I promised something big and here it is. This is easily the best card in my Alomar collection. This is a jumbo bat nameplate relic from a game-used bat. The bat piece is from the area that his named is burned in. It is obviously a 1/1. What makes the card even more interesting is the fact that Alomar is with the White Sox in this card. His time with the White Sox is very underrepresented. He played three stints with Chicago and parts of five seasons. He was a backup catcher by that time though and did not appear in a lot of sets. But now, the best card in my collection shows Alomar with the White Sox. That's something.
Thursday, December 8, 2022
The big one is coming tomorrow.
I am just going to put all of these together in one scan. The next seven Alomar cards I bought were all variations on the same card. Earlier this year Topps released a set listed as a 2021 set. It was a huge set with a lot of off-the-wall players included. Sandy Alomar Jr. is not a completely unusual subject to include in the set, but it is odd that he is shown with the Padres instead of the Indians. It would have been even weirder to see him with the White Sox, Rockies, Rangers or Dodgers. I would have loved it if they showed him with the Mets. Anyway, I picked up a number of the parallels so far and continue to look into them.
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
The big one is still coming.
In the meantime, this is 1998 Topps Tek Diffractor Pattern 11. I seem to have slowed to a stop on getting the Topps Tek cards. I still need four more. This is my sixth Diffractor. I do not have any delusions that I will be able to complete that run. These things are pretty hard to find, and often expensive. So I will grab them when I can.
Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Incidentally, today is the anniversary of the trade that sent Alomar, along with Carlos Baerga and Chris James, to the Indians for Joe Carter. It was a great deal for the Indians who got two members of the team that would star for them for years to come and help lead them to the postseason for the first time in decades.
Monday, December 5, 2022
Sunday, December 4, 2022
Saturday, December 3, 2022
Friday, December 2, 2022
Thursday, December 1, 2022
I have two very rare Archives buyback autographs coming. And something REALLY huge soon after that.