dayf was kind enough to let me know on Twitter that Roger was bringing his Sports Memories show to Atlanta this weekend. He has posted about this show before, and I knew I wanted to pick up some cards. Roger said that dayf showed up while he was essentially still unpacking everything, so he got first picks at the good stuff. I’m sure he’ll be posting about the awesome stuff he picked up, and I’m sure it will FAR surpass my stuff. (Roger has amazing stuff. Just amazing. He let dayf take pictures and it’s the single best group of baseball cards I’ve ever laid my eyes on.)
There were six different collectors in the room and I realized just how different I am from your average collector. I couldn’t care less about the condition of my vintage cards. I like creases. I like stains. I like rounded corners. I like the occasional scuff mark. I like a little ballpoint ink on the back. I don’t want an old checklist unless it has been marked up. I want cards that some kid collected. I want to know that the cards used to sit in a shoebox with rubber bands around them. A mint condition card from the 1950s looks fake to me. My vintage cards have character.
Anyway, there was one guy engaged in a serious conversation with Roger about an old football card. Roger thought the card could grade as high as 8, while the other guy thought it might be as low as a 7. Roger told him if he had any doubts, don’t buy it. He’ll sell it for more at National anyway. It just struck me as a funny conversation. (I hate, hate, hate graded cards. Who would possibly want a baseball card you can’t touch? I have a few, and as soon as I figure out how to bust open the cases without damaging the cards, I will do so.)
My first pickup, and the best of my pickups, is the card you see pictured below. There’s a long crease in the middle of the card. There are other small creases including a corner that looks like it was turned up at some point. The other corners are either flaking, rounded or both. This is my beautiful 1956 Topps Hank Aaron. Just a few years ago, I didn’t think I would ever own any Hank Aaron cards from the 1950s or 1960s. Now I have a small stack of them. I love Hank Aaron and I love baseball cards.
Thanks dayf for letting me know about the show, and thanks Roger for the great card.