Last July, I was really psyched because I'd won a 1960 Topps Mantle on Ebay at a reasonable price (around $35 shipped). I really do not care about condition, as long as it wasn't doctored or it isn't ripped. From the scan the seller provided, I could tell it was in very poor condition, with parts of the bottom of the card missing, maybe because some tape had been teared off. I could live with that and was surprised to end up with the winning bid (it usually sells for around $60 in poor condition, and they don't pop up that often). So yay, a Topps Mantle base card for me ! And one with one of my favorite designs at that.
First bad surprise, the seller sent it in a PWE to COMC. A PWE for a $35 card. A Mantle card. This doesn't make sense. Second surprise, for the first time, I received an email from COMC asking me if the condition was normal. And I've had some cards in very bad shape shipped over to COMC...I answered that indeed it was the condition as advertised.
And I received the card today.
I expected to be a little disappointed (I had seen the scan up close of the front of the card, and again, it's still cheap at $35), but what I didn't expect was to see how bad the back of the card was. It's ripped in several places and we're far from a 2x3 frame. The really bad part is that there's tape all over the front of the card, annihilating that great cardboard feel we all love. I did not want a laminated Mantle !
As always, buyer beware and I kinda knew what I was getting into, but I would've liked a better description and warning from the seller, and more photos.