He wrote back quickly with a description (that ended up not being all that accurate) and messaged me back again quickly asking about my level of interest. I wrote back asking if he would consider letting them go for $120 and he responded saying he would if I could meet him that day at a location about 40 minutes from my home.
This was early in the day, right as I was getting ready to head to work. I checked my schedule and realized my first meeting wasn't until late morning so we agreed on a spot and I was on my way. It was an easy meet up and transaction - a little small talk, I got the chance to inspect the cards then decided to get them. He actually brought an extra card and threw it is so I got 11 cards. I think I did all right, feel free to let me know your thoughts.
I figured I would share them all, minus the 72 Clemente, in reverse order of my excitement level.
10. 1972 Topps Thurman Munson In Action - This was the throw in card and while I like it, it is one of the least valuable and I already have it for my 1972 Topps set build.
7. 1972 Topps Reggie Jackson - ditto from above (including the number of these in my collection)
6. 1962 Topps Boog Powell - A nice rookie card of Orioles legend John "Boog" Powell. From this card forward I am pretty excited about all the cards. I don't see me going after the 1962 set for quite a while but I will hold onto this for that day.
5. 1972 Topps Hank Aaron - I have this card for my set build and this isn't in the greatest condition but I am a big fan of Hammerin' Hank and this card in particular.
4. 1972 Topps Willie Mays - Hank is pretty high on my favorite list of ball players but The Say Hey Kid is even higher. I have one of these for my set and one in the Giants binder but I was happy to get another in this deal.
3. 1955 Topps Warren Spahn - 1955 is one of the least represented sets in my collection and while I think the look of the 1956 set is nicer, this is still a great looking set. Having a Hall of Famer like this is my collection puts a smile on my face. The condition of this isn't terrible, there is a ding on the top and the card is not centered well but I think it is a great looking specimen.
2. 1965 Topps Roberto Clemente - This is the card the seller was most impressed with - he has it in a one touch and told me it would grade a 7. Well if you look at the bottom left corner there is a crease so a 7 is out of the question. Regardless it is a nice looking card and once I get my 1972 and 1957 sets done or close to done, 1965 may be next on the list.
1. 1968 Topps Johnny Bench - While the 65 Clemente and 55 Spahn stood out in the pick, this is the card that really got me interested, a Johnny Bench Rookie! This is a card I asked for condition details and he accurately describe it quite well. It isn't perfect but I think it looks quite nice. I have been tempted to start a 1968 set build a number of times but the presence of this card and the Ryan rookie have scared me a way a bit. Having one in my possession makes it pretty likely that I will seek out a starter lot of base cards one day fairly soon.
So what do you think of this purchase? I don't think I broke the bank but think I did pretty well.