August 4, 2016
My plan is to eventually start putting together older football sets, likely in low-grade. I will probably do it just to have a project and for the fun of it. I will likely stick to ones pre-1970, but there’s one post-1970 set that will be a challenge (and expensive). It’s well out on the horizon, but that’s why I picked up these cards.
If you collect vintage football cards, you know about the 1972 Topps High Series. If you don’t, you might find this article interesting. The only cards I have from the high series are the two Steve Spurrier cards. One I picked up on COMC in low-grade and the other was a Random Act of Kindness from Invest in Baseball.
These were on a Sportlots.com auction and even though I went a little higher than I initially said I would, I still feel I got them for a steal. Yes, they are low-grade but most copies sell for much more than I paid.
A search of recent sold items for each of these cards comes up with numbers I’d be very hesitant to pay for a common from a 1970s set. That’s even with those cards in mint condition.
- Jerry LeVias raw copies sell in the $8-20 range
- Jim Marshall raw copies sell in the $19-32 range
- Tommy Nobis raw copies sell in the $9-18 range
- Doug Cunningham raw copies sell in the $9-18 range
Yes, many would be willing to pay those prices to complete the set. Also, many people are worried more about grades and conditions than I am. With shipping, I paid less than $2 a card for these. For the way I collect, this is definitely a win!
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