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.
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.