My theory is “Don’t pay more for the entire collection than you can get for selling the big cards. Keep whatever else I want and dump the rest as quickly as possible.”
Sometimes it’s easy to sell the big cards and sometimes it’s not. I had little hesitation selling a 1976 Topps Walter Payton rookie card. Sure I would have loved to keep it, but it has to be done. So I did it. I am trying to focus on baseball cards. I say that but I can’t get myself to get rid of some 1986-87 Fleer basketball cards that were the big cards in another collection I bought. No Jorfan, but some other big names.
But that’s not what this post is about. This post is about some of the cards that aren’t big cards, but that I decide to keep.
For me there are two reasons I keep a card. I have either wanted it previously or never knew it existed.
Here are some cards that I never knew existed.
Now I know what you’re thinking. “Um, this is a 1984 Topps Cal Ripken card. What do you mean you didn’t know this card existed?” Well, this isn’t a 1984 Topps Cal Ripken card. It’s a 1984 Topps Super Cal Ripken card. The “biggest” difference between the 1984 Topps and the 1984 Topps Super Card is the size. The Supers are 5x7 compared to the standard card size.
There are just two other differences, which are found on the back of the card.. The card number, which on the regular card is #490. The 1984 Topps Super set is a 30 card set numbered 1 - 30. Cal Ripken was rewarded with card #1 in the set due to the second difference which is at the bottom of the card, which states “*** EXTRA *** Selected 1983 A. L. MVP”
Are you familiar with the 1984 Topps Super set? If not, you will be now because I’m going to show off the 30 card set. From what I can gather, these came in one card packs. I didn’t start collecting until 1988, but I’d love to hear from some of you that remember buying and/or collecting these cards back in 1984.