Saturday, May 06, 2017

30DayBBCChallenge: Day 21: Prospecting Ain't For Me

Today's 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge prompt is:

A card of a rookie you thought you were "investing" in.

For me, that's an easy question in that I've never purposely kept a rookie card (or bought a rookie card) solely based on hype and/or the promise of future riches.

I learned that investing in baseball cards was a fool's errand many, many years ago.  When I was a youngster, I would walk down to my local CVS pharmacy and grab a Tuff Stuff (I think that was how it was spelled) magazine.  That magazine had card prices (and it was a cheaper alternative to Beckett).  I would spend hours going through my collection and marking the cards I owned in the magazine, dutifully adding up my "riches."

Of course, at some point every kid learns that just because a magazine tells you what something is worth, the item is actually only worth what someone else will pay for it.  And, *spoiler alert*, no one ever paid me full magazine value for my collection of late 80s, early 90s baseball cards.

Since this is a baseball card blog (most of the time, anyhow), I figured I should show off the only rookie card that I recall buying purposely on the account that it was a rookie card:


That's a 1987 Topps Tiffany rookie of Barry Larkin - and while this card was never purchased under the guise of an investment, it was bought because it was a rookie card of Larkin's that I didn't previously own (and Tiffany cards don't seem to pop up in random trade packages very often)!


1 comments:

Fuji said...

Loved Tuff Stuff. Just dumped about 100 issues from the 90's and 2000's a few weeks ago. One of the toughest decisions I've made in recent years.

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