By now you know I busted five boxes of 2017 Topps Heritage.. and you might remember that the biggest hit from those boxes was this Carlos Correa red ink auto:
This is one of the most valuable cards I've ever pulled, right up there with an Aaron Judge gold refractor auto, a Connor McDavid Young Guns RC, and a Marian Gaborik Black Diamond 1/1 auto.
It might even be the best card I've ever pulled..
Blowout Cards sent me a free Beckett baseball price guide with my five box purchase. (I wasn't expecting it and used a box cutter to...slash the cover :/) Obviously this card isn't listed, but the prices for Correa red ink autos from previous years are:
2015 Topps Heritage $600 ($400 x 1.5)
2016 Topps Heritage $500
That kinda blew my mind. I was thinking this card might be "worth" $150, $200 tops. If it is a $500 card, or even a $300 card, I have a killer Correa .. and a dilemma.
I'm not an Astros fan, or a Correa collector. And while I do love this card (especially the numbering) I have a lot of other collecting needs. I still have some high-value rookie cards to cross off my Upper Deck hockey card list. I can count on one hand the number of pre-war vintage in my collection; I've always dreamed of owning a 1941 Play Ball Ted Williams card. And then there's the '56 Topps set.
I just bought four PSA-graded singles on eBay for about $60 total. And now I'm tapped out. The collecting budget is depleted for the foreseeable future. I might be able to pick up a random pack or two at Target, but that's it.
Spending $60 on the likes of Gil McDougald, Jackie Jensen, Alvin Dark, and Al Aber got me thinking about how much more money I'll have to spend if I'm really serious about completing the 1956 Topps set. (My motivation for this is to collect, enjoy...and probably sell it in ten years to put my girls through college.)
I have the Warren Spahn, Sandy Koufax, and Phil Rizzuto. You know who I don't have?
Mantle. Mays. Aaron. Williams. Clemente. Robinson. Banks. Campanella. Feller. Aparicio. Killebrew. Kaline. Ford. Snider. Mathews. Any team card. And so on. That alone makes me want to give up on this project immediately.
I've told myself many times that if I just narrow my focus and collect fewer things, I have the resources to acquire something big. I can build a better Brett Favre collection if I sell/trade all my other football cards. I can buy better vintage baseball if I sell my modern prospects (it's why I sold the Judge.)
One would assume that I could sell the Correa and buy 1-3 big pieces for my collection - high-end cards I need for either the '56 Topps set, my Upper Deck hockey sets, or a team/player PC.
But I loathe selling on eBay, for many reasons (especially the fees.) I don't like selling high-end stuff on COMC, I don't have the money or time to sell/trade at a card show - and it's unlikely I'd get a fair deal there anyway.
Even if there was a blogger reading this with a strong interest in my Correa card - I wouldn't know what to ask for in return.
I know this is a good problem to have, but I really don't know what to do with this card. Any thoughts, ideas, advice? What do you do when a high-value card doesn't fit in your collection?