February 11, 2009
The Card - Book Complete (No Spoilers)
For anyone who has not read this book yet, I highly recommend you pick it up. It is a great story about how the Gretzky T206 was purchased by, in my opinion, one of the biggest schmucks the hobby will probably ever see and how it ended up in each person's hands over time. The story will make you want to keep reading to find out where it's going to end up next, and what other speculation will be revealed about it. The part of the story that was even more interesting were two guys that for years were trying to sell a T206 Wagner, but no one would help them for various reasons, and no one would grade their card. I could go on about other random things, but I don't want to ruin the book for anyone who hasn't read it.
It was very interesting to me, as someone who has auctioned all kinds of stuff on eBay, all of the memorabilia that was in auctions that was later found to be not authentic, or "mis-labeled". "Mis-labeled" by Sotheby's one of the most notorious and trusted auction houses in the world. I now also know that I can use the term "circa" to mean whatever I want because it really means nothing.
I will say that I will probably never purchase a graded card. I have never purchased one, but have had a few graded by BGS. After reading a little about the beginning of the "slabbing" world, I would be very leery about purchasing a card I didn't send there myself. The last two cards I sent were my only two Pujols rookies, and not to say I regret doing it, but if I had read this first I probably wouldn't have bothered. I have no intention of ever selling them, so from now on I don't see myself sending anymore cards to be graded.
If anyone wants to tell me what they thought of this book, I would love to hear it. I'd like to know what your opinion of slabbing, and whether or not this changed your opinion of some aspect of the hobby.