Yesterday at the card show, I had one of these rare moments.
Now in my many years of collecting, I have never seen a copy of this card. I didn't even know it existed. I guess I could say that about a lot of cards obviously, but I do "window shop" when I'm at the shows. I may not know everything about everything, but if I haven't seen something for decades and it catches my eye - odds are it's a rare find.
Mike Bossy auto /975
Told ya' it was eye-catching.
This sharp looking, hard-signed (in thin gold paint pen) signature from Mike Bossy was a must have as soon as I laid eyes on it. Of course only for the right price.
But this card spoke to me. The photo, the photo quality, the lighting in the photo even - all reeks of the early 80's and a time where hockey was everything to me.
Add to that one heck of a gorgeous autograph - in the sweet spot I might add - and the fact that I just have never seen a copy of this card.....ever, made me want to pick this up.
It had a $25 price tag on it and I asked if that was what it booked for. The guy said yes, at the time he priced it (which was a long time ago). That was my first indication that he has had this sitting in a box for quite a while. He was new to the card show but I remember seeing him occasionally set up shop at a store from years ago. Another indication that he's looking to liquidate some product.
I fired off my offer and he hummed about it. I told him I'd keep looking to see if there were any other gems in the lot. The nice thing about this card is that I could very easily have walked away at any point....and I think he knew that.
He countered just a little higher but I decided to stand my ground. I wasn't sure how much these have gone for recently and he was cutting prices in half for most of his cards right off the bat.
I didn't find anything else, and he agreed to my price. He had to go to the washroom...so I think he wanted to wrap things up quick. Even more to my advantage.
So for $10 bucks I've brought this home. I think it's a steal for an autograph of a Hall Of Fame sniper like Bossy. Not sure what I'm going to do with it yet. I might keep it, I might try to turn it around and trade it/sell it.
But it's mine for the time being.....just because.