When I was putting together yesterday's Never Have I Ever" post, I started to accumulate more "nevers" then I thought I would and before things got out of hand, I ended the post. Safe to say, there's plenty in this hobby I still haven't done. And likely will never do.
But one thing I had intended to add to the "never have I evers" is contained in the photo above.
Never Have I Ever: purchased a penny sleeve.
Not one. I have stacks, as you can see, of penny sleeves at my disposal, stored in an old 1975 Topps box. There are also packaged sleeves (you can see one behind the box) that I've received as a gift. I never expect to run out and I never expect to buy any.
Also, I have never bought a team bag, top-loader, card-saver, one-touch or screw-down. I've accumulated enough over the life of this blog that my inventory should last me forever. That's what a decade-plus of blogging and trading will do. When I started this blog, I had none of these card protection devices and shudder to think how I packaged the first cards I sent to people.
Anyway, moving on to today's blog topic.
The other day I ordered up a few more 1975 Topps buybacks for my completion quest. When they arrive, I will need less than 300 for a complete set.
Now, as I've written many times since I started this, I don't expect to find every card in the '75 set in stamped buyback form. There are plenty of star cards in the set that I've never seen before (Yount, Brett, Bench, Rose, Jackson, etc., although Shoebox Legends is still holding on to my Nolan Ryan '75 buyback!). And even if they do exist, they probably will go for prices I don't want to pay.
I still haven't gotten to the point of facing that brick wall. Still plenty of buybacks to get.
But I am getting closer to considering what to do when all the possible stamped buybacks are gone.
When that happens, I will likely have to try to purchase 1975 Topps autograph buybacks to obtain certain cards and continue the quest.
I didn't expect to be taking that step quite yet but as usual, someone else got me started early.
My first 1975 Topps buyback autograph. And it's a 1 of 1, too.
I received this surprise card from Greg (@grogg for Twitter folk). He thought it would be perfect for my collection. And it is.
This is one of the uncirculated buybacks from the 2004 Topps Signature Edition set. There are any number of autographs from any number of past Topps sets with any number of "numbered to's" in the Signature Edition set. I don't know what others are 1 of 1s.
But this card does answer what I'm going to do about obtaining card No. 244 in my buyback quest. I had not seen a stamped Buckner buyback so far.
I'm not sure what to do about storing it with my other buybacks. The lack of a stamp isn't a problem for me logically although my brain has a bit of an issue. There's also the question of whether or not to break it out of its case to include it with the stamped buybacks.
But I have lots of time to consider stuff like this. I'm pretty sure this won't be my only encased, stamped '75 buyback.
This card feels less like a rescue mission than the other '75 buybacks in my collection. The intent behind this collection quest is providing meaning for these cards again -- cards from the first set I ever bought -- as they sit unwanted on online selling sites because someone slapped a stamp on them (believe me, I've seen some those same '75 buybacks rotting on the COMC vine for three years now).
And that's why I will continue until I can't continue anymore, whether the cards are stamped or signed. Just as long as they're from 1975 Topps and they're a buyback.