I love firsts especially when it's of my favorite player. I have always enjoyed these mini cards but my focus has usually been on the ones that are found in the Allen and Ginter brand but my gaze was drawn to this one from the inaugural Gypsy Queen which was released back in 2011. What makes it so special? It's made of "leather" of course.
Eagle eye readers of the blog might remember that back in December I was in the process of acquiring a special Kershaw package on eBay. The seller and I couldn't get on the same page so I ended up acquiring a BGS gem mint of Julio Urias instead. Even with that though I kept in contact with the seller to see if we could work something out. After a couple months he and I finally pulled the trigger which also in turn set up a trade between us which I will be posting about in a short while.
While I acquired two cards in the transaction I believe they deserve their own post. Even though this one is more limited (10 vs. 25) than the one I will show off tomorrow that one is the big get for me. This card is labeled as "leather" but it really isn't made of that material as it just has the look and semi feel of it. I have owned my fair share of mini cards but this is my first numbered one and what better player than Kershaw? This card and tomorrow's card are both destined for a BGS in either full submission form or at the very least as a raw grade review. When I saw this card online it looked to be centered nicely, corners sharp "enough" and the seller stated they saw no flaws per se. Once in hand the only thing that "might" hinder a good grade is one corner has a slight fuzziness to it. Other than that I think I am good to go.
In the end I picked up my first "leather" card, of my favorite player, on my favorite team, in the "rookie" issue of a loved card brand. Tomorrow I show off the card I was really after as I consider this mini a bonus.
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