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Old 03-30-2019, 09:51 PM
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Default What is your favorite card or cards that you don't have that you would like to own?

Let's have some fun in fantasy baseball card land. Pretend you have $3000 or $4000 to spend on a card or cards from the 50s (or late 40s I suppose). What would you buy? High grade? Low grade? One really high grade, high quality card or several low/mid grade cards?

I have several ideas:

1. The best Clemente rookie I could get in that price range (PSA 6ish?) or

2. The best 1950 Bowman or 1952 Topps Jackie Robinson I could land in this price range. Or both if they weren't high grade. Or..

3. The best 1953 Bowman Mantle I could get in this range. Or...

4. The best 1956 Topps Mantle....(PSA 7?) Or...

5. High grade 1955, 1956, or 1957 Ted Williams

I could keep going. It's fun to dream!

What would you guys get?

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Old 03-31-2019, 08:10 AM
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49 Bowman Satchel Paige or 49 Leaf Jackie Robinson. For that budget, probably a pretty low grade version of either is all I could afford...
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Old 03-31-2019, 10:04 AM
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1952 Bowman Mantle in EX condition. Then with any money left over I’d probably start my 1955 Topps set (maybe get a nice Jackie Robinson).

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Old 03-31-2019, 10:55 AM
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A 1952 Topps Eddie Mathews, without question.
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I don't know that it would be enough money to get one, but I would buy a 1954 Wilson Franks Ted Williams. I've wanted one of those since I was a kid.
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Old 03-31-2019, 04:29 PM
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I don't know that it would be enough money to get one, but I would buy a 1954 Wilson Franks Ted Williams. I've wanted one of those since I was a kid.
Adam, 45 years ago I was a raving Ted Williams collector, and the number one dream card on my list was the 1954 Wilson Franks Ted Williams. I wanted one so bad ......... Short to short, I came oh so close to buying a nice EX-MT specimen at the 1974 Midwest Sports Collectors Convention at Troy, Michigan. The experience was so heart-wrenching to me as a collector, I wrote a chapter about it in my book, NEVER CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN. It's the twelfth chapter, "The One That Got Away". One major, major and sad .

To this day, I cannot laugh about it, or think about it very long.

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Old 03-31-2019, 07:28 PM
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A signed 1953 Topps Vern Stephens. He’s sort of the forgotten man of the late 1940s-early 1950s Red Sox teams, and I think if he had a couple more good years he would’ve made it to Cooperstown.
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Old 03-31-2019, 08:58 PM
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The best '52T Willie Mays or

The best two Hank and Roberto RC's I could get for that $$
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53 Topps Mays
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Adam, 45 years ago I was a raving Ted Williams collector, and the number one dream card on my list was the 1954 Wilson Franks Ted Williams. I wanted one so bad ......... Short to short, I came oh so close to buying a nice EX-MT specimen at the 1974 Midwest Sports Collectors Convention at Troy, Michigan. The experience was so heart-wrenching to me as a collector, I wrote a chapter about it in my book, NEVER CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN. It's the twelfth chapter, "The One That Got Away". One major, major and sad .

To this day, I cannot laugh about it, or think about it very long.

Wishing the best in your pursuit of the very finest Teddy Ballgame ever printed.

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In the 1990s I saw an incredible WF Ted in a shop in downtown Boston. It was raw, the owner who was and is a very legit card guy called it NM MT and to my eye it was. I balked. I have a nice 4 now, but that card just blew it away. Probably my worst non-purchase ever.
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I'd pick up the nicest signed Mantle I could in that range, ideally a 53 bowman or topps, or a 56. I'd gladly take a 51 or 52 if anyone wants to sell one for 4k.

