Thursday, December 12, 2019

100 Pounds - 100 Cards - Card #5

Today will be card #5 out of 100 in honor of me losing 100 pounds over the last 5 months.

There have been a ton of great players to wear #5 over the years, but Johnny Bench is a Hall of Famer and often regarded as the greatest catcher of all-time, so I figure his 1968 Topps Rookie card is a good choice for #5.

I picked this one up at a card shop. I think I paid $60 for it. They had two at the time and the other was $90, but I actually thought this one was in better condition than the other one. After I bought it I asked the owner why the other one was priced higher. He looked at them side by side and couldn't come up with a reason.

I picked this one up in a Facebook group. This is the one I gave away as part of my contest this summer.

I got this one just recently off the app Offer Up. I paid $20 for a 4 card lot, with this being the main card. The others were in better condition, but this was the star. With that said, if I break it down by card, I'd say I paid $10 for this. I asked the guy about the X and he said he asked his dad about it and his dad said he just didn't like Ron Tompkins.Even with the X, I'm happy to have paid $10 for it.


  1. Nice card. I got mine in Sep of last year for a little less than $30 (with almost $3 for shipping). I blogged about it Jan of this year:

    1. OH I sometimes think Ron Tompkins looks a bit like Tom Hanks, guess that means Tom Hanks looks a bit like Ron Tompkins.

  2. Love that card... the backward hat and the vest jersey. Just a classic.

  3. It'll be interesting to see how many more copies pass through your hands :)

  4. Such an iconic card for my least favorite set design of all time.

  5. Ha! Poor Ron Tompkins, its not bad enough that he gets overshadowed on his own rookie card, he also gets crossed out!

  6. Wow. I'm gonna guess that only a small fraction of collectors can claim to have owned three Bench rookie cards. You got some really cool deals on them.