However... there's one card in the set I'll never get tired of looking at. It's the Craig Biggio card, which is hands down my favorite card in the set. The photographer was in the right place at the right time and captured him in a pose that could be featured as the next MLB logo.
I was really excited to hear that Topps included this card in their 2016 Topps Archives Signature Series. I love, love, love this product... because you're able to pick up autographs of guys like Rollie Fingers, Steve Garvey, and Kent Tekulve for very reasonable prices and all of them are hard-signed.
Unfortunately... Biggio's signatures are a little pricier than those three guys and unfortunately I spent a lot more money on this card than I had originally anticipated. Back in early October a copy sold on eBay for under $20 (delivered). A few weeks later, I put in a bid of $25 (+ $3.25 shipping), but somebody outbid me.
So when I found another copy up for auction, I decided to enter a max bid of $30 (+ $3.45 shipping) and that's exactly what I ended up paying. Not exactly a bargain. But in hindsight... I have no regrets. In fact had someone outbid me, I probably would have been upset that I didn't put a higher max bid.
The card arrived two weeks ago, but I didn't get a chance to open up the package until last weekend. It was everything I had expected. However after holding the magnetic in my hand, I started feeling guilty that Biggio was locked up in a protective cell.
That's when I made the executive decision to cut the seal and let Biggio breathe. Here's a better look at the card without the plastic getting in the way:
Here's a scan of the backside for those of you who are into card backs:
And if you're wondering how I typically store my autographs, I use the same method I've used since I reentered the hobby 8 years ago:
Penny sleeve. Top loader. Team bag.
Eventually... I hope to add signed versions of some of my other favorite "catchers in action" cards:
1973 Topps #380
1984 Topps #450
1977 Topps #640
1971 Topps #5
1986 Topps #260
Happy Wednesday and sayonara!