I have always been a fan of finding a Printing Plate in a wax pack….there is something cool about holding a plate used to manufacture the final card it represents. From the moment companies first started inserting them into packs I thought how cool would it be to obtain all Four plates of a single card and then frame it with the final product in the middle?
So whenever I was fortunate enough to pull a printing plate of a player I liked I would scour various auction sites and listings looking for the matching pieces of the puzzle. There is definitely some luck involved in this process as if the player is decent the odds of it finding a home in a personal collection and never being offered for sale is high.
Also there is the chance in an auction setting where your limits will be tested should you get into a slug fest with an individual player collector who just has to have that “1 of 1.” Which brings up the question….is it really a 1 of 1 if there are 4 of them? Granted they each look slightly different….but in reality 4 different people can claim they have a printing plate of any individual card…..semantics perhaps.
So back to my challenge….with this particular card from 2008….my challenge is not complete….as to this day I am still looking for the base card with the number 78 next to Jose Reyes, the number of stolen bases he had in 2007, which this card is commemorating.
Thus if anyone has this card or knows someone who does please let me know……Also I would love to see anyone else’s collection of 4 plates of the same card!
Until then….Keep on busting!