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An unlikely pair of Yankee blue refractors

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on December 11, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

I still love refractors. No matter how plentiful they become and worthless in the eyes of collectors, these shiny versions of certain Topps manufactured cards still blow me away. That is why I sometimes purchase small lots of refractors at discount prices. A few years back I picked up a lot of blue refractors and among the lot were these two 2006 Bowman Chrome blue refractors of AJ Burnett and Nick Swisher. Who would have thought that three years later they would end up being teammates for one of the most stories franchises.

Card of the Day: 2006 Bowman Chrome Draft Blue Refractors Travis Snider

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

I’ve been a card collector for more than 20 years — since I was seven years old — but have gone through points in my life when cards were placed on the back burner. When I was in college, I bought stuff here and there, mainly retail products, but really did not have time to go to the shops. Anyhow, if you look at my inventory, there seems to be a pretty sizable gap between 2002 through 2005. That’s because in 2006, there was one card that brought me back to the hobby: 2006 Bowman Chrome Draft Blue Refractor Travis Snider. In late 2006, while shopping for white T-shirts at my local I decided to try my hand at a blaster of 2006 Bowman Draft. In that box I unearthed a shiny blue gem of a youngster named Travis Snider. It was not until later that day did I realize that I had pulled one of the best cards in the set, and one of the most desirable ones of the Blue Jays prospect. This card has been graded 8.5 by Beckett, which kills me. The front is absolutely stunning. Sharp corners, crisp edges, smooth surface and spot-on centering. BUT the back is where I get dinged the centering is 80/20 right to left, which was a problem with the 2006 product. Oh well, more the reason to keep this bad boy in the collection. It’ll forever serve as one of the most memorable cards in my collection, even if Snider does not pan out. Continue reading