Anyway, this is the final one of the "pre-planned" posts. When I return from the Crescent City, I have a ton of catching up to in terms of trades, eBay purchases, a Listia "purchase," and who knows what else I will have by that time.
But, I really wanted to put this post together before I left and put it up while I was gone so I didn't steal the thunder from my other posts and, at the same time, I was too excited to keep these under my hat until my return.
What got me so excited?
The Cynical Buddha featured this card on his blog last week. CB mentioned that there were only 1002 eTopps cards printed for Yount, so I started looking around to see if I could find one while the thought was fresh in my head. Normally, that is a recipe for disaster.
I looked around on eBay and tried to go to COMC to find it. COMC is in a bit of a shambles still, and it was messy like a teenager's room when I went looking for this. As a last resort, I went Googling. Strangely, I found it on Amazon being sold by COMC. Yes, I had to pay an extra $0.99 for the shipping fee -- which almost certainly found its way to Jeff Bezos's corporate bank account -- but it didn't seem terribly overpriced in any way next to how much it must have cost to ship this to its original owner. Just check out CB's blog -- he can give you the low down on the ridiculous prices Topps was charging for shipping.
For the amount I paid for this card, I am excited to have it.
Then, there was another card -- a holy grail of sorts to any Yount collector:
It's the MINI!!!!!! (C) Night Owl Publications, All Rights Reserved.
I have been tracking the 1975 Yount Mini Rookie for the past three months. I did not want to get a card in fair to poor condition for $5 or $10 because I would then immediately be looking for a condition upgrade. I mean, I'd take one like that for my team collection, but for the main player collection, I wanted one with a semblance of sharper corners. Centering was not as important to me as looking like it is "new".
Finally, after a few months, I found this one for $25 all-in (shipping included) on eBay. I jumped on it and lo and behold, it's mine.
Now, I just need the O-Pee-Chee version, and I will have the trifecta complete.