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.
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).
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
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