Contemplating Over the 1952 Topps High Numbers

Well, yesterday I ended up winning an auction that I wasn’t expecting on winning. And now that I have won it, I have been contemplating adding another challenge to what has already been a project over 25 years in the making. I will tell you about that auction later but first here is a little background about my lifetime project. About 25 years ago, I decided to start a complete Topps set run – a set of cards from every year Topps has existed from 1951 to present in solid EX or better condition. This was quite a challenge but I am one not to back down easily. I started by trading my extra 1989 Topps sets back in 1989 and 1990 which I had zillions of for older sets such as 1985 through 1988. I kept working my way backwards and it did not take me long to have sets from every year of the 1980’s. However, it was very difficult to trade my extra 1989 Topps sets to anyone for sets in the 1970’s so I had to come up with a different strategy. Back in the early 1990’s, the only ways to obtain cards were from card shows or card stores. Then along came the internet and everything changed! I decided to begin making trades online when I was in college. This was back in 1992 when most people have not even heard of the internet. My roommate had a Prodigy internet account and allowed me to use his account as long as I paid him back. Back then, internet providers charged by the minute and it costs 25 cents just to send an email. It ended up being costly to trade online but it was a great experience to find reputable people in chat rooms and forums that were willing to help me with my huge undertaking. I was able to get the 1976 through 1979 Topps sets while in college via trading on the internet. After college, I attended as many card shows as I could. I even set up a booth at a few just to trade and talk about baseball cards. I continued to work my way backwards on my Topps set quest and by the time I was 25 I had completed a Topps set from my birth year, 1971, to present. At 25, finding older sets from reputable dealers online was becoming very difficult. I decided to hold off on my quest and take a break for a year or two. Then, a friend of mine told me about an online auction site, eBay. This changed everything about baseball cards. I felt sorry for most card stores because eBay put them out of business. Buyers no longer had to go to physical stores to buy cards. Now, they could buy them online and at much cheaper prices. The card stores that are around today exist because they have been able to adapt to the changes in customer’s habits. So, in 1998, I started an eBay account and began buying up cards in the 1950’s and 1960’s. A few of my purchases were partial sets. Before I knew it, I was able to piece together my childhood dream set – a 1957 Topps set in EX condition! After many years of amassing cards, I came to the realization that I will most likely never complete the highly coveted 1952 Topps set. Nor would I be able to complete the 1951, 1953, and 1954 sets. They are simply too expensive. So, after mulling it over, a few years ago I decided to sell off the 1951 through 1954 Topps cards in my collection and just begin my collection with 1955. I continued to build on my sets and now I have a complete Topps set run from 1967 to present plus completed sets from 1957, 1959, 1964, and 1965. Then, last year I decided to try to slowly collect cards from 1951 through 1954 again only this time I would not be so picky on condition. I decided to collect the 1951 through 1953 sets in PSA 2 or better and the 1954 Topps set in PSA 3 or better. I have quite a few from these years as the commons are relatively inexpensive to find in lower conditions. Now, back to the card I started to tell you about at the beginning of this blog post. I have always wanted to own a high number card from the famous 1952 Topps set. As you might know, Topps announced that they had sunk the majority of 1952 Topps high number cases into the Atlantic Ocean due to poor sales and needed warehouse space thus the amount of high numbers out there is very scarce. Well, I have been scouring the auctions on eBay and most of the Topps high numbers sell for hundreds or thousands depending on condition. Even common 1952 Topps high number cards in PSA 2 sell for over $100 on average! I was lucky to pick this one up to what I believe was a bargain…

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I ended up paying $75.76 delivered for this one. It is my first high number since selling off my 1952’s a few years back. I plan on adding more but this will take some time. So, I wonder if this is something I should attempt to complete? It might take another 25 years to do this, but I think I am up for the challenge! What do you think?



1952 TOPPS BASEBALL ~ #33 ~ WARREN SPAHN ~ RED BACK ~ HIGH GRADE
1952 TOPPS BASEBALL ~ #33 ~ WARREN SPAHN ~ RED BACK ~ HIGH GRADE
$475.00
Time Remaining: 6h 40m
Buy It Now for only: $475.00

1952 TOPPS ~ #313 ~ BOBBY THOMSON ~ HIGH NUMBER
1952 TOPPS ~ #313 ~ BOBBY THOMSON ~ HIGH NUMBER
$240.00
Time Remaining: 6h 42m
Buy It Now for only: $240.00

1952 TOPPS ~ #313 ~ BOBBY THOMSON ~ HIGH NUMBER
1952 TOPPS ~ #313 ~ BOBBY THOMSON ~ HIGH NUMBER
$210.00
Time Remaining: 6h 42m
Buy It Now for only: $210.00

1952 TOPPS ~ #315 ~ LEO DUROCHER ~ HIGH # ~ HOF
1952 TOPPS ~ #315 ~ LEO DUROCHER ~ HIGH # ~ HOF
$480.00
Time Remaining: 6h 42m
Buy It Now for only: $480.00

1952 TOPPS ~ #316 ~ DAVEY WILLIAMS ~ HIGH NUMBER ~ ROOKIE CARD
1952 TOPPS ~ #316 ~ DAVEY WILLIAMS ~ HIGH NUMBER ~ ROOKIE CARD
$195.00
Time Remaining: 6h 42m
Buy It Now for only: $195.00

1952 TOPPS ~ #318 ~ HAL GREGG ~ ROOKIE ~ HIGH #
1952 TOPPS ~ #318 ~ HAL GREGG ~ ROOKIE ~ HIGH #
$180.00
Time Remaining: 6h 43m
Buy It Now for only: $180.00

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