|2000 Finest #57 Paul Konerko|
I'm not sure whether I'll ever find that many Topps Finest cards for less than a dime apiece again. That gigantic baseball (there, on the left) dominates the design, making 2000 Finest a distinctive product. I never really noticed the motion streaks on the right before now. I guess giant shiny silver baseballs are kind of distracting.
|1996 Stadium Club #280 Jeff Conine|
|1996 Stadium Club Power Packed #PP3 Jose Canseco|
Maybe if I pulled this card in 1996 I would have stayed with the hobby longer.
|1996 Stadium Club Mantle #MM15 Mickey Mantle, 1964|
Sy Berger, the father of modern cards, said as much on the back of this Mantle card, admitting, "In no small measure did Mickey's cards help to put the company on the map."
|2015 Topps Gold #438 DJ LeMahieu /2015|
I do miss the gold serial numbers on the gold Topps parallels, a practice they ended several years ago, opting to just go with a plain black. But a double play card of DJ with an Alex Gordon interleague cameo is a winner in almost anyone's book.
|2015 Topps Framed #72 Jordan Lyles /20|
And after this trip, I now have a new oldest card.
|1953 Topps #77 Johnny Mize (DP)|
I never knew this about Mize, but he went by the "Big Cat" nickname long before Andres Galarraga was even born. He didn't get a card in 1954, so this is his "sunset" card, to borrow Nick's term. And he's now the oldest in my small but growing collection of vintage Yankees cards.
All in all, I'd say it was a successful shopping trip.