Monday, May 19, 2014

McCovey Monday #52 - 2011 Topps Update Rainbow

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.

I don't think I have shown these cards off before and I am too lazy to check.  Based on my recent track record of posting I am lucky to even have a post.  However, even if I have showed off these cards before, they feature one of the best photos ever on a McCovey card and maybe ever so enjoy.

 This is a Willie McCovey card out of 2011 Topps Update.  This was back when they had some SP parallels of HOFers and former stars. I was a big fan of that, much better than some of the recent sunglasses or celebrating cards.  Willie was the SP that shared a card number with Prince Fielder - I think that is a fairly decent comparison which seems to be what Topps tried odo doCheck out the photo on this card with Willie Mac sliding into home against HOF catcher Johnny Bench.  This is a fabulous card and amazing picture don't you think?

Next up with the Diamond Sparkle parallel. This looks pretty cool with the player in the background fading some and the trio in the foreground kind of pops.  Apparently this parallel is more available and affordable than the base card.

Another parallel, this time the Cognac (liquifractor).  I also like the look of this card but the Diamond one above seems to pop a little more.  Looking back I can't believe I completed the entire Giants team set of these Cognac parallels, as I recall they were only released in Update but went back through all 3 series.

The final card of this rainbow is the Blue Hope Diamond parallel.  This card is serial numbered out of 60 and was a pretty challenging pick up back in 2011.  This card is really a nice blend of the two above in my opinion with the blue shading.

Here is the rainbow in all it's glory:

This is not the biggest rainbow but one of my favorites in my collection.


  1. Nice rainbow and a cameo of one of my fave HOFers Mr. Bench. I wonder it Willie is safe or out on this play?