I bought another lot of 1978 Topps cards on eBay the other day. I'm done using eBay now though, well, at least until it becomes a headache to track down the last few cards. This lot contained some of the more valuable cards in the lot and they were a must.
I needed to feel like I was going to get a good deal on Eddie Muray's rookie card. His card kind of defines the set and can routinely be found on eBay for a starting price of three figures. Here's one that caught my attention as far as asking prices go:
Anyway, my Murray rookie is NOT in "gem mint" condition, but I absolutely love it. Older cards should have character, shouldn't they? They may have been stored in a shoe box, left on the bedroom floor or kitchen table for a little borther to find, brought school bound in rubber bands... ahhh... good stuff. My Eddie has a ding on one corner and he's off center. No biggie, he's still probably one of the top ten cards condition-wise in my 1978 set. Truly a gem in my eyes!
Eddie is one of only two players in the history of baseball to hit over 500 homers as a switch hitter and the other is the legendary Mickey Mantle. I payed just over $20 for the lot below, which also contained a Jack Morris rookie card (not pictured), which I already owned. $20 for a lot that contains 8 hall-of-famers! Pretty solid deal if you ask me.
As it stands, I now have 528 of the 726 cards, which good for 72.7%.
Look at those sideburns on Dave Winfield! Whoa!