First, I found three Brewers I needed for my team sets or my player collections:
The Ted Higuera was the surprise of the bunch, because I didn't think I needed any Studio. Funny thing though: if you look at the checklist for 1991 Studio Brewers, you don't see the name Ted Higuera. That's because this is a Studio Preview inserted into the 1991 Donruss set. Hell, I didn't even know I needed this.
It's just a Sneak Preview, after all. I don't speak German so I haven't the foggiest idea what ASD are rapping about there. But it's got a good beat and you can dance to it, so I'd give it a 78, Mr. Clark.
Okay, a few other cards I found were a bit more exciting. The first trio of cards popped up in a binder with "stars & Superstars" and, for a change, the title was accurate:
Considering that the guy who collected these cards originally was from Columbus, Georgia, and that he collected these cards in the early 1990s and after comparing these to certified exemplars, I'd guess these are the genuine article. I just wish that the previous owner had take more care not to smoke or leave the cards some place where the white cards can partially yellow. Oh well -- it was free to me, after all.
And the closer to free, the better -- at least according to my fellow Wisconsinites, The BoDeans.
Then, finally, I found something interesting. It was a binder full of those "Front Row" draft pick sets from 1991 and 1992. Staring smugly out at me from the pages of the binder with his maroon high school uniform was this guy...twice:
The certification with each set said that each was one of "only" 5000 printed.
These two cards have me wondering if I should undertake my first ever foray into a card grading shipment. It would be purely for purposes of resale -- I really don't care about Derek Jeter, after all. Recent versions graded 9 sold for north of $150, while ungraded versions sold for around $75.
What do you guys think: should I give in to the money monster and re-sell them? Should I grade them first if I do that?
Or should I just hold on to them until Jeter is elected to the Hall of Fame in 2019/2020, thereby hitting a cycle of higher interest in him?
Let me know your thoughts below.