I left a couple cliffhangers in last week's post about the Year of Dad, and I'll just clear things up now and say that the big card I was searching for and eventually found was a 1953 Bowman Color Pee Wee Reese!
I repeat: I now own a 1953 Bowman Color Pee Wee Reese! It's a piece of history that's basically unmatched in the baseball card canon, a masterwork I've always considered to be one of the most beautiful cards ever made. The only problem was that I was forced to admire it from afar. I'd never even sniffed the possibility of owning a copy. Heck, I don't know that I'd even call it a Dream Card, because it seemed more unattainable than any dream I'd ever had. Even off-condition copies routinely sell for at least $400-$500, and safe to say I don't have that kind of cash.
This was also one of the few times I was actually a bit picky about condition -- I saw a few affordable copies online, but they were all either creased to hell or in generally rough shape, obscuring the beauty of this incredible baseball card. It took a bit of searching, but I finally found a solid copy for a good price -- mine only has a couple small creases at the outer edges, and some light scuffing in the middle, minor flaws I can easily live with. The Vidal Brujan autograph I showed in last week's post basically paid for the Reese, and it seems serendipitous that the most money I ever got for a baseball card in turn funded the most expensive baseball card I've ever bought.
I don't know about you, but I'd make that trade every time.
The other cliffhanger I left, of course, was the contest to determine who would be getting the 1963 Topps Sandy Koufax my dad accidentally bought me.
We had 24 total entries in the giveaway, which I threw into a list and randomized three times -- and the winner is [drumroll]...
Congratulations, Kirk! Please shoot an email with your mailing address to me at nickpecucci AT gmail DOT com -- and feel free to let me know of any specific player/team/etc. collections of yours I can add to your prize pack.
Thanks to all who participated, and, in case I don't post before then, a (early) Merry Christmas to all of you who celebrate!