If it was any 48 or later I'd get a 90 Thomas no name on front.
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For post war, the 1949 Leaf Paige. For pre war, the E95 Honus Wagner.
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Old 04-01-2019, 10:25 AM
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52 topps mantle. a childhood dream to own one.
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Old 04-01-2019, 10:57 AM
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Adam, 45 years ago I was a raving Ted Williams collector, and the number one dream card on my list was the 1954 Wilson Franks Ted Williams. I wanted one so bad ......... Short to short, I came oh so close to buying a nice EX-MT specimen at the 1974 Midwest Sports Collectors Convention at Troy, Michigan. The experience was so heart-wrenching to me as a collector, I wrote a chapter about it in my book, NEVER CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN. It's the twelfth chapter, "The One That Got Away". One major, major and sad .

To this day, I cannot laugh about it, or think about it very long.

Wishing the best in your pursuit of the very finest Teddy Ballgame ever printed.

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Much like I don't like to go over my 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle encounter in 1974 for $75.00. Sent away $75.00 for the card and received a Sandy Koufax rookie, a 1951, 1956 Campanella, 1951,1955 Warran Spahn, 1951 Yogi Berra and a $25.00 credit memo. Talk about a scam and a ice pick in the eye that has lasted 45 years. Now the 52 topps Mantle is the only card I really need in my collection to feel whole. LOL ! Not sure I am going to pay 10-50K either?
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Three of the 5 cards I would like to have from the 50s would unfortunately go for much more than the allowed amount...the unissued 55 Current All Stars of Roberts, Konstanty and Stankey. I still need two of the 55 Topps baseball Hocus Focus cards that together might be had for under that figure, but I have yet to see either of them come up
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Old 04-01-2019, 03:29 PM
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I collect Mets so there is nothing from the 1950's I'd want but fitting the title I want a 1969 NY Boy Scouts Tom Seaver.
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My #1 want as far as post-war cards is a '59 Bazooka Billy Pierce. Not that they are hard to find, or terribly expensive, but they only seem to pop up when I've committed my hobby budget to something else. I don't pour a lot of money into the hobby so if I had some 'free' cash come my way that's the card I'd grab. Then I'd find a 1959 Topps Venezuelan Ace Hurlers #156 (Pierce and Bob Friend) and I'd put my Pierce collection to bed once and for all.
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1953 Mantle, or 1952 Jackie, or 1954 Wilson Ted Williams. I can't afford any of them, so thank goodness I don't have to choose
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I've been fortunate to build a hell of a collection, primarily HOF/rookie cards from all eras 1930 to modern. But from where I sit now (and can't afford LOL) I look forward to the future to collect some T206 era cards, WaJos, Ty Cobbs, LaJoie.. whatever I can find and afford in the future. Before joining this forum, I never knew or had any idea what an amazing community/appreciation/demand there was for the early 1900's baseball cards. It's an era I want to learn more about and hopefully collect some cool pieces in the future for sure.

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Old 04-02-2019, 01:26 AM
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Hmmmm..so many I still would like to have as a type collection don't have to be mint:

1949 Leaf Larry Doby

Always would go for Topps, Fleer Proof's where the picture of the player is different from regular issues

1955 Topps Stamp

1960 Leaf Big Head

1966 Topps Punch Out

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The smart move would be to take that money and over time fill in a lot of my vintage Cubs holes in mid-grade - but judging by my purchases over the last 2 years or so - I'd probably go out and buy a really nice '67 Seaver or something like that. Er, then sell it at a slight loss less than a year later. I go through periods when I don't sell cards for years - then fickle times when I sell things left and right.
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1967 Topps Punch-Outs Billy Williams, I have yet to see one in any condition for sale in the last 6 years. I would also like to find a 1968 Atlantic Oil Billy Williams, but since it was a winner card guessing they were all redeemed and none exist.
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From my set

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That is beautiful! Let me know if you ever want to part with it.
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Talking 1934 Goudey Gehrig #61

A PSA 6 1934 Gehrig #61 is my ultimate dream card.
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I don't know that it would be enough money to get one, but I would buy a 1954 Wilson Franks Ted Williams. I've wanted one of those since I was a kid.
This would be my choice also. Tough to find a 1954 Wilson Frank's Ted Williams in descent condition and reasonable price.
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I might go for the 1946 Pararde Sportive Jackie Robinson.

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