Fifty-thousand dollars is a lot of money. It could easily be spent on one card or a ton of cards. If I had 50k to spend on eBay and only 15 minutes to use it I would make a few purchases, but I probably wouldn’t even come close to spending it all. Instead I would use a portion to help better The Hobby by removing fake cards from circulation.
Lets begin with what I would purchase for my personal collection. I would amass the most complete Harry Kalas collection anyone could ever obtain. The first cards I would go after would be his 2004 & 2005 Upper Deck Sweet Spot autographs. The base versions sell for around $90.00 a piece. These would then be followed by all the various ink/stitch color variations Upper Deck came up with between the two Sweet Spot sets. Kalas has a total of about 11 cards for collectors to find. Besides some of the Sweet Spot autographs, his most rare autograph comes from 2004 Fleer Greats of the Game. It would be the dual autograph of Schmidt and Kalas which is limited to only 25 copies. I have never seen one up for sale, but if one did surface I’m sure it would hit $400.00+. In addition to the Harry Kalas cards, I’d like to throw in an Alexander Cartwright cut signature too. Specifically the one found in 2007 Donruss/Playoff National Treasures.
I’m not that big of a vintage collector. I usually prefer some of the more modern stuff. With that being said, I would purchase some vintage cards. I would like to add a Connie Mack 1887-90 Old Judge card to my collection. Old Judge tobacco cards were some of the first mass produced baseball cards in history. Being able to own any Old Judge card can be a cornerstone to a collection, but finding one of a HOF player is even better. Depending on the condition, they can easily reach into the thousands. Some of the other rare vintage cards I would add to my collection include a Cap Anson 1888 Goodwin Champions #2 and a Mike “King” Kelly 1887 Allen & Ginter tobacco insert.
If I had the 50k today, I’d probably just stick with baseball stuff. I might pick up a Jake Scott 2002 Topps Ring of Honor autograph though. All in all, I’m estimating my loot would cost around $30,000 to $35,0000. That means I could possibly have $15,000 to $20,000 let over. Do you want to know what I’d do with that money? I would purchase as many counterfeit cards I could find on eBay just to take them out of circulation. I know handing money over to a forger sounds terrible, but at least the cards would be destroyed where no other uneducated collector find out down the road that great card they bought isn’t real. It would even be better if an organization could be formed after this to help remove all fakes from the marketplace. Perhaps after obtaining each counterfeit card, that seller could be banned from eBay for life.