Monday, October 29, 2012
Cards I Didn't Know I Even Had: 2011 Topps #405 Ian Kinsler Sparkle Variation
Ever since "discovering" COMC and now Sportlots (notice how the number of cards I have in my wantlist is shrinking???), I've been giving a lot of thought about sending my cards to either or both places as the Bay really hasn't been kind to anybody selling off the kind of inserts I have.
As I was looking at a box of inserts that I marked "2011 Topps Inserts," I noticed that I had a few cards from the base set mixed in among the others. Which is not surprising since sometimes if I have a bit of room I'll throw some base cards in to fill up the box. But for some reason, I was taking stuff out to look and this one caught my eye:
No, it wasn't the fact that Kinsler is fully focused while the umpire and the catcher are blurred (that's a pretty cool effect though, you have to admit). Wait. What's that on his bat? Let's get a closer look...
Why yes, it is. It's one of those Sparkle Variations that made everyone actually look at their cards to see if they had one. I guess I failed on that as I didn't even know I had it.
Or did I?
I am very sure that I didn't find this card in any of the packs that I opened. That must mean that somebody had to give it to me? But who? And why? Regardless, if it is indeed somebody being kind enough to give me a card to tell me what one of these look like up close, thank you very much for your generosity. I truly appreciate it.
The lesson here is that you really have to pay attention to the cards you have. You never know what you have until you look at them.