If I were to make a formal list of things that draw me to sports card collecting in general or to picking up a particular card, there are a few obvious characteristics that would be near the top. Vintage, buybacks, and of course shiny!
I was at an impressionable age when the first refractors and other truly shiny cards first burst onto the scene in the early '90s, and I've loved them ever since. I'll be sharing some of my favorites old and new on the blog going forward under the aptly-named series of posts called "Shiny Cardboard".
Today's card is actually brand new to my collection even though it's over 20 years old now. Just arrived in my mailbox this past week. Check it out!
converted over to the YouTube platform. The checklist is 200 cards deep, with the first 100 featuring established stars of the game, and the second 100 featuring rookies and promising youngsters.
This particular card is from the "Best Performers" subset that falls toward the end of the veterans and stars portion of the checklist, and features the player superimposed over a home base shape. The standard cards have a diamond shape behind the subject. I hope to show one of those off in a future post.
What an absolute stunner in terms of shininess level. What I learned in the YouTube video about these refractors that makes them especially cool is the etching. Look how Topps applied etching to the wrinkles in Vlad's uniform, and the lines on his belt and his helmet. Even his batting shinguard has a little etching action going on! Apparently Topps only really practiced this etching in a very limited number of sets for a year or two before giving up the practice entirely. It's a shame, because wow does it make a huge difference in the visual appeal of the card. It's pretty amazing to see how far things advanced in the hobby in the decade between 1989 Topps and this blinding sight!
Until next time, stay safe and be kind!
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