Sunday, January 23, 2011

Moments and Milestones

One of my favorite aspects of card collecting is discovering a card or a series that you never knew existed, which happened to me recently.

I was doing my daily eBay search for any newly listed Luke Hochevar and Dexter Fowler cards when I came upon the card on the left.

It is a 1-of-1 Black Printing Plate for a 2008 Moments & Milestones card and I had never seen this series of cards before nor did I know that Hoch was a part of it.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but it is my understanding that all of the cards in this series are serial numbered which would mean there are no "base cards", which might explain why I'd never encountered it before.

What are the odds that I would find (and buy) a printing plate before I ever saw (or could buy) one of the cards it was used to make?

A few months passed by until the card on the right finally popped up on the bay and I hit the buy-it-now button.

Yet, once I viewed the card in person, I was even more confused because if you look closely at the text on the right hand margin of the card, it says "NL Rookie".  This is odd because I'm 99.99% certain that Luke has been an American League pitcher his entire career (except for interleague play).

It just goes to show that you can learn something new everyday, as long as you are paying attention.

(And, as always, if you have any other Luke Hochevar cards from this set, please let me know.  I'd love to track down some more of them for my personal collection because it is so interesting to me.)


caljr3000 said...

Well, the Dodgers did pick him in the supplemental first round in '05, but he never signed with them, so he never was an "NL Rookie". Oddly enough, Beckett doesn't list it as an error.

Eric L said...

That's what I was thinking. Can anyone say eBay 1-of-1?

BA Benny said...

Nice score!