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 have been pretty happy with the number of appearances Willie McCovey has made in 2013 releases. It has given me quite a few new cards to chase. So far in 2013 McCovey has been featured in Panini Cooperstown, Allen & Ginter, Archives (2 different inserts), Topps flagship (3 inserts and some relics & manufactured cards), Gypsy Queen, and Museum Collection. One other release in addition to these was an appearance in Panini Golden Age.
Stretch didn't have a base card or an insert card but does appear on a relic. These seemed to be somewhat challenging to find and had a decent premium on the secondary market for a simple relic card but I was finally able to pick one up:
Despite the lack of logos, I think this is a pretty solid looking card. Panini appears to be attempting to emulate an old school design and I think it works. I am happy this isn't a boring white swatch as well, it gives it the look of an older jersey. Overall I am pretty happy with this pick up, a great new addition to my McCovey collection!