These two cards set me back a total of $25.
I'll let you be the judge of the whether I got a good deal or not.
Pure greatness. The 1969 Topps Nolan Ryan in pretty damn good condition. I'm holding the card in my hand (or was a second ago) and the scan isn't as nice as the card. That roughness on the top edge isn't nearly as noticeable looking at the card in hand. There is that little blemish just to the right of the "N" in Ryan. It's a real beauty and a card I've wanted for a long time.
The back looks just as nice. I honestly never thought I'd have this card in my collection and certainly not in this condition.
The '69 is not the star of this post however.
Let me introduce you to this amazing new addition to my collection.
It's not the prettiest card or the best designed set, but it is THE card I've been pining after for over 20 years. It's not perfect. It has a crease the runs from the "R" in Rookie diagonally down across Nolan's cap and over to the right edge.
You can see the crease a little better on the scan of the back. The centering looks really good on the front, but it's a little off on the back. I do NOT care. I am in love with this hobby all over again after getting this card.
A couple of trips ago, my friend the retired LCS owner, showed me a binder he had recently acquired when he purchased an entire collection. It contained all of Nolan Ryan's base Topps cards up to 1993. I was so envious of that binder. He told me he wanted to sell the whole thing to one person. I told him I was very, very interested, but that I wouldn't be able to buy the whole thing at once. He was happy to let me buy a card or two at a time. Well, long story short, I've purchased the first two cards from the binder and I couldn't be happier for two reasons. One, I have these cards and two, they only set me back $25.
I don't really need the Nolan's after about 1974, but since he's giving me such a good deal, I'll probably pick them all up and keep them together.
I bet you can guess where I'll be headed tomorrow.