I sold my COMC port last night. It was a tough pill to swallow, knowing that the buyer would make a significant profit off my collection. But in the end I accomplished my goal of clearing out cards I didn't want, while making just enough money to pay for cards I do want.
The port sale left me $10 short of a $250 Blowout Cards coupon (just so happens that $10 is the COMC port fee) so I needed to add some Paypal cash. I could have transferred ten bucks and called it a day, but I had a little leftover in the budget so I added $25. Since I wont be doing any more selling (or buying) on COMC until summer, this is sort of a 'season finale' for me.
Normally I would wait until the cards are in hand before I scan and discuss, but since I have no other cards in my inventory, these aren't coming home for a while.
1972-73 O-Pee-Chee Johnny Bucyk #1 ($3.45)
I'm not a fan of most 1970's hockey sets, but 72-73 is an exception. I had added this to my watch list as a potential grading candidate, but the back is a little too-off center.
Bucyk did collect his 400th goal (and 1,000th point) during the 1972-73 season. He scored his 500th goal early in the 1975-76 season, and ended his career with 1,369 points (25th all-time) His 556 career goals are 26th all-time but he may slip to 27th soon; Alex Ovechkin is just five behind. "The Chief" was selected as one of the NHL's 100 greatest players of all time earlier this year.
1972-73 O-Pee-Chee Garnet "Ace" Bailey #191 ($0.85)
Bailey and Mark Bavis, an amateur scout, were working for the Los Angeles Kings when their flight was hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. To my knowledge "Ace" is the only professional athlete who perished on 9/11/01.
I'm tempted to pursue the entire '72-73 Bruins team set, even though I have no particular attachment to the team (While I love the Red Sox and hate the Patriots I'm neutral on the Bruins and Celtics) I have always wanted a Bobby Orr card, and if I ever did acquire one this is the set I'd want. So maybe that's another long-term project. Too many projects!