1996 Pinnacle Christie Brinkley Collection
When I first started collecting cards I lived in the Philadelphia PA area and there were any number of card shops and baseball card shows in the area. In those days I concentrated on buying packs of new cards and Phillies cards from the past. When I moved to the Houston TX area in 1995, I was disappointed to find an entirely different market. Baseball card shows were rare events and there was only one card store (since closed) that I liked. So I turned to eBay. I started buying hobby boxes on eBay in 1999. In early 2003, I wondered how difficult it would be to find specific individual cards. I picked up a recent Beckett catalog and pretty much picked a card a random, found it on eBay, bid on it and won it. This is what I got.
I paid $3.54 for it in January 2003. I didn't record the shipping but it would have been $2-3. At that time the card was listed in Beckett at $15. It's dropped to $12 now. I thought it was a pretty good deal. I've learned that almost any card I look for on eBay can be found if I'm willing to pay enough for it. I'm generally in the market for cards I can get for $10 and less. You'd be surprised what I've been able to find. I estimate that I've bought about 1,000 individual cards on eBay since then and maybe another 100 insert sets. This Maddux card is the first card I specially targeted to buy so it holds a special place in my collection.
No more Braves pitchers for awhile. Next up will be the continuation of my series on the 1993 Phillies.