Obscure parallels! I plan on taking it easy with card purchases over the next few weeks since I've had a lot of unexpected expenses lately. This has allowed me to focus on sorting some cards at home and cherry picking some cheaper issues off of eBay.
You had to take the good with the bad if you were a Pirates collector in the early 2000's. They were so bad and had such a small talent pool that card companies didn't give them a ton of love. It got old chasing guys like Jason Kendall, Kris Benson and Brian Giles at the time, but now it is kind of refreshing. When it comes to autos, relics and parallels these guys were pretty much it with the exception of maybe a young Aramis Ramirez. Now as I go back and fill holes from this time period it really doesn't take a whole lot of work since the player pool is small.
I really didn't remember much about 2000 SP Authentic nor did I recall the parallels. Recently a seller listed a bunch of parallels from these early SP sets and I pounced on the Pirates. Kind of an odd design, but still subtle for the time period.
Hope everyone is staying out of the heat. My wife and I were dumbasses and decided to work outside today. SO HOT. Stay inside.
Thanks for reading.