Friday, May 4, 2012
"O," yes ... and "O," no
One of the card accomplishments that I'd like to finish off before I'm senile is to complete trifectas of my all-time, top-five favorite Dodgers.
I already have finished trifectas -- rookie card, relic card and autograph card -- for two of them. Ron Cey and Clayton Kershaw are done. Finito. Fait Accompli. And they look fabulous.
That leaves Hideo Nomo, Sandy Koufax and Orel Hershiser.
All I need is a relic card for Koufax. There don't seem to be too many out there, but they DO exist.
I need an autograph card for Nomo. That could be tough as well.
But more distressing is my painfully slow quest for a Hershiser trifecta.
Until last week, I had only his rookie card. And that's not all that difficult to obtain. I acquired it in 1985 when I purchased the entire '85 set. Since then, about 4 or 5 other versions have worked their way into my collection.
But relic cards and autograph cards of Orel seem more difficult. Unusually difficult.
So difficult that when I saw the above card pop up on Cards From the Quarry I think I pulled 27 muscles trying to get to the comment section as quickly as possible to say, "Me! Me! Me! WANT! WANT! WANT! GIVE! GIVE! GIVE!"
I found a Dante Bichette bat card to send in return. Turns out, the Bichette bat card was about as vigorous a want for hiflew as a Hershiser relic card was for me. Glad it could work out so well.
So now I have this relic card from ... uh, well, I'm not sure what set this is. I know it's 2004 Topps.
And I'm two-thirds of the way to a Hershiser trifecta.
The unfinished business is a Hershiser autograph card.
I tried to get that part done by sending a TTM request through the mail. It was right about the time when a few other collectors had received signed cards back from Hershiser. But since that time -- more than two years ago -- I haven't heard of one success. And the card I sent to him never came back.
So all that's left is finding a certified auto card.
Those aren't easy to find. And are pretty pricey.
Not to mention UG-LY.
This hideous thing will cost you close to $100 bucks if you're foolish enough to pay that much. I have no desire to see a card of Hershiser in his high school senior picture in my collection. I'll fake his signature on a 1989 Topps cards before I get this thing.
This is just as hideous and just as expensive. The Hershiser part is OK, but the Kirk Gibson photo will haunt anyone who views it (and yes, I fear I may have just freaked out some readers showing the pilfered scan myself).
There are precious few "normal" autograph cards of Orel. They do exist. I just have to decide whether I want to pony up for what they cost.
For now, I'm ever grateful that I saw the relic card on Cards From the Quarry.
And equally grateful that some companies are not so desperate to issue cards that they resort to high school photos.