My favorite player of all time is Hall of Famer Willie McCovey. I have amassed a collection of almost 1400 different McCovey cards since I started collecting him in the late 1980s. I will show off one of my favorite cards on select Mondays. Stretch was one of the most feared hitters of all time and I am excited to show off my collection.
I am a fan of Topps Archives. I know there are some issues with the tributes not quite matching up in design and/or font but I still enjoy seeing players on designs where they don't quite belong. This year I was very happy to see Willie McCovey in the Topps Archive release and to have him featured on a card in the 1993 Topps design. When the set came out and I saw his card for the first time, I was even happier as it didn't contain a photo that had been recycled dozens on times on card releases. Here is the base McCovey:
I typical Topps fashion, any new release has to have a few parallels and outside of the 1/1, I have been able to pick up all the McCovey's:
The most common parallel is this purple border and my card is numbered 171/175.
Next up is the silver border and mine is numbered 20/99.
The last card in this group that I acquired was this blue bordered card which is numbered 16/25.
And the final parallel is the Topps Gold card reminiscent of the 1/pack parallels back in 1993. This is unnumbered but I believe it is slightly more rare than the blue.
Here is the rainbow with the cards all together:
I was happy to see some new colors pop up this year in the parallels and I think they look pretty good on this throwback 1993 design. Thank you Topps for honoring my favorite player.