Gerrit Cole Topps Series 2 Clear Acetate Parallel /10
Do I think too many parallels exist,....yes. With that being said I do have a handful that I seek out every year. For the last couple of years my favorites have been the silver frame and clear acetate cards from flagship. Last year Topps decided to make the silver frames 1/1's instead of numbered to /20 like the previous couple of years. That is a good way to price someone out of a collection. I don't even think they produced the framed cards this year. That leaves me with the acetate cards in flagship.
One odd thing I've noticed about the acetate cards is that I've purchased many via the Buy it Now option. When you put a low numbered card on auction you are always rolling the dice, but in my experience the acetate cards hold their value very well. You seldom see them sell for below $10. The BIN price for this Cole was $15 with free shipping. That seemed reasonable so I pulled the trigger.
I often think I'm drawn to these cards because they remind of some crazy 90's early 2000's parallel. While many people were out of collecting at this time, I was going strong and fell in love with cheaper brands like Pacific. You add some lightning bolts and make this a diecut this could easily be a Pacific card. :)
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