Rookie Card Showcase: 2005 Topps Gold Andre Ethier
I noticed something a few minutes ago when I chose to feature this card — there are a whole lot of rookie cards that feature players who are no longer with their original team. Here we’ve got current Dodger star Andre Ethier pictured in an Oakland Athletics uniform. I’m not sure how others feel, but personally this kind makes the card slightly less appealing.
Now don’t get me wrong, I still love rookie cards period, but I always find the cards to be even more appealing as a collector when they feature a star or up-and-coming player on his current team. Wouldn’t you feel the same way if this Either rookie showed him as a Dodger?
Anyway, Ethier had a great three-hit game — a single short of the cycle — to help the Dodgers closeout the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2009 National League Division Series. This happens to be my best Ethier rookie, and it only set me back a buck. This is the gold border version (#’d/2005), so technically it is a parallel, but now we’re splitting hairs. There are basic Topps versions of this case, as well as chrome signed versions. The chrome signed versions are what everyone and their mother is after right now, and you’re going to do a whole lot of work if you’re going to convince me to go out and do the same.
Truth be told, I think Ethier got really lucky finding his way out of Oakland and into Dodger land (and eventually in a situation where he is hitting in front of Manny.) Not sure anyone projected him to be a 30-homer, 100 RBI guy.
For kicks, wanna guess what the serial number is on this card? HINT: Think slot machines.
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