January 14, 2009
Mail Day #2 - Rookie Heaven
Since the promise that I am focusing on Albert Pujols cards from 2001-2003, I have done pretty good. I picked up a 2001 Topps Gallery Albert Pujols rookie card on eBay at what I thought was a great price, and now that I have seen the exact card in person it was a steal. The centering appears to be near perfect, sharp corners, sharp edges - definitely BGS/PSA material. The seller also took the time to wrap this card in like 5 paper towels, tape it up, stuff a box with tissue paper and send it in a box as opposed to a bubble mailer. I thought that was a great thing to do, it's nice when sellers have the sense to mail you something in the way that you would think to send it. If I were crazy enough to sell a Pujols rookie, I would probably mail it in the same fashion for over-protection.
I am very pleased with this card, and I have to say I am rather fond of the Topps Gallery series. It is like an early Masterpiece set, but from Topps. I actually snagged this card after coming home from that card shop that had the 2001 packs for $2. This made a lot more sense to me, and I am glad I didn't buy any packs because this was by far a much better choice.
After all the responses I got back on the grading/not grading topic, I definitely think this will end up getting graded. My problem is that I would rather spend that money on cards that sending it away for a fancy case. Obviously, this will depend on my mood Friday.