Mine came in the mail yesterday afternoon. I found out about it at Wax Heaven here. And Mario wasn't kidding. It is awe-inspiring. Drop dead gorgeous.
Robert Edward Auctions is making a whole bunch of historic cards available for amounts of money I will never have. But I do get to look at all the pretty pictures. And there certainly are a lot of them -- 640-plus pages worth of cards, plus all kinds of other memorabilia. It's really the history of baseball cards in one catalog. It will probably take me years to absorb all of it.
But here is just a glimpse of what I've seen in the few short hours I've had this thing. Keep in mind, I know nothing about auctions, and the history of old cards is really better left up to people like dayf. So, the knowledgeable commentary will be at a minimum.
"This is an extremely pleasing low-grade, and therefore relatively affordable
example of one of card collecting's most significant rarities."
"In 2002, a European man who recently settled in the United States was remodeling
his newly acquired home in Florida, and while rummaging around in the attic
found an old trunk filled with nearly 350 virtually pristine T206 White Border
cards and a handful of T205 Gold Borders. The man was not a baseball fan and all
the names on these cardboard treasures were completely unfamiliar to him."
Honey, fire up the credit card.
But I'll end up with the usual Christmas goodies because I won't be getting any of this stuff. Instead I'll just have to settle for drooling on the pages of this catalog, and this:
Seriously, if you want to stare at all kinds of cool cards from Turkey Red to Play Ball to 1960s Topps to (gack!) cut signatures, you need to get this thing. And if you can afford the stuff in the catalog, I have one question for you:
Will you adopt me?