Monday, December 20, 2010

The Hit of a Lifetime

Many of you who follow this blog or just read the blogs in general know that I was fortunate enough to grab a once in a lifetime card from a group break recently held by The Sandlot. The cards came via insured mail a couple of weeks ago and here's a few of the images of what I got.


I really like the Topps Unique design, although it's not usually the type of set I'd normally ever pursue. Let's just say that the timing (and pricing) was right when I jumped in on this. A lot of times I get beaten out by other Cardinals' collectors on group breaks and am at least partially relieved because I know it means there will be no burden on my bank account.

I think I'm just a big fan of black bordered designs, at least when done correctly. I still think I like blue better, but these are nice. The rookies are serial-numbered, but I did get one - Tyler Greene. I'm not sure why these are serial numbered, however, as this might be one of the most mass-produced serial numbered cards in my collection now as there were 2699 produced. Just how many "regular" Topps Unique cards are there, anyway? Talk about "unique".

There were cards from a couple of other sets in the break, including my first few 2010 Topps Chrome cards. Topps Chrome came out late this year, so I still have plenty of the Cardinals to collect.

Finally, here's the big one...


I had emails, comments and even a message on Facebook from fellow collectors waiting for me when I returned home from work before I even got to read about this card for myself. It was just stunning. For the record, this is hardly a "card" as it is thicker than a wax pack from the '80s. This is my first "1 of 1" and I couldn't have asked for it to be of a better player. Many thanks again to The Sandlot and all of the other well-wishers who congratulated me at the time. I hope that you all get to pull something as good as this at some point, if not better.

12 comments:

Play at the Plate said...

I'm still amazed by that. Congrats!

night owl said...

I didn't congratulate you the first time, so: nice going!

Derek said...

Thats Awesome!! Congrats

IkesCards said...

Sweet!!! Congrats! We're headed to the Winter Warm Up again next month. We'll send any freebies that come our way but they won't compare to the AP auto!

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The Notorious B.U.D. said...

I've been waiting for you to show that off...congrats Kerry! What's the plan: sell it or save it forever?

Ryan aka Orioles Magic said...

That's amazing. Congrats!

Colbey (flywheels) said...

Has anyone made you an offer yet?

longlivethewho said...

It's always fun to laugh at the sellers on eBay who bust cases and cases of high end stuff in hopes of scoring a big card and flipping it. Beautiful card and it couldn't have happened to a better collector. And I hope you do keep it. Congrats!

moremonkeys138 said...

That Pujols is AAAWWWWWEEEEEESSSOOOMMMMMEEE!! What an incredible pull, hit of a lifetime was 100% correct!

the sewingmachineguy said...

Wow! What a card.

Community Gum said...

I like the design of Unique as well, but the price is just too rich for what it is in my opinion. The reason: cards like this! I'm glad it went to a great blogger like you who can share it with everyone and will appreciate it fully!
--Jon