This card makes me laugh.
It has nothing to do with John Mayberry, who had a pretty good run as an elitish power hitter between 1972 and 1976 and was solid to above-average after that. He was even a very good Blue Jay for a handful of seasons before being moved to create space for Willie Upshaw.
My amusement is all to do with the cartoon on the back. (Sorry about the miscut – this is OPC, after all.)
I’m sure there are a large number of investments one could have made in 1977 that would have netted a substantial return, had one only known (a fledgling MicroSoft, anyone?), but dropping a grand on an Honus Wagner would have returned anywhere from a couple hundred thousand dollars to over a million.
Technically, it says that the card sells for over one thousand, but that still means it comes in under the next round number. That could be $1100 or even $1500, depending how you choose your round numbers. Even so, it’s a pretty solid ROI.
Anyone who collected cards before things went insane around 1990 will have a number of stories of “the ones that got away.” My worst is probably a very nice 1951-52 Parkhurst Howe RC that was selling for $135 around 1988. Went back the following week with the cash and it was gone. What irks me is that the guy would have held it for me if I had asked, but I didn’t.
I should note that the drawing doesn’t look a thing like the actual Wagner. Maybe you could get them for $1000 because they were very poor counterfeits.
For more about John Mayberry, check out his Baseball Reference page. I was kind of shocked. John was in the top three for RBI and OPS three times, top seven in home runs six times (twice as a Jay) and led the AL in on-base percentage in 1973. Hwe was second in MVP voting in 1975. Big John was a force to be reckoned with.