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.  

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Catching Up: 2017 Topps Rediscover Buyback 1991 Topps

This year Topps has started making buybacks of more recent cards, which means a whole bunch of possible Sandy Alomar Jr. buybacks.  This was the first one I picked up, the bronze version of his outstanding 1991 base card, featuring a great photo and the Topps Rookie Cup.  I still have to track down the Archives Signature buyback.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Catching Up: 2016 Archives Signature Buybacks - 1991 Stadium Club

I threw out a barely serious bid on this one and ended up winning it.  I am not complaining at all.  This is a very low serial-numbered card, numbered to just four.  This is also my first Stadium Club buyback autograph for Alomar.  It is a welcome addition to my collection.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Catching Up: 1998 Topps Tek Pattern 8

I have not had much luck on the Topps Tek front lately.  I received this several months ago and have not been able to find one since.  This is Pattern #8 and leaves me just eight patterns shy of having all 90.  They are getting harder and harder to find.  If anyone has one or knows someone that does, I am willing to pay extra to track them down.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Catching Up: 2016 Topps Archives 65th Anniversary Green Back

I won't bother showing the front of this card, it is the exact same as the base version, which is a reprint of the 1992 Topps front.  This is the Green Back version, serial-numbered to 150.  It is not the most exciting of cards, but it is a reasonably low-numbered parallel.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Catching Up: 2016 Archives Signature Buybacks - 1989 Topps RC

I had to have Sandy Alomar Jr.'s rookie card from the buyback autograph set.  I have his Donruss Recollection Autograph from Donruss Timelines.  I also have his 1989 Upper Deck buyback, though that one is not autographed.  So I had to add his Topps autograph.  This one was definitely at the top of my list when I first found out that he would be in this set.  Plus, there is the fact that this is a Padres card, just my second one from this set, and most likely the only ones available.  Just a cool card.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Catching Up: 2006 Topps Archives 65th Anniversary

This card was not too exciting.  It is basically a reprint of his 1992 Topps card, though the back is a similar design to the 1975 Topps set.  The real key to this set is getting the autographed versions.  Unfortunately, I have yet to add that one.