I happened to check Ebay recently and saw someone selling some random singles from a Padres giveaway set honoring Jack McKeon, aka "Trader Jack". These cards featured some of the better players that McKeon has traded away as manager and general manager of the Padres. One of those trades involved sending young star catcher Sandy Alomar Jr., and two other players to the Indians for Joe Carter. And this is that card. I love seeing new oddball cards, particularly when they benefit my collection.
Well if it is a White Sox buyback, I am there. This is the Silver Rediscover Topps buyback of the 2006 Topps Update and Highlights card. It is my first White Sox buyback card and is the last card issued of Alomar during his playing career. It was a little pricey, but I had to add it.
I am now caught up. This is last year's Archives Fan Favorites Autograph. I already had the blue and red parallels. For some reason it took until now to get the base version. Fan Favorites was one of my favorite sets. I would love for Topps to bring it back, but will settle for the Autographs for now. It is fitting that Topps used the 1990 design for Alomar as it was his Rookie of the Year season, his most famous season. His 1997 season was better, but 1990 put him on the map.
This is the Signature Buyback from the Canadian version of Topps, O-Pee-Chee. Not Premier, just the regular set. This one is serial-numbered to 16. Topps has kind of overdone the 1992 card, it appeared as a reprint of sorts in Archives 65th Anniversary along with an autographed version. So I see this shot frequently. Still a nice card though.
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.