Set: Sport Kings Cut Autographs
Card Number: SK-JB
This one is awesome. I set my spending limit on acquiring autographs to a total of $10 shipped. So that severely limits who I can afford. I’m not going to be able to snag a Ty Cobb or Babe Ruth. Also I can forget about contemporaries like Cal Ripken, Kirby Puckett or even Roberto Alomar. Which is why when a cut Johnny Bench came up on my low end I was shocked. I watched this one for six days. I knew it was not pristine, so I figured it would stay low. In the final 15 minutes it went from $3.50 to $7.50 and in the end I said screw it, set my bid to $15 and crossed my fingers. I actually won it for $8.25 but with $3.25 shipping (which is ridiculous by the way), pushed it to $11.50 a little above what I set at my limit, but i’m ok with it because it’s Johnny freaking Bench!
I have a stack of cards that need to be made into cut autographs but when this one arrived, I processed it through quickly! The cut itself is slightly creased, and quite old from the yellowing of the paper. Looks to be cut from a program is my guess. I could have gone with the Vintage Cuts design, which had a full boarder but I thought it would look so much better without the side boarders, so I opted for the Sport Kings look and I think it came out looking quite good. I am actually shocked at how cheap I got this one for. In reality it should have gone north of $12, as that’s just how rare his cut autograph (not as a card) is going for. When I originally showed this on Facebook, I got an offer for $40. I didn’t take it because I don’t think I could replace it much cheaper than that.
As for my total Baseball Hall of Fame totals:
I am now at 5 of 310, a very, very long way to go!
For reference, here is a picture of a certified Johnny Bench autograph:
Of course I have to put on his rookie card: