1 41200502 MINT 9 1999 Pokemon Fossil 13 Muk-Holo 1st Edition Card
    71 1 41200503 GEM MINT 10 1999 Pokemon Fossil 14 Raichu-Holo 1st Edition Card
    72 1 41200504 MINT 9 2000 Pokemon Rocket 1 Dark Alakazam-Holo 1st Edition Card
    73 1 41200505 GEM MINT 10 2000 Pokemon Rocket 2 Dark Arbok-Holo 1st Edition Card
    74 1 41200506 MINT 9 2000 Pokemon Rocket 3 Dark Blastoise-Holo 1st Edition Card
    75 1 41200507 MINT 9 2000 Pokemon Rocket 4 Dark Charizard-Holo 1st Edition Card
    76 1 41200508 MINT 9 2000 Pokemon Rocket 5 Dark Dragonite-Holo 1st Edition Card
    77 1 41200509 NEAR MINT-MINT 8 2000 Pokemon Rocket 6 Dark Dugtrio-Holo 1st Edition Card
    78 1 41200510 GEM MINT 10 2000 Pokemon Rocket 7 Dark Golbat-Holo 1st Edition Card
    79 1 41200511 GEM MINT 10 2000 Pokemon Rocket 8 Dark Gyarados-Holo 1st Edition Card
    80 1 41200512 GEM MINT 10 2000 Pokemon Rocket 9 Dark Hypno-Holo 1st Edition Card
    81 1 41200513 GEM MINT 10 2000 Pokemon Rocket 10 Dark Machamp-Holo 1st Edition Card
    82 1 41200514 MINT 9 2000 Pokemon Rocket 11 Dark Magneton-Holo 1st Edition Card
    83 1 41200515 MINT 9 2000 Pokemon Rocket 12 Dark Slowbro-Holo 1st Edition Card
    84 1 41200516 MINT 9 2000 Pokemon Rocket 13 Dark Vileplume-Holo 1st Edition Card
    85 1 41200517 MINT 9 2000 Pokemon Rocket 14 Dark Weezing-Holo 1st Edition Card
    86 1 41200518 GEM MINT 10 2000 Pokemon Rocket 15 Team Rocket-Holo 1st Edition Card
    87 1 41200519 MINT 9 2000 Pokemon Rocket 16 Sneak Attack-Holo 1st Edition Card
    88 1 41200520 MINT 9 2000 Pokemon Rocket 17 Rainbow Energy-Holo 1st Edition Card
    89 1 41200521 GEM MINT 10 2000 Pokemon Rocket 21 Dark Charizard 1st Edition Card
    90 1 41200522 GEM MINT 10 2000 Pokemon Rocket 83 Dark Raichu-Holo 1st Edition Card

    Mike
    Bosox1976
  • I bought a collection back in late 2018 for $550...the guy advertised it on Craiglist as 100k cards and had a picture of a lot of boxes in various stacks. It took me 3 trips with my Honda CRV to get all of the boxes, which filled up an old elevator...my best estimate was 500k cards...I am guessing after grading I will get out $50k to $75...10 rookies each of Klay and Kawhi, Fleer Metal basketball sets from 80's, tons of Jordans, Kobes, yadda yadda yadda...what a treat that was going thru that collection over the next 3 months or so...I have about eight 5k count boxes filled up with stars from that collection, as well as another 500 to thousand cards that are first on the list to get graded...the collection was left to this guy by his friend's wife when his friend passed away...the friend was a dealer who set up at shows...the guy I bought them from knew little about sports cards and insisted that cards from the era of these cards were worthless...

  • Copyboy1Copyboy1 Posts: 34 ✭✭
    edited November 23, 2020 5:42PM

    Bought this guy for $20 about 15 years ago. I swear it's better than a PSA3, but I've cracked and resubmitted it twice and gotten 3s both times. Sigh...

  • 1966CUDA1966CUDA Posts: 1,788 ✭✭✭
    edited November 23, 2020 5:45PM

    Link to the thread on the 1984 Donruss Mattingly.
    link: https://forums.collectors.com/discussion/comment/9700986#Comment_9700986

  • Pulled the Rice out of a pack in 1986 and bought this Starr from a card shop when I was a kid (early 80's) for, I think, $2.

  • orioles93orioles93 Posts: 3,292 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November 23, 2020 6:39PM

    Purchased a run of Clemente cards years ago from someone who posted them on craigslist. The first time we met, I bought all of his Clementes 1956-1973, but I didn't want to pay his asking price for the rookie. I kept in touch with him though and eventually bought it from him for $150. It was in a screw down, and had the creasing. At the time, I was new to collecting and wasn't 100% sure it was authentic either. Sent it in for grading and I think it is one of the best 1.5s out there, eye appeal wise.

    What I Collect:

    PSA HOF Baseball Postwar Rookies Set Registry- (Currently 78.70% Complete)


    PSA Pro Football HOF Rookie Players Set Registry- (Currently 15.22% Complete)


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