Monday, August 21, 2017

Catching Up: 1998 Topps Tek Pattern 78

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.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Catching Up: 2016 Archives Signature Buybacks - 1994 Stadium Club

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.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Catching Up: 2016 Archives Signature Buybacks - 1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier

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.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Catching Up: 2017 Topps Tier One Prime Performers

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.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Catching Up: 2017 Bowman 70th Anniversary Buyback - 1991 Bowman

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.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Catching Up: 2017 Topps Rediscover Buyback - 1989 Topps

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.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Catching Up: 2016 Archives Signature Buybacks - 1998 Topps Tek

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.