I would just take the refund and move on. Keep it and wait for a better copy, if it’s that rare you may not see another for a while. For what you paid for it, it’s not with the time to return it in my opinion.Posted this question/dilemma to the general baseball community. Also figured I'd get your thoughts too!!!
I have a situation I would like your collective advice on. I value the thoughts from the community greatly!
So, I recently purchased a 1998 Stadium Club First Day Issue #'d /200 card of Mark McGwire. Won the listing for $13 shipped. Pretty pleased with final price, as I was hoping to nail a copy for around $15. I think most of you who collect players from this general era know that these are tricky to find. There may be 200 copies, but they rarely seem to pop up, likely due to the only subtle differences between them and the base cards. So, while not an expensive card, I pain to find.
Received a few days ago, safe and sound. Now, I took the card out of the toploader and penny sleeve, so I could put it in a nice fresh set for my PC. I notice a few flaws not mentioned in the listing. Not putting this on the seller at all, they are not so very obvious, especially because the card came in a semi-scuffed up penny sleeve and semi-scuffed up toploader, making them difficult to identify. See pictures here;
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I circled the issues in red. Indent in the middle of the card, creasing at the top as well as creasing on the back, that runs half way down. All in all, not the worst thing in the world, but not a copy I'd like to have in my PC. I am torn between what to do; keep or return. If I keep, I will try and find an upgrade at some point, but nice to have a copy in the interim. I contacted the seller about a partial refund and he was receptive to the thought. He is offering to return $3, which would make my total purchase $10. I am mulling it over now. Let me know what you guys think!!!
I was always under the assumption it was the hologram that was different. I've never seen a retail version though so was never able to confirm that.Thanks for the replies and thoughts guys. I did wind up taking the partial refund and keeping the card. Like Joe said, just making note to myself to find a replacement if one ever pops up for a price I am comfortable.
On a separate note, I have another question for you guys. I was just browsing through my collection and found myself unsure of the following; regarding the 1998 Collector's Choice jumbo cards, what is the difference between the Cover Glory Jumbo and the retail Jumbos (of which the cover glory card is one of)? According to some research, seems UD made a set of Cover Glory 5x7 jumbo cards, available through wrapper redemption only. It also appears UD made some retail exclusive 5x7 jumbos, inserted into blaster boxes. Seems the Cover Glory card (card #5) made it into both checklists. Is there a noticeable difference to distinguish the two from one another? Any help/guidance would be much appreciated!!
That is what I would have assumed as well....diamond vs home plate hologram. Never seen one other than the home plate version. Also haven't been able to find any information about the other 7 players that seem to fall into both retail and cover glory checklists. If I get any info, I'll let y'all know.I was always under the assumption it was the hologram that was different. I've never seen a retail version though so was never able to confirm that.