The Legend

The Legend

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Expired Plate

Printing plates are the easiest "1 of 1" cards to find. They make for a unique collectible without breaking the bank.  My rule on plates is to try not to spend more than $10 on any single one. If I do buy them more times than not is either short stay Buccos or guys that don't get the auto/relic treatment.  So while I'll happily take the likes of Gerrit Cole and Starling Marte in trade, my purchases are more focused on the guys like Sean Casey and John Jaso.

My most recent purchase of a plate was a era you don't see as much on the secondary market.  90's Plates!!!!!!

1998 Topps Stadium Club Francisco Cordova Printing Plate (Black)

I think this is only my second or third plate from the 90's and they are all Francisco Cordova. I had to take a picture on my phone of the front of the card because the scan looked invisible. Interesting to see how plates have evolved over time.  This one is much more flimsy and thin than more recent plates. 

Obviously these are not the most attractive cards to add to your collection, but they make up for it in uniqueness. My excitement was a little higher with this one just because of the era. I've been putting a lot of emphasis adding players like Cordova.  Now I need to find an Al Martin from this period. Mission accepted! 

Thanks for reading. 


14 comments:

  1. That's an interesting comment on them being more flimsy and thin. They're supposed to be pretty floppy since they get wrapped around a roller for the actual printing. I wonder if this reflects a change in how Topps did its offset printing and when this change happened.

    Also it's neat for me to see how the 1998 Stadium Clubs were printed as straight photos. No graphic elements. No ground fog. Just a photo which would get three different foil stamps plus embossing (good lord that's overkill in the fancy shmancy dept).

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    1. I guess full bleed plates would be a rarity. The more recent Panini plates are super thick so I'm sure the technology has changed.

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  2. I had no idea these were around that early.

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    1. You barely see them. For whatever the football versions show up more on eBay.

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  3. I like those check marks on the back.

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  4. I don't buy printing plates very often, but they're always nice to add to the collection. Every now and then, I'll type in "printing plate" into COMC search engine and start filtering out specific teams and players.

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    1. I like them, but they are just not that attractive. Try to keep my purchases under $10 and to more obscure players.

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  5. Wow, interesting to see an early pack-inserted plate. A number of more questionable items (especially Pacific versions) pop up on eBay all the time so I like seeing an authentic one from Topps.

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