I don't know how people with a Player Collection of a modern player do it. All the Autos, jerseys, millions of 1/1 cards, and other low serial numbers how do you even start to decide what to chase. It is one of the nice things about player collecting a guy that only played/managed through the early 90s; there is only so much for me to chase and I for the most part know what is out there I don't have yet. It isn't too often I find something that completely surprises me. Well, I just got something that completely surprised me.
A printing plate from 1962 Topps. Did you know these were out in the wild, I didn't? If it had come from Topps Vault that would be understandable but this didn't. (though it was really big seller on eBay) I had thought that all the printing plates went to Venezuela so that they could do the Venezuelan cards. Maybe the reason the 1962 Venezuelan set didn't include Virdon amongst others is the printing plates never left that states. I probably way overpaid for this since I'm the only Virdon collector that I know of but I couldn't take the chance it got away and did the BIN the day it got posted. I mean it's a 57 year old item that shouldn't exist but does.
I now know how it feels to get a printing plate for my Player Collection just like those modern collectors, only different.