Friday, August 15, 2008

Mailbox Joys: My First 1954 Bowman

1954 Bowman #6 - Nellie Fox

This is my first vintage Bowman card. It arrived in today's mail, in a nondescript bubble envelope. But there it was... my first vintage Bowman card!

I absolutely love the colors on this card! They are bright and they really pop without being obnoxious. I also got quite a bargain on it. With shipping, I paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $11. According to most price guides, this card is worth around $80. I'd say that it was a bargain, but I'm not really in the practice of judging my collection by monetary value.

My collection means more to me than what it's worth. The only time I consult those pricing guides is when I purchase. Largely, so I don't end up paying a super high cost for a card that is available everywhere. Everything is in the eye of the beholder, so value is what you make it.

I suppose that value is good, if I ever get a large enough vintage collection to require insuring it. That wouldn't be for the monetary value. I would definitely want to replace my collection, if something were ever to happen to it. I won't think those dreadful thoughts right now.

I will just bask in the glow of my new vintage Nellie Fox card. It's one thing to have a reprint of a vintage card. It's quite another to actually have a vintage card. It feels different than a reprint. It looks different than a reprint.

I've always wanted a Nellie Fox card from earlier in his career. Now I have one. This is just another small step in my lofty goal to own every White Sox card. I still know that will never happen, with all the 1/1 cards out there. I just want to get as close to that goal as possible.


dayf said...

Be careful... once you start buying vintage cards, it's really hard to stop :)

Steve Gierman said...

I'm fully aware of that. :)

If I had more disposable income, I'd have a lot more than I already do.

capewood said...

Great card! I got a '54 Bowman a few months ago. Not as good a player as yours but I still love the card. I just picked up a 1940 Play Ball card which I'll post over at my site tomorrow.

Steve Gierman said...

I can't wait to see that, Cliff!

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