Tuesday, March 13, 2018

1957 Ted Williams!

I was out the other day, about to see that play my friends were in when I saw a tweet from Raz about an eBay coupon for 20% off a purchase $25+. I only had a little while till it expired (and the play started), so I rushed to find something to use it on. Last time I caught wind of a similar coupon code, I snagged myself a 1957 Topps Hank Aaron. This time I returned to the '57 well, first taking a look at Yogi and Pee-Wee before ultimately deciding on a Ted Williams.

I went with a graded specimen just because of concern over counterfeits (or as they're often known on eBay, "artificially-aged reprint that doesn't say it's a reprint", like that makes it ok), so at least now I can be reasonably assured it's real.

This was definitely a big one to check off my '57 setbuild. While I consider it a long-term project, not expecting to finish it anytime soon, I've made good strides in the past week thanks to this and a few nice card show pickups I featured the other day Currently 22.54% complete, with 94 out of 417 cards. Plus I'm in trade discussions with a fellow blogger that could knock off several more needs, not to count my chickens before they hatch.

Anyways, Ted is the first card in the set, so that makes it a bit more condition sensitive. This one is well-loved, for sure, as well as being off-center, but still looks nice enough. I wouldn't rule out upgrading it someday down the line, but serves my purpose just fine for now.

I believe this is the first time I bought a card on eBay through my phone. But yeah, worked fine. While I would have liked more time to research it, looking at completed auctions, factoring in the 20% discount that's not reflected, it's easily the cheapest sold PSA 2 '57 Ted that shows up, so I think I got a good deal on it.

As for the man, what can you say? Perhaps the greatest all-around hitter in the history of the game. On top of that, a war hero and world-class outdoorsman. Just an all-time badass.

This is my first playing-days Ted Williams card not counting one from the Fleer set dedicated only to him. Definitely a great one to pick up. Very nice addition to my collection, and a key card checked off the '57 set I'm working on.


  1. well, i guess i know what not to bring to portland now.

    1. Aw dang, seriously?! That's a bummer. Well, thanks for thinking of me. I'm sure you'll have no trouble finding it a good home elsewhere.

    2. No, I was kidding. My only 57 Ted Williams isn't going anywhere.

    3. Oh, you stinker! :P lol

      I could definitely use a Drysale RC or Koufax if you've got extras laying around.

  2. Awesome card! You can never have enough vintage Williams sitting in your collection. I took advantage of that 20% coupon too and was finally able to cross a major want off of my list. Can't wait for it to arrive, so I can blog about it.

  3. Jealous! That one's near the top of my want list, though I'm guessing it'll be a while before I can find a copy of my own.

  4. Great card Gavin, I've got a graded copy and it's among my most prized pieces of cardboard as well. You're off to a great start on the '57 set!

  5. Great card. I am currently going through my father-in-law's set of 1957 Topps he gave me before he passed away. He told me to sell them when my boys got ready to go to college. Still going through and writing everything down but I'm guessing it is 75% complete. Don't have the heart to sell them. It would be nice to know what they are all worth.