Sunday, April 14, 2013

Old Players, New Cards

I think many (most?) card collectors also appreciate the history of the game.  And while there have been some great sets dedicated to that history, but I've always found them lacking...something.  Topps Archives and Fleer Greats of the Game were beautiful sets, but their checklists were largely built around who could be included as autographs.  The early 90's Upper Deck All-Time Heroes sets lacked the extra hits of modern sets.  The various SP Cuts sets lacked exciting parallels.  The point here?  Something was always missing for my collecting tastes.

And then it happened.

Panini Cooperstown.

Admittedly, I still have a lot of ground to cover on the set.  But it seems to have just about everything: an amazing base checklist covering everyone but the Topps' exclusive players, great parallels, hits that make the big money collectors go wild. 

The parallels from this set seem to be pretty tough to track down - the Traynor is from COMC and the Kiner from ebay, both under a buck - but hopefully I'll be able to find a few more.  The b&w photos really seem to pop with the vibrantly colored parallel borders, making these some of my favorite cards in recent memory.

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