Thursday, September 29, 2016
Some hard to find items arrive in an envelope.
It's a strange card collecting world that we live in when some of the toughest cards to nail down are ones you used to find on big box store shelves. Retail exclusive inserts, parallels, and what have you can be a bit of a burden to find soon after they are released to the wild, so it was very nice to snag a couple from Mark Kaz. There are no case breakers in the retail word (as far as I know...) so you're never likely to see a million copies of this kind of stuff on ebay. I've been a big fan of (some) of the retail inserts from a few of the somewhat recent Topps Heritage sets, so they are a part of my giant master want list.
From 2011 through 2014, there was a black bordered version of each of the cards also selected for Chrome-ification, all printed on the same stock as the regular Heritage cards from that year. This worked especially well in 2011 with a darker version of the wood grained borders, but I still like to try and get the black bordered cards from the next three years. In 2015, Topps went with some retail-only shiny foil (non-Chrome) parallel that was similar to what they've done with the past two flagship sets, but it doesn't interest me. I can't even recall what they might have done this year, maybe nothing?
Two more cards down, several million to go!