The Mid-Week Hat Trick

Just Collect Scores Three Collections In One Day
  • March 12, 2015

Yesterday was incredible. But it didn’t start out that way. It had rained the night before, making the morning commute terrible, as the roads were still wet and covered with heavy fog - traffic was bumper-to-bumper all the way in. Wednesday’s at the office are always slow, coming off the two day rush from the weekend auctions, so that adds to mundane nature. Thursdays is a weekly auction night for us, so we spend the whole day gearing up for that. Fridays are always insane, as we make sure everything is ready to go for our Sunday auctions. So, Wednesday is just that day in the middle that no one likes, it's just kinda "blah", and yesterday started out no different. After a few hours of grinding through paper work, just all of a sudden, the tides started to turn! The weather started to clear up (I think it hit 50 degrees!), we were ready to order lunch, and the mail had just arrived. That very moment, when we all saw the postman lugging in those packages, was when the day went from being "blah" to being awesome. We received the two vintage card collections that we've been waiting for! And wouldn't ya know, about a half hour later, we got confirmation that we'd have an "in-office" appraisal later in the day as well!

We’ve never had a Wednesday like that. Heck, we haven’t had ANY day like that in recent memory. We usually purchase four, maybe five collections a week, whether it’s through the mail or by appointment. It’s been pretty consistent like that for a while now, but yesterday was different. We actually got in three awesome collections... and we bought all three! Hat trick! The first collection was rather large and consisted of a nice run of sets, the second collection was extremely small but rare, and the third was a collection of stars and rookies, varying in condition. Surprisingly enough, the largest collection, which consisted of (16) complete sets, was not our in-office appointment yesterday – we received this collection through the mail! The gentlemen actually lived too far away to make the trip down from Upstate NY, so he just shipped it to us.

The Wisconsin Exhibits Collection

Let’s start with the most unique collection. What this collection lacks in quantity, is made up for in rarity. The collection only consisted of nine cards, with five of them being the bread-and-butter. Now, why would we go through all this trouble just for nine cards? Well, that’s because they were extremely rare, and are infrequently found throughout the hobby. The five cards in particular, were Four-On-One Exhibits baseball cards from 1936-38. One example features Dizzy Dean, Pepper Martin, Ducky Medwick and Lon Warneke, while another example features Paul Derringer, Ernie Lombardi, Lew Riggs, and Phil Weintraub! Aside from the Four-On-Ones, three other cards in the collection were exceptional as well. They were the W467 Exhibits Wrestling cards from the 1930’s, something we haven’t seen in years! All of the cards ended up being in lower grade (VG to EX), but that doesn’t stop them from having any value – which is the exact reason why we purchased this small group of cards. Check ‘em out:

The woman who sold us this small collection said she actually found these cards just sitting in a drawer! What a find! We are so glad she took the time to contact us about her collection.

"For over ten years they sat in the little tin box in a desk drawer. I had no idea how to get a fair price for them and to get them into the hands of someone who could truly appreciate them. Late one night I looked to the Internet for guidance on achieving these goals. I read web site after web site, looking for the right place. When I found Just Collect, I knew I was in the right place. The process was very simple and seemed fair. Dave, from Just Collect, was great. He got back to me quickly, provided an easy way to get my cards assessed and promised a fast offer for the cards. He was very clear on their process and I was impressed with both the clarity and the sense of honesty I felt in talking with him." -Kathie, from Wisconsin

The Rochester Football Set Collection

This collection hails from Upstate New York, assembled throughout the childhood of the collector. Football was his sport, as he put together many sets, which took years to complete. After a few decades of cherishing the collection, he finally decided it was time to part ways. He ended up selling his best sets from the collection to us. Obviously, we were very pleased that he contacted us first and was ready to sell – two things that made the process seamless. After a short conversation with our specialist, he decided to mail in fifteen (yes, fifteen!) complete sets of football cards, one complete set of 1969 Topps Baseball, and another binder full of various stars! It was quite the collection. Here’s the breakdown of sets:

  • 1958 Topps Football
  • 1960 Topps Football
  • 1965 Philadelphia Football
  • 1967-70 Topps Football
  • 1972-76 Topps Football
  • 1984 & 1986 Topps Football
  • 1984 Topps USFL
  • 1969 Topps Baseball

The condition for all the sets were again, “collector grade” – which is expected when you assemble sets card by card. But, they did include most of the key rookies from the post-war era, including a 1958 Topps Jim Brown, 1968 Topps Bob Griese, ’69 Topps Piccolo & Csonka, 1972 Topps Roger Staubach, 1984 USFL Jim Kelly, Steve Young & Reggie White, along with a few Jerry Rice rookies from 1986 Topps. Also included in the collection was a single baseball set from 1969, which included a Reggie Jackson rookie and a nice Mickey Mantle!

The Rookie Collection

Ok, the day had already gone pretty well so far. We just purchased two great collections, the weather had finally turned, and we eclipsed the half way point of the week. Then, the doorbell rang – and the day got even better. We had an appointment set up with a gentleman from Pennsylvania, who had finally arrived. He dropped his wife and kid off down the street to get a bite to eat, then brought his collection of a few thousand cards in to be appraised. After going through the collection with our head specialist for about an hour, the appraisal was finished and we made him an aggressive offer. It took him all of about two minutes to accept, and he and his family couldn't have been happier.

The collection consisted of a few thousand cards, with a ton of rookies. I mean, anyone you can think of, from Jim Brown to Rickey Henderson, and everyone in between. He collected all four sports, and was sensitive to condition when it came to rookies. We have already sent a few off to get graded by PSA, which will be up for auction in the early spring. We are going to send a bunch more out to PSA for grading as well, but we wanted to show you the Montana, Gretzky and Ripken rookies first:

It was an unprecedented Wednesday, and in no way am I complaining! I wish everyday could be like that for us! You can watch a recap video of the collections below.


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