Anyway, the latest arrival was from The Lost Collector, the Yankees representative in our little group.
|2016 Topps Chrome Refractors #9 Nolan Arenado|
This is my first look at 2016 Chrome, and right away one of the first things I noticed is the "refractor" label on the back. 2016 is an on-year for that helpful labeling, and even though it still has that great rainbow appearance under the right light, I'm not forced to check it to know what I have.
There's also a bit of extra design in the lower left area, which is just plain white in the base set. There are a bunch of little bars and hexagonal grids and dots, plus "2016 Topps" running vertically, almost like the security strip in a banknote. It's a bit like the Blue parallels in Opening Day. The curl is a little bit uneven, but it's a great-looking card! It could pass for a Finest card if it didn't reuse the design from Topps Base.
|2012 Topps Update #US259A Carlos Gonzalez|
|2012 Topps Opening Day Fantasy Squad #FS-20 Carlos Gonzalez|
|2015 Topps Update Chrome #US291 Eddie Butler|
This is Butler's Chrome parallel from 2015 Update, which means it has that extra-sparkly background that was all the rage last fall. Fuji sent me one too, and I'm glad my trading buddies are looking out for me. It's almost a cross between glitter and pointillism, without the risk of glitter getting all over everything.
|2016 Topps Bunt Platinum #140 DJ LeMahieu /99|
I didn't pull one this rare from my Bunt pack at Target, nor any Rockie for that matter. The Lost Collector gave me five base cards plus this parallel, and DJ's defensive skills are apparent, as he's intently watching the ball arrive into his glove, and hoping it doesn't collide with that pesky Bunt logo.
|1997 Collector's Choice #102 John Vander Wal|
|1997 Leaf #385 Larry Walker GM|
|1998 SkyBox Dugout Axcess #120 Todd Helton|
Makes sense. But spelling "Axcess" with an X just to use two crossed bats in the logo is stretching it. I've never seen this card before. And I doubt I could have even imagined it.
|1997 Donruss Signature Autographs #79 Neifi Perez /3900|
Beckett claims this is card #79, but I can't find a card number anywhere. There's also supposedly a serial-numbered print run of 3,900, and while the print run may be accurate, there is definitely no serial number here.
Believe it or not, I actually had a card from this set already. Andy Ashby signed one of these, and it's been in my collection for a dozen years at least. I'm pretty sure I got it from one of my first visits to Christian, my primary local card dealer.
|1997 Donruss Signature Autographs #8 Andy Ashby /3900|
If I had to take something like DSS-NP over no card number at all, I'd pick the alphabet soup every time. I bet most of us would.
So maybe we stop griping about letter-only card numbers now, yes?