Have you ever spotted a card online that you had to have? The shipping is too high, the price for the card is probably too high, and the condition could be a little bit better.
But none of that matters. We are way past "I got a deal" here. "I need that card!"
There aren't enough of those card stories on the web. I kind of like those stories more than the "I got a deal" stories. Yeah, yeah, you got some cents off. We're all broke, I get it. But where's the passion for the CARD, man? The passion that says, "I don't care WHAT it costs"?
Where's the "yeah, I overpaid, yeah it was stupid, but isn't it GLORIOUS?!?!?!?"
This is what happened here.
Sure, this card isn't anything expensive, which makes the whole purchase thing easier, but it certainly falls in the Must. Have. category. For starters, it's Frank Robinson in a Dodgers uniform.
It's not easy to find a card of Robinson in a Dodgers uniform. For years I have settled for the 1972 Topps traded card.
This is a wonderful card. One of the 100 best Dodgers cards ever made, according to my count. But it's only one. I have like five cards of Jim Thome as a Dodger and he played in 86 fewer games as a Dodger than Robinson did.
I was so desperate for another card of Robinson as a Dodger that I welcomed this card into my Dodger binders:
So, yes, I absolutely had to have the TCMA Baseball Immortals card.
It's a set I love already, thanks to 1975 Topps vibe featured on every card. The set, which features every Baseball Hall of Famer up to the point of set publication, was originally issued in 1980.
Then the set issued an update in 1984 with every player inducted into the Hall since 1980. The Robinson card is part of the 1984 update, so I guess technically it is a 1984 TCMA Baseball Immortals card.
There were also updates to the set in 1986 and 1987. And it is my distant mission to collect them all one day. It shouldn't be too difficult.
I'm sure Orioles or Reds, or even Indians fans, are upset that Robinson appeared in this set as a Dodger, since he's much more well-known for his performances with those other teams.
But there's no way I would have overpaid for this card if Robinson was shown as an Oriole or Red.
Robinson is a Dodger. It's a beautiful must-have.