Bill Tindall, E.Tn.
Wood that gets your sap up doesn't come along every day and the days are getting farther apart as time goes on. So, buy the board and someday you will build something that it will be a top for. By then you can hand plane it and become acquainted with some with a 24" thickness planer or sander.
I have never regretted buying a special piece of wood. It doesn't have an expiration date.