Card Manufacturer: Topps
Card Set: High Tek
Card Number: HH-RY
Card Type: Base Design Variation
Note: Rarest of the six variations
Once upon a time I was a pretty serious poker player. And I'll be honest I was pretty good. Good enough to win a trip to Vegas and make money in Vegas. I don't play much anymore due to my limited free time, but when I was big into it I picked up Doyle Brunson's Super System book. I don't know how many of you have read it, but pretty much Doyle lays down the basics and then tells you why he does something completely different. It's kind of funny. To paraphrase: you gotta use your gut.
Why do I bring this up? Well I've been feeling I could write a book on the timing of buying cards on ebay. And my first rule would be never to buy or go after the first one of something being offered it will almost always go for the highest price. So why would I go after, bid on, and win this card?
Had to go with my gut.
I have no idea how many of these striped versions actually exist, as a matter of fact I don't know if Topps will ever tell us. But knowing that these are the rarest of the rare base card variations, I had to try and snag one. Because even if the first one might go for the most money, if they are that rare my chances of seeing another one in the coming months once the High Tek mass ripping ends might be few and far between. As a matter of fact I've only seen one other one offered on Ebay and that guys wants $80 for it (he was trying to get $150 the first time he listed it). I've seen some speculation that this design might be as limited as just 5 copies!
So how much did I pay for this super rare variation. $11, well $11.25 plus shipping so right about $14. Did I over pay? I don't think so. As a matter of fact after I won it I was scared the seller might back out. Because I thought I got a screaming deal. This is one of those rare occasions you have to buck the trend and jump in. The fact that actual print runs are still unknown helped me a lot. It also helped that there are so many versions and variations and parallels that it's a little overwhelming. It was for me at first. But I realized that I'll probably be able to pick up the other 4 variations anytime. I know at least the two most common I should be able to pick up much cheaper in a couple months with the market is still flooded with them, but these rarer ones it's now or probably never.
So here it is the rarest base variation for the American League in Topps High Tek.