1960 Topps Don Elston.
This beauty came in my 200 card lot. All-in-all the cards were pretty sweet but this one? Yikes.
Actually the corners were pretty nice but I think I went to eBay the day the cards arrived and found a better one:
Softer corners but at least Elston has a face. I like to pass along my vintage dupes but there was no way I could put that first one in a PWE. It went in the trash.
1958 Topps Hank Foiles.
The guy who sold me the big lot of '58s had them in a box in card number order. That meant that Hank Foiles here, card #4 in the set, was right on top. I remember immediately thinking that I'd made a huge mistake. The cards in the listing looked to be in at least Fair shape, most looked better than that. But if this card was representative of what I was getting then even at under a buck a card I was going to be very disappointed.
Luckily the Foiles card was the worst card in the box. By quite a wide margin. Again I had to wonder why the seller had even bothered with it. I didn't do as I did with the '60 Elston and find a replacement right away but I found one for sale on eBay from a seller I've dealt with and loaded it in my cart. I bought it a few days later with some others. Again the replacement Foiles card isn't perfect but it is perfectly fine for my binder.
The new one looks even better when placed alongside the original.
1962 Civil War News 'The War Ends'.
This card came with the original lot I picked up on eBay that averaged about a dollar each. It
It was obviously trimmed to include the card number.
With the cost of nice ungraded cards from this set being pretty high (routinely in the $7 to $10+ range) I did well with the lot I bought. So I didn't feel bad for paying $8 for the replacement
I'll continue to play the upgrade game with my 1958 set. But other than the Foiles that will have to be when I'm finished with the thing.