I posted on a thread for 1998 Topps Tek collectors the patterns that I still needed. One of the other collectors quickly contacted me and told me he had one of the patterns I needed. So here it is: Pattern 78. I now need just seven more patterns to have all 90. I have a feeling this may take awhile though.
I am getting caught up. I just received this a week or so ago. But I have still been catching up on other scans. This is my eleventh Archives Signature Buyback and it is the 1994 Stadium Club card numbered to 25. I picked this one up mostly due to the photo on the card. Alomar is throwing over the head of a White Sox player (Robin Ventura?) to try to catch someone stealing. It is a pretty cool action shot.
I threw in a barely serious bid on this one. This is one of the more common of the buyback signatures, if not the most common. It is serial-numbered to 99 and is from one of the more forgettable sets of the junk wax era. Still though, it is one more Alomar I needed and I like having a variety of brands. O-Pee-Chee Premier qualifies.
Earlier on, I talked about buying into a group break for 2016 Topps Archives Signature and getting the 1994 Finest buyback signature. I decided to try it again on a 2017 Topps Tier One break since Alomar appeared in the set with an autograph and some parallels. I did manage to get the basic autograph issue, which I was happy about. It is serial-numbered to 300 and features a very nice on-card autograph. The best part is that Alomar even signed his uniform number in the loop of the "L" in Alomar. Just a nice signature.
Yet another buyback from this year. It would be nice to see Alomar make it into more newer sets, rather than having just a ton of buybacks. This is from the Bowman set. I read somewhere that the red foil stamped cards (which this one is) are 1/1s. I have not been able to confirm that however.
Here is another bronze buyback from this year's Topps set. Just like the Archives Signature, I had to add the buyback of Alomar's rookie card. Plus, it is always nice to add Padres cards. I like to get the underrepresented teams a lot.
This one cost a pretty penny, but how could I not jump at the 1998 Topps Tek Archives Signature Buyback? Especially since it is a 1/1. The 1998 Topps Tek set is my biggest priority. For what it is worth, this is Pattern #10. I doubt that Topps did more than one pattern for this buyback. This card has absolutely become one of the centerpieces of my Alomar collection, and in fact, I have placed it at the top of my Top 10 Favorites list in a tough decision.