Saturday, May 20, 2023

Damn disappointing, well maybe 2/3 wasn't so bad

So I hit ebay last Friday, had an idea to start knocking down a pair of want lists at the same time.  The idea worked, but then when the third card arrived I was a bit disappointed.  It was my own fault though, as you'll read soon enough.

My goal is to start grabbing some cards off of a pair of long time builds.  '59 Topps was one of them.  I keyed on this card during my search and found a copy for less than $20, which for me was very exciting as any time you find a card from a vintage set featuring Willie Mays on the front for less than $20, you have to do the happy dance.   My balance hasn't been good lately, so I stuck to a large grin when it arrived.

43 cards to finish this set.  I'm hoping I can get it done before too long.

Now, the disappointing part.

My thought is to "twin" these sets in pursuit of finishing them both.  With the '59 Topps now at 43 cards, the 71-72 OPC hockey set seemed like a good idea to twin them and work on completing them both at the same time.  Sounds like a good idea right?

Knock off a couple of cards for the 71-72 set as it was at 59 cards left on the want list, so grabbing these two for a little over $10 total was a no-brainer,  right?

Partly the seller's fault on this mistake, but mostly I'm crediting myself with the error.  As you can plainly see, the Goring is the OPC version.  Beauty!

The Gilbert is the 71-72 TOPPS version.  I looked again, the auction plainly said 71-72 OPC Rod Gilbert.  I was so happy to grab the card at just under $5 that I didn't look at BOTH pictures on the listing.   The front, no problem.  The 2nd picture has the back of the card.  If I had looked at it, I wouldn't have bought it.  

Not going to complain to the seller, had I looked closer....

I'm now down to 58 cards.  There's a bunch on the way.  The want lists for these 2 sets will be a little closer before too long.  Then we hit the big boys at the end.  Wonder what order I'll choose to chase the big names.



  1. Congrats I guess, especially on the Mays!

  2. Ah yes, I let excitement get in the way of reading descriptions, too. Fortunately it doesn't happen a lot. ... OPC even oriented the back different! That seems like a lot of work.

  3. Happy dance indeed. Nice Mays.

  4. Bought took quick or didn't look good enough a few times on ebay

  5. You hear about people doing this sort of thing fairly regularly. It hasn't happened to me, but I also tend to analyze a seller's pictures way more than a normal person should.