Saturday 11 October 2008

Sometimes, just sometimes on E-bay

In the past I've tried to buy just about anything on e-bay, baseball related. As more items became available, I became more discerning.
Around April of this year there was a glut of cards available, possibly a 5p listing promotion. But an auction came up 'Some 70's and 80's baseball cards' and was listed without a picture. For just 99p (plus £1.00 postage) it was a slight risk. Similar I suppose to the blind trades I'm trying to arrange.
If I remember correctly the item description was as brief as the title.
I took a punt and won.
When the package finally arrived I was stunned. There was 24 cards from 1970 to 1992. Amongst the cards were:

1970 Topps #321 Lou Piniella
1972 Topps #72 Bruce Kison
1972 Topps #93 Pitching leaders
1972 Topps #95 Strikeout leaders
1972 Topps #112 Greg Luzinski
1972 Topps #103 Checklist
1972 Topps #520 Larry Bowa
1974 Topps #10 Johnny Bench
1974 Topps #136 Ricky Reuschel
1974 Topps #251 Graig Nettles
1974 Topps #280 Carl Yastrzemski
1974 Topps #315 Ron Cey
1974 Topps #562 Bucky Dent
1974 Topps #610 Dave Kingman
1980 Topps #220 Dave Concepcion
1980 Topps #544 Rick Sutcliffe
1983 Fleer #40 Paul Molitor
1983 Fleer #613 Gary Gaetti
1989 Topps #691 Roberto Kelly
1991 Fleer #524 Tommy Greene
1992 Topps #156 Manny Ramirez RC

and some cards that I have not been able to find anything about

1990 Superstars #2 Ken Griffey Jnr
1990 Superstars #3 Rickey Henderson
1990 Superstars #6 Jose Canseco
It says on the back they were 'limited' to 10,000. Is that the whole set or each card?

The highlight of the package being the 1992 Manny RC and 1974 Carl Yastremski.
However this is not just a random mixture of cards. My only possible conclusion being that the seller of these cards didn't know that some of them were collectable. Are collectable! They knew that they were significant in some way. But why list without picture or a list of the names 'Bench', 'Yastremski', or 'Molitor', 'Griffey Jnr', even 'Canseco'. Odd, very odd.

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