eBay – 1990 Leaf Sammy Sosa RC

I’m getting closer to completing my PSA graded Sammy Sosa rookie card set. I found a PSA 9 Leaf card on eBay for $10 w/free shipping. That was the limit I was shooting for so I pulled the trigger. It was scheduled to be delivered today and despite getting the USPS alert for it being delivered, it was not in the mailbox.

I immediately knew the mail carrier had accidentally put it in the wrong mailbox. I checked the USPS website and they don’t allow a missing mail complaint until 7 business days after the item shipped. Now it was up to my neighbors to do the right thing and deliver the package to me or at least give it back to USPS.

While eating dinner this evening, I heard a knock on the door. My next door neighbor had found the package in his mailbox and returned it to me unopened. Awesome!

This card puts me at 50% in the PSA Sosa rookie card set. The rest have been ordered and I’m anxiously awaiting their arrival by the end of the month.

Cards in this order: 1990 Leaf Sammy Sosa RC #220 PSA 9

eBay – 1990 Upper Deck Sammy Sosa RC

I’m sure everyone is sick of me posting about Sosa, but I enjoy collecting his cards. Today’s mailbox contained the 1990 Upper Deck Sammy Sosa rookie card. This one is graded PSA 9 which is what my other graded Sosa cards have been. This card had a scary journey apparently as it was delayed a day by USPS for an unknown reason. It also had a slight hole in the bubble mailer, ironically right where it said do not crush!

The card and slab seemed in great condition though so the bubble mailer did its job. I like this card because Sosa has a nice big smile on his face. He had one of the best smiles in baseball.

This card puts me at 37.5% completion of the 8-card PSA Sosa rookie card set.

Cards in this order: 1990 Upper Deck Sammy Sosa RC #17 PSA 9

eBay – Sammy Sosa graded rookie cards

I was not thrilled with a batch of Sosa cards I got last month that had every Bowman RC with too much damage for my taste. I went to eBay in search of a better card. As I was looking at them, I found a graded PSA 9 version of the Bowman card for $2.99 plus shipping. I figured that going with a graded card would be better than taking my chances with a raw one especially at this low price. The same seller wanted $11 for the PSA 10. Now an $8 difference between PSA 9 and PSA 10 isn’t really that bad when you see the crazy amounts for other cards out there.

However, I didn’t want to spend that much so I opted to go with the PSA 9. Just for kicks, I looked in their store to see if they had any other Sosa cards and they also had the O-Pee-Chee RC in PSA 9 for $2.99. I couldn’t pass that up, so I bought both of them for $5.98 + $4 shipping. So instead of getting one PSA 10 card for $11 I got 2 PSA 9 cards for $6 + shipping. I’ll take that thank you very much! 🙂

I went to the PSA website and added my newly acquired cards to my inventory. They allow you to register the cards to various sets and to see what other collectors have in their collection. I joined the Sammy Sosa Rookie Card set since there are only 8 cards needed to complete the set. Since my cards are PSA 9, I fall towards the end of the list.

I’m not really trying to compete with anyone as I don’t have the money to buy all the PSA 10 cards. It’s sort of fun though to see what cards you need to complete the set. I like that it also tells you how many they’ve graded at a certain ranking. The O-Pee-Chee card has 89 cards at PSA 9 and only 8 at PSA 10. The Bowman has a lot more at PSA 9 (1,649) but only 107 at PSA 10. I’m pretty happy with my PSA 9’s right now.

I know I can’t buy graded cards all the time, but if I can find some this cheap I will pick them up. I just wish it didn’t cost so much to get your own cards graded. I’m looking forward to finding more deals on some PSA 9 cards. 🙂

1990 Bowman Sammy Sosa RC #312 PSA 9

1990 O-Pee-Chee Sammy Sosa RC #692 PSA 9

Cards in this order:
1990 Bowman Sammy Sosa RC #312 PSA 9
1990 O-Pee-Chee Sammy Sosa RC #692 PSA 9