For weeks (maybe months), I've been telling Derek of Tomahawk Chopping that I have a Martin Prado mini card that he can't have* but I keep forgetting to make a scan of it for him to drool over.
Why would I be so mean and tease him? Why would I possibly want to keep a Martin Prado mini card from a Martin Prado collector?
Because the Prado mini is actually one-third of a "three-card mini strip" blank back Topps 2010 T206 card that the Topps Vault produced last year. The other two-thirds of the card are made up of some Millwood guy from Baltimore and Luke Hochevar.
The card is longer than a traditional sized card. I'd estimate that it was the size of three mini-cards placed side-by-side. There are no perforations in the card, it's just one solid piece of cardboard.
Sadly, none of the "three-card mini strips" were not numbered 1/1 by the Topps Vault people, so the back is almost completely blank (which is why I scanned it with a colorful background).
If anything, this seems like more of a true one-of-one collectable item than any of the other blank back cards I own. When I think of one of a kind card gimmicks, this kind of card seems like a no brainer. I would imagine that they did not label it 1/1 because it did not come in the sealed Topps Vault case that the others did because of its size. Therefore, a handwritten "1/1" label wouldn't be as believable because anyone could have written it. I imagine it's a CYA move on Topps' part.
Also, I have no idea why these three guys were put together on this card. They don't seem to have any connection to each other. In the set, Prado is card #43, Hochevar is #70, and Millwood is #102, so it's not like they are next to each other in the set.
Regardless, I'm glad to own it.
*If I'm going to be honest, if Derek were to make me an offer for this card that I couldn't refuse, I certainly wouldn't refuse it.