Even though I know the “return on investment” isn’t often there when one buys cards through major retailers, I still do it. Part of the reason is that opening packs is a significant part of my collecting joy, and I don’t have many other in-person options.
Another factor is that I would be upset and disappointed if cards were no longer available in stores, so I don’t mind supporting those retailers who do sell cards, even if I have to be vigilant about what I buy and how tamper-resistant it might be.
So when I pull a decent hit out of a blaster, like I did with 2019 Heritage recently…
…I have to admit there’s a part of me that wants to taunt pack feelers with it the next time I see one in the Target card aisle. “Hey, buddy… I beat you to this one! Ha HA ha HA ha HAAAAAAA!”
And he probably wouldn’t care because a Rico Petrocelli autograph isn’t likely at the top of his list. Whatever, it doesn’t stop me from daydreaming about it.
BTW, I’m sorry about the glare at the bottom of the image, I took a photo with my phone because I didn’t have time to fire up my coal-powered scanner.
As long as I’m out here writing, I figured I’d share a few other cards I’ve picked up lately…
One set that falls into the “I’d never chase it, but it’s fun to accumulate” category is 1963 Fleer. True to form, I bought several cards from this set even though they weren’t on my want list… but they were cheap enough that I threw want lists out the window.
It’s kind of interesting… Clay Dalrymple appeared on cards from 1960 to 1971, and never once does Topps show him smiling; yet here on this Fleer card he’s got a big ol’ grin. Maybe Fleer got Brigitte Bardot to take his photo…
Another set that falls into the category of “I don’t know what I’m doing with this, but can’t resist at a low price” is the 1970 Fleer/McLaughlin World Series cards.
I don’t think I even realized until I got home that the card featured Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth… it was just a matter of “Laughlin World Series? I’m there”.
I already had this 1970 Topps Scratch-off featuring the Seattle Pilots’ Mike Hegan, but this was an upgrade that was too cheap to ignore.
For starters, it wasn’t scratched-off… which is something I’d yet to acquire in a scratch-off. It also doesn’t have the lettering colored in with a blue ball point, which is another plus.
I really liked Fran Tarkenton when I was a kid, even though I’ve never been a Vikings fan. Oddly enough, I never thought about collecting Tarkenton until I ran across this 1978 card in a dollar box.
Of course, now that I’ve had a chance to look at the prices of some of his 1960’s cards, I’m not sure how far I’d get, but you never know. This card brings me up to six different cards from when he was an active player, which isn’t too bad for someone who wasn’t really trying.
At any rate, it’s not like I don’t already have too many irons in the fire. Best to move on and focus on the goals I’ve already got.