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)!


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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