The Mother of All Cards!
Aug 7 2007 11:39AM
CLEVELAND -- The 2007 Topps Allen & Ginter product had barely been on the market 48 hours when one of the best cards available was pulled by a local dealer during last week's National Sports Collectors Convention.
Chad Smith, of Wolverine Sportscards in Westchester, Ohio, bought a case of Allen & Ginter from Dave & Adam's Card World on the show floor. Like many dealers, Smith lugged the case back to his hotel room to bust, with the intent of selling its key singles the next day.
Halfway through the case, she appeared. The 1/1 Mother Teresa cut autograph.
"We had been busting for a few hours, and about to quit at 3:00 a.m. (EST) when I saw it," Smith said. "I started shaking. I didn't say anything, but my buddy knew I hit something big.
"I didn't sleep all night after that. I knew I had to get to the Beckett booth first thing to get this slabbed."
encased the card in a tamperproof authentic holder.
Word of Smith's divine pull spread like wildfire on the show floor. While value estimates on the card have ranged from $10,000 all the way up to $40,000, Smith says he's already received an offer of $20,000, which he rejected.
We should know for sure next week. The card is now up for auction on eBay.
"I was kind of bummed we didn't get the one-per-case rip card," Smith said. "But I think this makes up for it."
-- Dave Sliepka