When it comes to my Oscar Gamble collection, I've been keeping things at a pretty solid simmer. There are quite a few base cards and cheap inserts that I could very easily pick up via COMC or eBay but I'm just not in a rush to get those - I'd love to one day knock a few of those off by digging in boxes and sniffing them out. But when it comes to the tougher, low-numbered parallels or the dreaded buyback cards, I pay closer attention.
I don't know why, but I love the buyback offerings from Topps. As much as I enjoy new cards, new sets, I really enjoy tracking down - and hopefully snagging these foil-stamped offerings. I've landed more than my fair share but have let a few go by due to the crazy expensive shipping costs from the States. I just can't justify paying $12-15 US for shipping on a card that might only go for a buck or two.
Thankfully, this current find broke the mould.
2016 Topps 65th Anniversary Buyback
#505 Oscar Gamble 1977
This is my third card from the 2016 season of buybacks and my first with the black stamp. I did a little digging and found that the black is actually the most common (standard) of stamps. My other two #WalletCard stamps are blue which is in the "rare" category. Nice.
I couldn't tell you what it is about the buybacks that just make me get a little more anxious or excited, maybe it's because I just never see them so that sense of rarity mixed with inexpensiveness (is that a word?) results in a fun time for me hobby-wise.
That is.....if the shipping costs aren't too crazy.
I mentioned that this card didn't have the expensive shipping cost associated with it. So what gives?
Well, I made a point of contacting the seller to thank him for the inexpensive shipping to Canada. He mentioned that he'd be putting the card in a PWE (plain white envelope), thus keeping the costs to just a simple letter mail stamp.
Cool.....works for me.
Showed up in perfect shape. It helps when the card is properly protected - even for a PWE. Low risk, big reward.
I wish more US sellers would go this route (even with me as the buyer taking all the risk of damage). I think.....heck, I know I'd be buying more of these buybacks. I've seen a couple more that are just too pricey right now.
Happy to cross this off the list and continue to add to the growing #WalletCard collection.