I have always been drawn to the unique cards or items from the players I collect. It started with my Rickey Henderson collection in the late 80s and early 90s where there were tattoos, 3D cards, candy filled plastic standups, credit cards, pencils and just about anything you could think of to put a name and/or picture of a famous baseball player. I also picked up every oddball of Willie McCovey including first day stamped envelops and mini pewter statues. Fun stuff.
One thing I have been contemplating as I build my Giants collection is how many of these oddballs should I seek out. With so many cards absent from my collection, I have plenty of targets without broadening my search beyond normal cards (and minis!). For the most part I haven't really sought anything out however occasionally I will run across something that is unique and priced right and I will take the plunge.
Recently I picked these up on Sportlots:
So, am I considering this a good purchase? I guess so, kinda fun and very unique. I am glad I stumbled across them. I still think that my only oddball purchases outside of my player collections will only come when I randomly find items like this. I don't see myself going on a big search.
What is your approach to Oddballs in your collection? Are they a key component of your collection? Are there some Oddballs you prefer over others?