2011 Allen & Ginter Hobby - I don't actually recall even opening a pack of these ever; not even in 2011. Let's see what we have inside! Prince Fielder, Travis Hafner (Indians! Waho...
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
When Super Rare Meets Your Favorite Team!
Well, Topps did something just different enough with the design this year that it piqued my interest, so just like with Bowman I figured I'd get a small sampling to evaluate for myself. Boy am I glad that I did!
When I got around to scanning the cards and adding them to my collection on Zistle last night though, I got quite a surprise...
What's really crazy is just how rare these things are. While the mini photo variations come 10-per-hobby-box, the full size photo variations like this one are apparently seeded just 1-in-7 hobby boxes! Considering this came from a retail pack, I'd think those odds would be even more astronomical. In any event, these are super scarce. A quick check last night turned up only two examples of this card on eBay, with the sellers asking between $40 and $60. Turns out this is probably one of the more valuable Red Sox cards I've ever pulled on my own from a pack or box.
I know some people find photo variation cards to be gimmicky, but to me pulling something this rare and having it be my favorite team is pretty spectacular. Upon making my discovery David was plucked from the stack of common scanned cards and given a crisp, new Ultra Pro one touch magnetic holder.
That's two really good retail pick-ups in a row. I definitely need to pick up something else in the coming days to see if I can keep this rolling!