Believe it or not... there was a time when I actived chased a redemption card. Seriously... back in 1998 I picked up a few packs of 1998 Skybox E-X2001 and in hopes of pulling this redemption card:
That year a twenty-one year old pitcher had taken the hobby by storm and his name was Kerry Wood. While prospectors may have known his name before, on May 6th, 1998... Wood became a household name.
In just his 5th MLB start, he struck out twenty Houston Astros and pitched a one hit shutout.
His 1997 Bowman's Best, Bowman, and Bowman Chrome rookie cards took off. And although I would have loved to owned these, the card I truly wanted was the above redemption card.
E-X2001 was extremely popular, because of the hobby only distribution and a design that blended a holographic foil background and the increasingly popular acetate technology. The added knowledge of a Wood redemption card made this product impossible to find in my area.
So when I found some at my local card shop, I pulled the trigger and picked up a handful of packs. Unfortunately, I completely struck out.
In fact, I'm not even sure how I acquired that redemption card. My guess is that I found it in a 10¢ bin at a card show.
The same thing goes for this card:
It's the card Skybox sent collectors who redeemed their cards. As you can see, it's a pretty awesome looking card. Too bad it's not his rookie card. But it's a cheap, cool card nonetheless.
Thanks for the memories Kerry. I hope you enjoy your retirement. It's pretty cool that you ended your career striking out the final batter you faced.
Happy Friday everyone and sayonara!