|The product of excessive fondling? Naw, just a few error cards I pulled from packs.|
Griffey looks dynamic, juking to his left but running right like a running back avoiding a tackle. A sweet action shot.
Hey, who likes cool inserts?
These popped up one per 30/36 packs. There are both A and B versions of these that you put together to form a disc. They are made of hard plastic that doesn't damage easily, and they are translucent in the photo sections. The fronts are refractive with one of those removable protective film layers that someone removed from this one long ago. I only have the A version, so the B version is high on my want list.
Here's a couple with the film still on:
At a scant 1:80 packs, this die-cut masterpiece is one of the coolest inserts ever made. Super-limited to a checklist of only 8 great players, the Heading for the Hall insert features the timeless look of the Hall of Fame plaque in lovely glossy cardboard. This is the one that all the other HOF-related inserts aspire to be but ultimately fail.
Check out this bad boy (but don't look directly into his eyes):
This Cal Ripken is the first individually numbered card I ever heard of/saw/pulled from a pack all at once. I bought a pack of '95 Leaf at Lakeside Mall 18 years ago and pulled this card. The guy running the kiosk flipped out and told me, "That's one of those serial numbered cards - there's only 5000!" I had never heard of this concept before, so I was pretty happy with myself. Being the stupid kid I was, I ended up trading it at a card show for a box of 1995 Topps Embossed Series 2.
Also, that was the day I learned to not trust old fat guys at card shows.
Thanks to eBay, I picked up another one recently for a nominal price. It is by far one of the great cards of my collection.
|300 Club - 1:18 packs - another great-looking set.|
|Statistical Standouts - 1:70 packs, numbered /5000 - embossed and very cool.|
|Frank Thomas insert - 1:18 packs, a set of only 6 cards, refractive and beautifully designed|
There's also the Gold Leaf Stars insert and the Cornerstones insert. Sadly I have no examples to scan for you, so I lifted some images from the Interwebs:
|Gold Leaf Stars - 1:110 packs, numbered /10,000 - this one may cost me.|
|Cornerstones - 1:18 packs - no Griffeys, but I spy Will the Thrill!|
Gold Leaf Stars features a star-shaped cutout in the bottom left and plenty of gold leaf and shininess. Cornerstones depicts great 1st-3rd basemen pairs. If you've seen either of the above cards, give me a shout!