Saturday, September 15, 2012

Adrian Gonzalez, We Hardly Knew Ye - My First Ever Printing Plate

I apologize to all of my hockey card collecting friends and readers that the balance I usually try to keep between baseball and hockey card posts has swung so heavily in baseball's favor as of late.  With the NHL lockout looming on the horizon like a black cloud I'm so disappointed as a fan.  Just as the sport was truly starting to make a recovery from the last lockout, and had secured the TV contract here in the US that it had pursued for years, and now this.  I haven't read all the news, and I have no idea what the problem is here other than the vague concept of the argument over revenue split between players and owners.  Frankly, I don't care.  I can't imagine that two groups of grown men who are all making millions and millions of dollars can't find a way to keep their profitable arrangement running.  Whatever the details, whoever is to blame, one thing is for certain...everyone loses.  I'm just having a hard time getting enthused about hockey cards against this backdrop.

Anyway, enough about that.  This isn't a post about the lockout.  Today's post features a new addition to my recent quest to accumulate as many Adrian Gonzalez Red Sox cards as I can.  It's my very first printing plate, actually my first 1/1 of any kind.

This is the cyan printing plate used to produce Adrian's 2011 Bowman Chrome card.  I've always been more of a set collector, so I've never really pursued printing plates.  I guess I always assumed that as 1/1s they were incredibly expensive as far as modern cards go.  When I started seeking out 2011 and 2012 Gonzalez cards for this player collection on eBay I was surprised when I came across this one.  It was a buy-it-now auction, and I snapped it up immediately at an even $20 with free shipping.  Seemed more than reasonable when I thought about the number of blasters I've purchased at the same price that didn't yield much for my collection.

One thing I've learned in looking at a few of these recently is that a printing plate can look pretty bland if you get the wrong plate color and card combination.  I was very satisfied with this one, because despite the empty border along the bottom, you get a really clear idea of what the player photo looks like.  Although there's nothing on the front that references this as being a Red Sox card directly, you can clearly see the Boston letters across the front of Adrian's jersey (which I believe may be airbrushed on this particular card).

Here's a look at the back.  I've been collecting for the second time around for over 5 years now, so I guess a 1/1 was long overdue.  I really like the concept of these printing plates, I'll be tracking down more of them for sure.

Do you own any printing plates?  If so, does $20 seem reasonable for someone like Gonzalez?

Adrian Gonzalez Red Sox Cards - Count
Total Cards - 17
#'d /2011 - 1
#'d /999 - 1
#'d /60 - 1
1/1 - 1
Relics - 0
Autographs - 0


Michael Chase said...

Thats very cool. I've always thought printing plates were very interesting. I've never owned one but it eases my mind knowing that some of them aren't ridiculously expensive.

Fuji said...

Congratulations! Considering I just spent close to $30 for a Kurt Suzuki printing plate, I'd say you got a great deal.

Personally... I could have purchased a few other Suzuki's in the $15 to $22 range, but I really wanted the one I got. So as long as you're happy with the plate you received, then I think you got a good deal.

P.S. I'm bummed about the possibility that I won't watch the Sharks skate this season too.

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