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#1 mrmint23

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 05:44 PM

First let me say its not the cards at the National that make it great but the people you get to meet....This was my third National in a row that I have been to specifically looking for a PSA 7 1963 Rose rookie centered.....and in one day not only do I get that 7 but also get an 8! Thanks to Matt I was able to purchase a 7....Crazy situation...I had found an 8 but the guy wanted 1800 cash for it so I was hesitant but wishing...Once Matt pointed out the 7 I asked the owner of the 8 if I could leave some cards with him in order to take the 8 and compare it to the 7..Those cards being 1953 Bowman Mantle Bvg 5.5, 1954 Bowman Mantle Bvg 5, 1956 Topps Mantle Bvg 5 and 1965 Topps Mantle Bvg 7(I had 1100 in those cards)...He said sure and off I went to compare and contrast...I decided on the 7 and then returned to the dealer to give back his 8...He said why dont we just trade...after playing cool and asking for an additional $100 from him...Matt pulls me over to the side and says...Your an IDIOT if you dont make that trade straight up..so I turn around and said ok I'll take the deal(Thanks Matt)..Later that night I sold the card to Matt for the purchase price so I could go get a 1952 Bowman Mantle PSA 6 and 4 Tiger Woods rookies...Over the next few days I also picked up a 1968 PSA 8 Rose and 1956 Mantle white back...I really enjoyed this show and the people I got to meet...Matt, Mike, Andy, Curt, John and most notably Neil and his son Raven....Neil (Dutymon) is a blast and has a lot of knowledge not only about cards but life experiences(especially about the Raiders) Finally, thanks to Mike I won a box of Lineage at the Topps meet and greet...that was a fun rip....Here are a few pics..Also got the Williams graded at the National and thanks to John for taking th epic of me talking to Bart Starr
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#2 mrmint23

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 05:45 PM

Sorry about the pics photobucket is not acting right

#3 cadets68

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 07:28 PM

Sorry about the pics photobucket is not acting right



Great stuff. I saw a few Rose rookies. I was surprised how nice they were, glad you got yours.

I did not meet any members. 8 hours a day at a show seems like a long time, but even after 2 days I know I missed some stuff. Including taking the time to meet fellow collectors. I did talk with Reid at BBCE and Rick Probstein. I had seen Reid around before, nice guy. I do not think I have ever seen Rick, only talked with him on the phone. Not sure why I was surprised that he is a little guy with a yamika, but I was. Talked for awhile with Tim at check out my cards. I am going to start sending some cards his way.

I always wanted to get some info from the collectables insurance people. They were there and answered my questions.

I did not hit the PSA booth. Normally I am there for awhile, but I did not submit anything and the lines were long so I avoided them. I spent more time at Beckett than I ever had. Short lines and people answering questions about their new site.

Fun time.

Shawn
Psa Braves/Brewer Team Sets Complete
1956 Topps Milwaukee Braves 17.39%
1957 Topps Milwaukee Braves 44.00%
1958 Topps Milwaukee Braves 15.38%
1959 Topps Milwaukee Braves 27.50%
1960 Topps Milwaukee Braves 100.00%
1961 Topps Milwaukee Braves 60.00%
1962 Topps Milwaukee Braves 71.43%
1963 Topps Milwaukee Braves 34.21%
1964 Topps Milwaukee Braves 52.94%
1965 Topps Milwaukee Braves 45.16%
1971 Topps Milwaukee Brewers 100.00%
1972 Topps Milwaukee Brewers 100.00%
1973 Topps Milwaukee Brewers 100.00%
1974 Topps Milwaukee Brewers 100.00%
1975 Topps Milwaukee Brewers 100.00% 
1976 Topps Milwaukee Brewers 100.00%
1977 Topps Milwaukee Brewers 100.00%
1978 Topps Milwaukee Brewers 100.00%
1979 Topps Milwaukee Brewers 100.00%
1980 Topps Milwaukee Brewers 100.00%
1981 Topps Milwaukee Brewers 96.88%
1982 Topps Milwaukee Brewers 84.38%
1983 Topps Milwaukee Brewers 89.19%
1984 Topps Milwaukee Brewers 77.78%

1985 Topps Milwaukee Brewers 79.41%


#4 Nascar360

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 11:10 AM

Cool

#5 Tedw9

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 03:33 PM

Great review and awesome pick ups! And you got pretty darn lucky with the Rose. It's a good thing Matt talked some sense into you, you got a great deal on that one.

How did you find the prices with the dealers?

#6 mrmint23

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 05:45 AM

Prices were mostly high with a few exceptions...But like I have said on other boards...Its a hunt and you cant leave a rock unturned...I have found the best deals from small independent dealers...Key is to talk to them kindly and build up a relationship.....Had one dealer say I "insulted" him for offering 275 for a 53 Bowman PSA 3...I asked his price which he stated 550 so I said thats to high and he asked for my offer...which he didnt like like and basically yelled at me...he was towards the back close to the concession stand...I told him thank you and I would see him and his card next year because no one was going to buy it for that price.




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