Thursday, October 16, 2014

2005 Donruss Diamond Kings HOF Heroes #91

How is the 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings set like an onion?  

It makes you cry?

It kind of stinks?

You can buy it in 5 pound bags?

No, it has layers.  Lots of layers.  Or in this case parallels.  If you were lucky enough to have a player in this set you collect and wanted to chase you had lots of cards to go after. Not only parallels, but relic versions, autograph versions, relic autograph versions,  and all of those versions have parallels as well.  I think you get the drift.  Also take into account Rollie has two cards in this insert set.  This one and #66 so there are literally hundreds of cards possible.  And it's hard to tell them apart.  I'm pretty sure this is the base card for the set, but there is a parallel called the non-canvas version that looks exactly like this.  I'd probably need to dig out the standard catalog and even then...  The point is there are lots of cards in this set for each player, lots.  My other big player collection featuring Mr. Robin Yount also has a ton of cards in this set.  But that was all the rage in 2005.  Upper Deck's Baseball Heroes also features a ton of parallels and variations.

Anyway, we have here a basic base card of some sort.  It's really set up for the relic and auto versions.  with the relics being placed to the right in that open area above the Diamond Kings logo and the sticker autos being placed on the lower part of the card.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

2005 Upper Deck Reflections

Ah Upper Deck Reflections.  So colorful, so many parallels.  
Not a whole lot to say about the card. Pretty simple front and back. Upper Deck probably didn't want to waste all that space with facts and figures.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

2014 Panini Immaculate Heroes Relic

Let me introduce you to the first new Rollie Fingers card of 2014.  It's not the only new one now. This card has a prime parallel and Rollie also has some autographed cards in the new Panini Hall of Fame set, but this card marks the first new card of the year to make it into the collection.  

I'm a big believer in timing when bidding on cards. Most of the time it's patience and waiting that lets me get great cards at really good prices, but this card is the exact opposite.  I ended up nearly stealing this card because no one knew it was out there.  Either way a great addition and I'm glad to see Rollie showing up on new cardboard.