My favorite player of all time is Hall of Famer Willie McCovey. I have amassed a collection of over 1100 different McCovey cards since I started collecting him in the late 1980s. I will show off one of my favorite cards every Monday. Stretch was one of the most feared hitters of all time and I am excited to show off my collection.
I recently picked up an interesting card to add to my McCovey collection in a large group of Giants I bought from someone on SCF. I will start by showing the back:
This is not a new card to my collection, I have had this a number for years. I have been trying to hunt down the gold version which has a gold hued background instead of this silver and is serial numbered to 100 copies. I have seen some gold ones pop up on eBay but they have gone for ridiculous prices. This card was produced in 1999 and I only have 3 older certified autos in my McCovey collection. There were 3 autos produced in 1998 which I believe were McCovey's first.
So what does the front of my new card look like:
It is a card with a large redemption sticker on the front. In order to exchange this card for a signed McCovey it had to be postmarked by 12/1/99 and received by 12/31/99. Since this was a 1999 release I have to think that was a pretty short window and must have hurt the value of these boxes. I am not sure how many of the other autos were redemptions.
These must be fairly common, although I haven't seen one before. They are listed in Beckett as a separate entry and have a book value of $5 compared to $40 for the auto card and $80 for the gold version for those who are interested in values. For me, I am just happy to add another unique card to my McCovey collection.