As you already know if you are a follower of my blog, I recently decided to go for a low grade all PSA 3 1954 Topps set. Going for a 1954 Topps set in EX or better is simply just too expensive and unless I win the lottery, it isn't happening. I was happy with my two recent pickups of Ted Kluzewski and Warren Spahn. I am now just 248 cards away from completing this 250 card set! Yes, the quest has just started. After looking around on EBay for more 1954 Topps PSA 3 cards, I began to realize that these cards aren't very common. The reason being, I guess, is that people don't submit too many old VG commons for grading. However, according to the PSA registry, these cards do exist:
After studying this report, I have come to the conclusion that putting together a strictly PSA 3 set might be impossible because currently there are a few 1954 Topps PSA 3's that don't even exist. A couple of examples are #194 Bill Sarni and #206 Ray Crone. There are currently zero PSA 3's of those two. There are probably others as well. I would either have to wait until one comes available or buy some raw cards and submit to PSA hoping for a 3. So what do I do? I think there is only a couple of options. One, I could include grades PSA 2 and PSA 2.5 with my set and focus on completing the set with only PSA 2, 2.5, and 3's. It would be a lot cheaper to go this route but the cards wouldn't be as nice. Or, I can include grades 3.5 and 4. It will be a bit more expensive, but at least my set would be in a little bit better condition overall. Also, by expanding the range of grades of this set, I wouldn't be so limited when trying to find some great deals. Another thing is when trying to find some great deals, there usually isn't that much of a price difference between a PSA 3 and a PSA 4.
So what should I do? I would love to hear from you. Also, I would like to hear some suggestions on how to find some of these common 1954 Topps PSA 3 cards at bargain prices. You just don't see lots offered hardly at all. I also thought if buying a bunch of raw cards and then submitting them to PSA but that alternative is too expensive for me. Are there any dealers or websites out there selling low end 1954 Topps PSA cards? If so, let me know!
Craig from Texas
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