The Pirate cards I did come home with were low end autos and relics. The one notable outlier was this beauty....
1964 Topps Giant Bob Clemente
When I was getting ready to negotiate my final purchase price with the shop owner he brought one of these bad boys out to show me. The crazy thing was he had stacks of all the high end guys from this set. He told me a few weeks earlier an older gentleman came in looking to unload a ton of these Giant cards. The owner bought all of them, sent a bunch for grading and pieced out the rest for individual sell.
After some negotiation the owner decided just to give me the Clemente card because I had spent a good amount of money on all the other cards. I was pretty pumped up. Right as I was leaving I added the Yaz copy to my stack to give to Mark Hoyle when I met up with him the next day. He did have that card already, but he happily took my copy as it was in much better shape.
From what I understand this set use to be very expensive, but several years back a whole bunch of these were found and hit the market. Obviously the big names still sell, but as long as you are buying ungraded copies it is affordable.
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