Penny Cards? What is This? 1951?
August 18th, 2010 by slangon

Or Recent eBay Scores, Part 5.

When you’re cruising around eBay, do ever come across those auctions where the starting bid is only $0.01 and you say to yourself, “Yeah, right. Like that’s going to sell for only a penny.”?

Well, a few weeks ago I came across a couple of cards that were starting at $0.01 and had no bid and 2 or 3 days to go. I thought they were cool cards so I threw down a high bid of a buck a pop. I was not at all expecting to win both cards for a penny, but wouldn’t you know it, I did.

2004 Cracker Jack Take Me Out the Ball Game Relic #TB-MA Mosies Alou

2004 Cracker Jack Take Me Out the Ball Game Relic #TB-JR Jose Reyes

I don’t think I need to explain at all why I got the Reyes card, but I’ve always been a big fan of Mosies, even before he came to the Mets. I always thought it was cool that he came from a family that’s been in baseball forever. I also just always liked his approach to the game. I think it was Keith Hernandez (if it wasn’t Keith, it was either Ron Darling or Gary Cohen) who said that if you woke Mosies up at 6 o’clock in the morning on Christmas day and put him in a batters box, he’d get a single.

I also just really like the card designs. Of course the 2004 Cracker Jack set is just a rip off homage to the 1914-15 Cracker Jack set, which is itself a really cool looking set. I think that Topps did an admirable job coming up with additional designs that fit well with the base design of the original cards.

These Take Me Out to the Ball Game cards are actually the same size as the original Cracker Jack cards, which was 2 1/4″ x 3″. The Alou card was in Group J which was inserted at a rate of 1:149 and the Reyes card was from Group D which was 1:223.

Not a bad deal if I do say so myself.

One Response to “Penny Cards? What is This? 1951?”

  1. Yes don’t worry it is really not a bad deal. Your lucky to have both of the cards.

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