Saturday, February 8, 2014

Don't Call Me Yellow

We're well past a decade into the parallel-palooza, and just about any collector can rattle off a list of pretty common colors.  Sure, occasionally the design or foil stamping changes.  But for the most part?  The colors are pretty consistent from product to product.  Or at least they were before Topps decided to taste the rainbow over the last few years.

Blue, red, green, gold, black.  Whether it was a refractor, foil stamping, or just a simple border swap - it was a pretty safe bet what colors you could be searching for in a pack.

And some colors just got no love.

How many times have you come across a yellow parallel?  Gold, sure.  But yellow?  Maybe it just doesn't fit with most teams' color schemes.  Maybe the ink costs just a wee bit more.  Who knows. 

But I was certainly surprised when I typed in Tristar Projections Autographs...Yellow.

A quick search through my excel spreadsheet returned 6 results for yellow.  Two from the Tristar product, a couple of Classic cards from the early 90's, and a few printing plates (which are very much not yellow).  Almost 12,000 cards, and enough of them to count on one hand are yellow?  Setting aside, of course, the frighteningly yellow 1991 Fleer set.

Just seems strange to me.

But in the mean time, I'll appreciate the full range of the color spectrum.  And these yellow Tristar autos /25 are a nice, colorful, addition to my collection.

Now if only they weren't of players who have a grand total of 25.2 innings in the majors.

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