Monday, June 3, 2019

Live Auctions Over eBay Any Day!

I'm still chipping away at my goal of collecting every Topps Hank Aaron card from his playing career.

I went to an auction at my LCS this past Saturday and I picked up this 1962 Topps All-Star card.

Anyone else have live auctions at their LCS?

The card isn't in great condition, but it's in a lot better shape than many of the Aaron cards in my collection. I actually though the card might be trimmed, probably because of all the talk about trimming going on in the hobby right now, but after comparing it to other cards, I don't think it is.

What are your thoughts on all of the controversy right now surrounding "trimmed slabs"?

I think there are a few bad apples in the baseball card industry that are ruining it for a lot of collectors, in a big way. I don't think this is new, it's just in a new format. 


  1. I think that there only a couple of respectable grading companies out there, and they make boo boo's often as well. That's one reason I don't trust a "slabbed" card anymore than I do a raw card. I prefer raw cards, BTW that Aaron looks great to me. As for trimmed cards, if I see a vintage card that has perfect edges, I immediately look at the side view, usually you can tell if the card has been altered. Not to mention laying a card under it to see like you did.

  2. I wish my LCS did live auctions... actually, there's many things I wish they did, but that's a post for another day I suppose.
    That's a beauty of Aaron. Congrats on securing that one!
    I don't have any thoughts on the trimming scandal other than the baseball card world doesn't need the negativity or negative press.

  3. I knew that the card shop in east Mesa had a live auction but I didn't realize the one over by you did too.

  4. Didn't realize there was a "trimming scandal". It's existed for as long as I can remember.

  5. The trimming situation has been around for a long time. It is just becoming more aware because of the serial numbers placed on the cards these days. As for the vintage trimming, any distinguishing mark should be a dead give away that a card may have been trimmed. Personally I don't buy graded cards and actually prefer my vintage more "weathered" looking.

  6. If my LCS did live auctions... I'd probably go in there more than once or twice a year. I went to a card shop in Vegas a few years ago and they had a display case with stuff they were going to auction. It would have been cool to attend it, but I wasn't staying in town that long.

    As for the drama... it caught my attention as a guy who collects graded cards. I'm trying to learn as much as I can so I can make educated purchases. I'm definitely not going to let this scandal ruin the hobby for me.


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