Gainfully employed again, it's safe to spend a bit more freely. Though I'll be making less, the benefits of working so close to home freed up funds! I'll use less than 5 gallons of gas per month! I was filling up 4-5 times monthly at an average of $40 per! A card I once thought unobtainable is now a permanent resident! No sense in dragging out this announcement. Please meet Mr. Tiger, Al Kaline in his 1954 Topps card debut:
BOTH SIDES NOW
It isn't perfect, which would truly make this card impossible on my budget. The number of graded cards I own can be counted on Three Finger Brown's right hand. The card being graded gave me confidence to know this Kaline is authentic...and the price was right!
It presents well with no creasing plus good centering and color. While not PSA, SGC is a well respected vintage grading company. Most importantly, I look at this card and see Mr. Tiger in all his youthful glory, hitting and fielding his way to the Hall of Fame. It's a sweet addition. Only three Topps cards from his playing days are missing from the PC: 56, 66 and 75. The 71 needs replacing.
***While I have your attention, I want to show off another addition - this one to my bookcase. It's a rare occasion when Ty Cobb isn't the main focus of my Tiger collection.