It’s kind of amazing this isn’t the top card in my collection. It’s close, but I think the story behind card #1 is pretty compelling.
This card is pretty amazing, too, however.
I’ve pulled a Jeter auto #’d to 5 out of 2008 Upper Deck Heroes, and a Prince Fielder SPX signed rookie card. I’ve pulled a Hank Aaron autograph from 2012 Topps. I’ve pulled a Nolan Ryan auto from 2001 Topps – and it made this top 9 countdown.
But nothing, and I mean nothing, beats pulling a rare card of your favorite player. I found this card in 1997. I had gone away from collecting for most of 1996 and 1997, however there was one exception. I still collected Upper Deck SP. I bought one box that year. And I pulled this card. Upper Deck had been inserting autographs into packs since 1990, but I had never pulled one. And the buyback concept was very new. It may have originated from this product, I’m not sure. It was a good idea to me. Unlike cards that were newly-made for the current product, buyback autographs seem more akin to getting an autograph at the ballpark. If I could catch Griffey signing after batting practice – it would look something like this.
This card was from the year before – his ’96 SP card, and was #’d out of 312. That was the highest print run of his buyback autos that year, but it is easily my favorite card I’ve ever pulled from a pack.