I used to be a huge collector of baseball (and basketball & football to a lesser degree) cards back in the late 80’s and early 90’s. I stopped collecting once there were hundreds of different sets and inserts to collect. It got to be overwhelming and expensive to just build sets. I totally ignored the industry until last year when I decided to wade back in, thanks to the stellar rookie seasons of Bryce Harper and Mike Trout. I wanted to have some sort of rookie card for these guys reflect back on 20-30 years down the road. I started out with the standard 2012 Topps Series 1 packs and eventually that spread to the Topps Heritage series. Heritage is probably my favorite series since they present modern players in styles of 50s/60s/70s Topps cards.
I was happy with picking up a few packs of the both series and not really venturing in to some of the others. That is until I learned that Matthew Berry was going to have a card in the 2013 Allen & Ginter set. As a good 06010 fan, I had to get this card. I had briefly thought about buying the card on eBay so that I would sink a bunch of money in to this chase but I figured I buy a couple of packs first since the cards are interesting enough to warrant picking up some.
So, off to Target I went. I needed to pick up a few others things there so I had a reason to stop by after work. A few packs in and there wasn’t a Matthew Berry card to be seen. There were some favorites of the 06010, some personal favorites and then there were some that I felt like giving to my dog.
I was pleased with the purchase so far and was going to be satisfied, even if I didn’t get a Matthew Berry card. Then came a pack for the ages. The first card was Pele and I thought that this was pretty cool since it was part of the quirkiness of the set and the great soccer icon. Hiding underneath Pele was the prettiest card in the set: Matthew Berry. It’s a great card, the billboard it was really makes the card. The back is great as well, since it finishes the blurb with “the award-winning Fantasy Focus podcast.”
My mission was complete. I had the Matthew Berry card and I was happy. But there were still a few more cards in the pack. Tucked right in the middle of the pack and following Matthew was something thick and shiny. No, it wasn’t Big Fat Bartolo Colon, it was a Jean Segura autograph! I definitely was not expecting this. This more than pays for the packs I bought. The rest of the pack consisted of a Ruben Tejada mini and a Mark Trumbo Across The Years insert. It ended on a whimper but what a start.
I may buy a couple more packs just to see if I can get any other hits but if I don’t, I won’t be upset since I got what I was after; a Matthew Berry card.
If you buy any packs, let me know what you get.