Friday, July 11, 2014
Hey Now, You're An All-Star
As a wee tike, I used to love seeing the different exclusives that used to be produced for the hobby's biggest events. Event exclusive cards just always had a certain aura around them for me. Geographically and numerically limited, they're cool pieces that can be pinned down to one exact moment or memory.
It's really a shame that card companies (or at least the few left) don't do more event exclusives. At the National, I won't be giving a second thought to any of the exclusives that will be available, which mostly seem like a money grab to cater to big time dealers and flippers.
It's a far cry from my experience at the 2006 ASG FanFest. There were quite a few exclusives, including a 5 card set released by Topps, with a different card available each day. I believe you had to rip something like 5 or 6 packs of Topps product to get the exclusive.
A handful of Opening Day packs later, I had a beautiful Roberto Clemente card. The other 4 non-Bucco cards in the set didn't interest me. But time does funny things.
While browsing ebay last week I came across this Ichiro ASG exclusive. It's card #1, from the first day of the extravaganza, which I believe would have been a Tuesday or Wednesday. The card was a little more than I would typically pay for an oddball type addition, but completed auctions were few and far between, and I assumed the print run was fairly limited to begin with. And it was pretty easy to justify that $3.50 shipped was still less than it would have cost for me to rip a half dozen packs of Opening Day in 2006.
Anybody else have any event exclusive cards that are near and dear in their collection?