I recently posted about a few Ben Petrick pick ups for one of my newer player collections and shared my desire to surpass the 50% mark. JediJeff from the blog 2 by 3 Heroes commented that he was 45 cards behind me and that he needed to get going. Sorry to tell you Jeff but after a recent Beckett.com Marketplace shopping spree you are even farther behind.
If you don't know Petrick's story, this ESPN story can get you up to speed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99cyiDGHHOo (thanks Josh!). It is a very sad story and one I can somewhat relate to as my Grandma suffered and passed from Parkinson's as well. With Petrick being so young, the story is even more sad. My way of honoring him and my Grandma with my card collection is this collection.
Here are my recent pick ups:
Lifetime Topps Project that these two parallels (HTA & Limited) were two of only three parallel sets from the 2002 Topps release - I still need the gold border. Can you imagine a world with only 3 parallels!? I have always been intrigued by the Topps Stars cards, another product I have never cracked. I like both of these cards with the bottom left card being a gold parallel to 034/499. The MLB Showdown reminds me of how few Giants I have from this set in my collection. The Vanguard card looks very nice and is a high quality card.
This group of 37 cards puts me over the halfway mark with 165/308 or 53.6%. I think it is time to set up an eBay search for some of the more rare cards and see if I can add some "quality" to my quantity although I must say that Ben Petrick's career seemed to parallel a few years with some really nice base cards. Happy collecting!