The blog about collecting baseball cards and memorabilia from the 3 time World Series Champion, 7 time All-Star, 1981 AL MVP and Cy Young Award Winning, 1974 World Series MVP and 1992 HOF member, Mr. Rollie Fingers.
I picked up Rollies' Leaf National base card pretty much as soon as the National was over and everyone was listing their goodies on eBay, but this card popped up a few weeks ago and blew me away. I didn't know that Leaf had auto variations of these cards.
Yeah it's a sticker auto, but...
It's numbered only to 5!! And this is the only one I've seen listed and I got it for less than the price of a blaster. Welcome to the collection.
I'd been wanting to pick up one of these Leaf Legends of Sport autos for a while now.
This is the first non-promo card I've gotten from the new Leaf and the only one I've seen in hand. I have to say they are really well done. The foil is great. Not over the top, but just enough to really make the card pop. The best part is I found this for under 10 bucks delivered. And it's numbered to just 16! I know that there were a ton of parallels, but I'm just not up on which one this might be.
Anyways a super card and auto to add to the Rollie Super collection.
I have yet to make it too a National. I'm scare. Really. I'm afraid my brain would pop. I ended up going to the Chicago Comic Con years ago back when I was in college hanging out with a group of comic artists, my brain almost popped from that overload. Imagine being able to see some of the rarest and most valuable comics only inches away from your greasy fingers. And I'd always laughed at the stereotypical comic geek. Fat, zits, walking around with a comic long box strapped to a dolly arguing with comic creators about the flaws in their plots. That was until I saw it first had in Chicago. This was 1997.
My tastes have changed. I still love comics and to draw them, but my tastes have matured and I like sports cards way more. So I would imagine heading to the National would be a little overwhelming for me. I've had guys I know up here go and said it was insane. I can believe it. Maybe next time it comes to Chicago I might make it. I have relative in Chi Town so that's more doable than heading to the East Coast.
You might say CB what the hell are you talking about especially here on the Rollie Fingers Collector?
Well Leaf was giving away a bunch of promo cards at the National and one of those happened to be a Rollie card. I snagged this for super cheap, much cheaper than say actually attending the convention and it's a great add to the collection.
I have to say I love what Leaf has been doing with it's products and their designs are top notch. I just wish I could afford some of it. But I digress. Without further ado, the 2012 Leaf National Rollie Fingers Promo card.
This year is turning out to be a great year for a Rollie Fingers player collector. Rollie has a base card in Gypsy Queen and of course also has all the subsequent parallels, including the two framed color parallels.
Well I got my first mini parallel to start the mini rainbow. These green minis, I've also seen them called the pukes, actually have harder odds than the numbered sepia minis. Greens have 1:24 odds while the sepia tones have 1:20.
Well I've so far managed to grab 6 of the 9 cards I'd need for this years Topps Tribute Rollie Rainbow. Like always the 1/1 is a pain in the ass. This year though there are 3 really low numbered cards with gold being numbered to 25 and Red numbered to 5, besides the purple 1/1.
I missed last years rainbow by being outbid on the Red 1/1, but that's how the chase goes sometimes.
Lets have a closer look at the 6.
First up we have the unnumbered base.
I think maybe one day I'll attempt to put a base set together of one of theses products like Tribute or Museum. The base cards just seem to get overlooked, but when your paying 50 or dollars a pack, that's understandable.
Next up in the lineup of parallels is the Bronze or Copper numbered to 299. Remember when we use to get excited about cards numbered to 10,000!
The blue numbered to 199. Personally my favorite of the colors.
Here we have my newest one I just got in the mail to complete this portion of the rainbow. Green numbered to 75. I find it interesting that Topps decided to have three color parallels with numbering so close. You jump from 199 to 75, but then 60 and 50.
Here is that 60.
And another favorite color variation of mine the orange. Numbered to 50.
Still waiting on any more reds to pop up. I've already seen 2 of the 5 up on ebay, only a couple golds numbered to 25 and the purple 1/1 hasn't shown up yet. You never know when or even if it will. Some one might pull it and want to keep it. But I'm fairly satisfied with the rainbow so far. If I can snag a gold and maybe even a red I'd be happy to call it done. I have seen one printing plate, but with a BIN of 125 way too pricey for me.
I've also started working on the 2012 Topps Museum Rollie Rainbow. So well see how that comes along.
Every now and then as I'm wading through the thousands of listing on Ebay for players or teams I collect, I come across one or two cards that just stand out. The weird thing is I don't even have this base card, so now I have to go look for the other parallels in this set.