You may have noticed from my Five Random Cubs Card posts that I was approaching the 10,000 Cubs card mark. I wanted to do something special for card #10,000; I didn't want it to be some scrub player from a junk wax set of the 1990s. I also had some extra cash to spend from my Star Stellar profits, so I could go for something nice.
As I was trying to come up with an idea for #10,000 I kept thinking about this card
that I got from Trey around Christmas time. It was very cool to have a Johnny Evers relic card. But that got me thinking...how cool would it be to also have a Johnny Ever baseball card. And the real deal, not some reprint.
I knew what I would be my 10,000th Cub card...a T206 Johnny Evers.
I've got reprints of all of the Cubs T206 cards, but going after the originals was going to be different. I spent a week or so looking over different auctions and completed sales just to get an idea on price. I decided that condition wasn't going to be super huge. I didn't was a card with creases or paper loss, but I didn't need sharp corners. After all, the card was going to be over 100 years old.
I also decided to get a graded card. That way I didn't have to worry about authenticity or card doctoring. I settled on either a PSA 2 or 3. They weren't the lowest grade, and they're in my price range. I also decided to get the bat, Chicago on shirt version. There are there different Evers T206s, but this version matches the relic card. I thought they would look nice displayed next to each other.
With my card choice settled, it was a matter of watching some auctions and waiting. It took only a couple weeks for me to acquire this.....my 10,000th Cub!
I was very please with the look and condition of the card. Though its only a 2, it seems to be in great shape. The corners don't look bad at all for a 2. The only disappointment for me is that, being a graded card means I don't get to handle the card, just the plastic holder.
This is my first grade card, and I've intentionally stayed away from them because I'm a tactile person. I like the feel of the cards in my hands. Having it in the holder robs me of that. I'm very tempted to crack it out of the slab. After all, I know its authentic, and as a 2, if I get it re-graded some day I don't have to worry much about a lower grade.
So why should I keep it slabbed? Or do I crack it and hold it!
Should I take a Chance and Tinker around with the card? And do you want to take a guess on the next two T206 cards I'm chasing?