Generally speaking, you can group me in with the collectors who are only mildly excited at best at the prospect of acquiring a new relic or game-used card. While they may have been interesting ten or twenty years ago, the whole concept seems to have been watered down by "event worn" relics and other such gimmicks, and in some cases even questionable authenticity.
Last month though, my buddy Dave H of Wax Stain Rookie posted a relic card that had me absolutely drooling. Check out this image that I borrowed from his post:
I knew right away that I just had to make an attempt to land one of these for my own hockey card collection. They're not the easiest cards to find I found out; I believe they were limited to just 30 copies each. Understandable I guess given the size of the pad "chunk" used in the making of each card.
I quickly zeroed in on the card I wanted most from this set, and within a couple of days had tracked one down. Check this baby out!
I don't mind sharing that I shelled out close to $40 for this card, which is more than a quarter of my monthly allocated hobby budget in one shot. I wouldn't say I got a "steal" on it, but I do think I paid about fair market price given what I've seen a couple of others go for. Besides, this is the type of card that's rare enough that you could go many months or years without seeing another copy of it. This is easily the most I've ever spent on a relic or game-used card, and probably always will be, but I don't have any buyer's remorse here at all.
Seemed like today was the perfect day to show it off too, with Cheevers' classic mask making a prominent appearance here. Dave, thanks for the inspiration to track down this beauty, and Happy Halloween everyone!
Do you have a favorite relic or game-used card that stands out above all others within your collection? If so I'd love to hear about it in the comments...
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