My favorite player of all time is Hall of Famer Willie McCovey. I have amassed a collection of over 1200 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.
With my collection expanding over the past few years, I don't spend as much time searching for McCovey cards from the past to get into my collection. I try to get any new releases but don't do long searches looking for the cards I missed when they were released.
I recently stumbled across an auction for a relic card that I didn't already have. I do have a saved search for McCovey 1/1 cards and this happened to come from one of those annoying sellers who claim an non-1/1 card is an action 1/1 because, in this case, it is serial numbered 01/25. This is the worst logic ever as it would take you down a path where a 07/25 would be a 1/1 as it is the only one stamped with a 7.
This card comes from 2005 which happens to be the year that my pipe dream of owning one of every card ever produced came to a screeching halt. Up through 2004 Willie McCovey had what seemed to be a somewhat obtainable 775 different cards. However in 2005 alone, the card companies produced 810 different McCovey cards. With the total more than doubling in one year it was frustrating for a player collector. Since then my attitude towards collecting has changed and my goal now is to just get as many different cards of my players without breaking the bank.
When I saw this "1/1" listed, I reached out to the seller and we quickly struck a deal. Here is the card I received:
Here is the back of the card promising the jersey was worn in an action game. You can also see the serial number "01" which actually connected this card to. I know I will never collect every card from 2005 (heck if that year didn't exist my McCovey checklist would be almost 1/3 smaller) but any time I have a chance to pick up one of the missing cards at a reasonable price I am going to jump.