Like many baseball card collectors, I've been a fan of the Topps Archives Signature Series autograph release that we've seen for a couple of years running now. While the gamble on a one-card unopened box isn't my thing, I have encountered quite a few singles on the secondary market that have captured my interest. Today's autograph is the latest example of one such card:
Tony Fernandez here is the second one I've landed, joining Marquis Grissom. I prefer this one to the Grissom card though, as it uses the technique of blending a photograph of the player's head with a cartoon body. These partial caricatures were always my favorite Topps Kids cards during my first go-round at collecting.
I know these autographs in particular are really a niche thing, and don't hold much value, but that's not why I collect cards to begin with. It made my day when I was fortunate enough to win one of the 13 copies of this card that Tony Fernandez held in hand and autographed for less than $8. A prime example of how you don't have to spend a lot of money in our hobby to have a lot of fun.
Like I said, I haven't seen too many of these. In fact I'm not aware of any others for sale on COMC or eBay, at least not where the seller isn't asking an outrageous price. If I never acquire another though I'm more than happy with the nostalgic value that the pair I do own provides.
Were you collecting in 1992, and if so do you remember what you thought of the Topps Kids set?
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