Monday, January 31, 2011

What's the most you would pay?

If money were no object, what is the most you would ever pay for a single card for your collection?  I'm not sure how I would answer that.  I mean, if the actual cost had no impact on my financial situation, would I go nuts?  Would I maintain my wits?  I dunno.  The 1948-49 Leaf Satchel Paige sells for $3000+ at auction.  I found one on eBay with a Buy-It-Now for just north of $5000.  Frankly, I can't imagine paying that much for a little bit of cardboard.  On the other hand, the chance to own one of the rarest Indians cards out there would certainly come into play.

If money were no object, would you stick to your regular collection or would you seek out some other card?  For instance, one might seek out the famed and fabled "T206 Honus Wagner" (remember, money is no object), even though one might not collect him in general.  As tempting as it would be to do such a thing, I would probably stick to my Indians collection.

I would have a hard time dropping a cool $10,000 (or more) on a card.  I just don't think I could make myself do it, even knowing that I was not footing the bill.  Then again, how many times in one's life would such an opportunity even present itself?  Exactly.  So, given the once-in-a-lifetime chance, I would hate *not* to use it to its fullest.

So, ask yourself: You can buy one card at any cost.  What do you do?


  1. I'd pay whatever a nice Tom Seaver rookie card would cost - that's the most expensive baseball card that I have a real interest in owning.

  2. I'd shell out whatever necessary to land a Koufax rookie and a Babe Ruth card from his playing days.

  3. If money was no object, I would by the Gretzky T206 Wagner. Preferably at a live auction. Where I could outbid everyone else there by 10 million dollars. And pay using hundred-thousand dollar bills I pull out of an old duffel bag I got for free at the 2000 All Star Fanfest. Once I took possession of the card at the auction, I would pull two more things out of the duffel bag.

    A hammer and a pair of needlenose pliers.

    After cracking open the fraudulent PSA case, I would gently lift the card out of the case with the needlenose pliers in front of the crowd, examine it thoroughly and take a big slobbery lick right on the front of the card. I would then turn to the shocked audience and proclaim:

    "Mmmmmmmm! That's good Honus!"

  4. 1951-52 Parkhurst #66 Gordie Howe rookie. A PSA7 just sold for a little over $7000.

  5. No doubt... a 1949 Leaf Jackie Robinson. I'll never be able to afford one... but a guy can dream.

  6. Oh dear...Dayf did it again. How do I explain to my boss why we need ANOTHER keyboard. These things keep getting Dr. Pepper on them. As long as we're saying money is no object, I'd buy Topps, fire all the designers and marketers, hire some awesome bloggers who do customs to design new cards, and find some 4 year old to update the website.

  7. Reading the comments I thought to myself how does anyone even attempt to follow up a comment like Dayf's. But once I got to PATP's my question was answered.

    Personally I would by whatever my budget allowed. If I had the budget I would be purchasing a Ruth card from his Red Sox playing days. Since it isn't in my budget I will stick to whatever vintage commons I can find.