There have been a few players that have become bigger targets of my collection. On such player was Ryan Kalil. Kalil was a great offensive lineman for the Trojans and was drafted by the Panthers in 2007. He was immediately inserted into the starting lineup and has made a couple of Pro Bowls. When his first cards came out in the Sage releases I made a decision to try and "super collect" Kalil. My goal was to track down all his cards, including 1/1s. I was thinking with him being an o-lineman, competition would be light. Unfortunately once he became Pro Bowl material some of his cards got outside of my price range.
I have a saved eBay search still for Ryan Kalil 1/1 cards and a little while back a new one popped up. I made a bid and ended up winning this card.
This is a Magenta Printing Plate from 2007 Sage Hit DECADEnce. The card is a Playmakers insert. When I got the card, it looked a little familiar and when I cataloged it on my spreadsheet I got pretty excited. I went to my box of USC hits, pulled out 3 other plates and boom!
I am now the proud owner of a complete set of 1/1 printing plates, all picked up at different times over the past 10 years. This is a first for me and maybe a last - who knows.
I also thought I would share this other sweet Kalil card out of 2016 Donruss Signature. Another low numbered (1/5) card added to the USC and Kalil collection. I may not ever acquire every Ryan Kalil card but my collection is shaping up quite nice.