That title makes it sound like I'm going steady with my Wil Myers PC. Well maybe I am!!
I'm still playing catch-up with my blog reading and writing after a busy weekend. Sorry I missed getting a post up yesterday for Tony Gwynn's birthday. I should try to get a "Top 10 cards of your favorite player" post up for that Collecting Cutch contest going around, but don't know if I'll get the chance by the deadline.
Well, as a consolation, here's a post with big pickups of my favorite current Padre, Wil Myers.
Boom! Now I can call myself one of the Top 500 Wil Myers collectors out there. Yep, I ponied up for a 1st Bowman Card refractor auto, the gold standard for, well, key cards of players who have such a card. This one is a beaut, back from Wil's early days as a catching prospect with the Royals. If I were the type of collector who sends in cards to be graded, I'd probably send in this one. Looks like Wil doodled a picture of some seagulls instead of signing his name, but it's fine.
There's the back, 024/500. As far as any loose significance in the #24, well, my birthday's on the 24th, so maybe I put a few extra bucks in my bid because of it, I'll admit.
And here's my first 2017 Topps Now card, commemorating Wil's cycle from a month ago today. Not the most interesting photo, but it'll do. I was a little chagrined to see a different (cooler looking) version of this card that's only available if you bought the special pre-season package of Topps Now Padres cards, which was pretty expensive, if I recall. Only 27 people bothered shelling out for that package, so that card is a lot more scarce/expensive (eBay link). This regular one had a print run of 589 and set me back $6.75 shipped from an eBay seller.
I haven't been watching much of their games this season, but I was lucky to catch the cycle-clinching triple live on TV. It'll likely stand as the top Padre highlight of 2017, so figured I'd pick up the card.
Regarding the back.. I think the Lost Collector just mentioned it recently, but otherwise I hadn't heard about the backs of Topps Now cards being refractory these days. Are all the 2017 Now card like this? Personally I think the rainbow sheen would be cooler on the front and is pretty much wasted on the back. But whatever.. props to Topps for putting in a little extra effort, at least. Plus it makes them a bit harder to counterfeit, I'd imagine. I still think they should serial number these things, even if it adds a day or two to their turnaround time.
Finally, here's a relatively cheap auto I picked up on COMC in my excitement on the day Wil hit for the cycle.. Eh, I just felt like commemorating the moment in my collection with a special new card. I did look for a card serial numbered 4/10, since it happened on April 10th.. but couldn't find a good, reasonably priced one, instead settling on this 5/30 auto for $7 or so. Hey, May 30th is a fine day, too, I guess.
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