I always slow my card purchasing down during the holidays to keep spending in check. Some years I've even halted purchases in December all together. This year that wasn't as necessary as I saved a good bit of money by avoiding retail packs and high end singles. So while purchasing has been limited, I've continued to do my usual browsing. This allowed me to find a hidden gem that in years past I would have missed.
2006 Fleer Tradition Sean Casey Printing Plate
I've never went all in on printing plates over the years. I'm not a player collector so the need to have every card under the sun was not there. Also, they are just not that attractive. If I come up with a top ten favorite card list in my collection a printing plate wouldn't crack the list.
With all that being said I do have a decent amount of plates in my collection. When I do spend money on them it is for a player that has seen little cardboard love as a Pirate. Such is the case with this Sean Casey.
I spent $10 on this card which is the top end of my comfort zone for these type of cards. Truth be told I would have probably even gone a little further because I really wanted the card. Casey spent only half a season as a Buc so the Bucco cardboard portfolio is light. This is now the most unique card I have of him in my collection. I do believe one or two autos exist as well, but they rarely pop up and sell surprisingly high.
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