I used to read a book to my kids at night. It was a Disney Tortoise and the Hare with Donald as the Hare and Goofy as the Tortoise. Goofy drove and old beater in their race and ended up winning with his motto Slow and Steady, Steady and Slow, That's the Way to Go. This is how I have always approached my vintage team sets. With enough money I could scour ebay and fine every last Topps Red Sox card no problem; instead I try to find them on a budget. I have passed on many many cards because they just wouldn't fit the budget.
I got one card closer to my 58 team set. It was the most expensive one. While it may not be the cleanest copy I won it for $5.51. It is definitely in poor condition but it is still a Ted Williams from his playing days. (the scanner cut it short like that, it is a whole card and actually has pretty good corners, considering)
I would rather have a nice crisp copy but this one has it's advantages too. I keep my team sets in binders and it is hard for me to put a really expensive card in a binder page sometimes. But I have no qualms on putting this one in my binder rather than in a top loader.