Friday, April 20, 2012
18-Million and 1.2 Million
Money was on my mind this morning when I read that Derek Jeter's Manhattan apartment is for sale. The 88th floor, 5,400 foot domicile is up for sale. I've seen pictures. Wow, it's breathtaking. But not for 18-million dollars. That's the asking price. A little out of my price range. A little as in 17-million, 995-thousand dollars over my price range. For 18-million I'd want the entire building! The other money related matter that caught my eye was the sale of the 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card. Some guy from New Jersey, a rich guy I'm assuming, bought the rare card for 1.2 million dollars. There are only 60 or so Wagner cards known to exist of the 200 printed. Wagner had the cards pulled since they were manufactured by a cigarette company. Despite the lack of science at the time, Wagner said, "Smoking causes cancer and second hand smoke is also harmful to your health. That is why I won't allow my cards to be associated with killer tobacco companies. Smokeless tobacky is also dangerous." OK, Honus didn't say that. He was a great ballplayer but not that clairvoyant in regards to smoking. But there was something he didn't like about it. Anyway, I thought about which I would rather own...Jeter's apartment or the Wagner card if money wasn't an object. I would take the apartment in a New York minute. You can actually live in an apartment. You can walk, talk, eat, sleep and gaze out the window. What can you do with a baseball card besides look at it? Show it to other people to look at. I can imagine the conversation later. "Honey, what did you think of that Honus Wagner baseball card that Bill showed us?" "What do I think? I think Bill's an ass-clown for paying 1.2 million for it. What a schmuck." I love baseball cards. I have a nice collection myself, including some 1909 cards (none being a Wagner...dang it!). However, when you boil it down, a baseball card is simply a picture on a small piece of cardboard. I'm not paying 1.2 million for a piece of cardboard. While 18-million is a somewhat hefty price to pay for a place to live, I would much rather fork that over than a million for a baseball card.