I'm very happy Fred McGriff finally got the Call to the Hall! I figured I'd celebrate by taking a look at a few highlights of my Crime Dog PC.
This is an oversized proof of his 1995 Topps Stadium Club Ring Leader insert. What an audacious card! I was making this gif while listening to the HOF announcement live. Kind of a bummer that we didn't get more new HOFers along for the ride, but really just happy one of my favorite players ever made it.
Back to the card, I really appreciate getting the full artwork of blank-backed proof. I should frame this badboy. For comparison, here's the standard cut version:
Looking at the rings and stars in the corners makes it clear this is a tighter crop.
Thumbing through my McGriff PC.. Nice, didn't realize I had so many rookies! That's the first slabbed card I ever bought shortly after returning to the hobby. Lol, gem mint 10!
As a young Padres fan in the early 90s, I loved having Fred in San Diego and was bummed he didn't stick around longer. He doesn't seem to have a lot of certified autos picturing him on the Padres, but this buyback works. I also have a couple McGriff autos in my Christmas Card collection (one Braves, one Devil Rays, pretty sure).
This Cubs relic with a pinstripe completes the trifecta.
Cool, shiny die-cut that caught my eye among lots of "junk" era stuff that I need to sort, perhaps when I get around to moving the PC from my "retired" PC boxes and into my "HOF" PC boxes.
I've got 2 of this card.. one in the parallel setbuild and another for the PC. Love these 2004 Chrome black refractors, even if it's sometimes tough to get a good photo of them, as they form mini blackholes which create a vacuum of light. Once I complete the set-- if I ever do-- planet Earth may implode upon itself.
My Fred McGriff collection is Elite thanks to this card.
And let's close out on a minor league card. This is another one I got shortly after returning to the hobby as an adult back around 2012. Got it off Lista thanks to a friendly seller working out a deal with me. Turned out the seller was a cardblogger (The Great Sports Name Hall of Fame), and hey, that pleasant experience might've helped nudge me into starting a blog myself.
Oh happy day! Congrats to Fred McGriff and my fellow Crime Dog collectors!