If you like black refractors from 2004, this is just the post for you.
I recently upgraded the Duke Snider card in my 2004 Topps Retired refractor car kit (still only missing Trammell).
Christmas card! My 8th 12/25 card of 2004 Retired.
Around the same time, I received a friendly email from a reader with whom I had some transactions in the past, Eric P. He was retiring looking for some specific 2005 Dave Winfield cards, though I could not help in his search. Then he surprised me with an offer to send me a bunch of 2004 Chrome black refractors as a gift of appreciation for the blog. Awesome! They arrived in a glorious mail day at the same time as the Christmas duke.
Look at that– another embraced Duke. Yes, it was a rare Double Duke post day!
Tom Glavine was another highlight of the lot. Always nice to watch Hall of Famers on a setbuild.
Mike Lieberthal here is my first personally signed 2004 black refractor. Crazy about it! While the thought came to me, I was probably not prepared to get serious about having more of these cards signed myself – too much money and energy to try to make it happen with private signatures or whatever – but definitely not give up not to if they fall into my lap.
Some fans’ favorites of the card sphere. Do you have that Tino, lost collector? It’s a beauty.
More solid names.
Before this invigorating push to the parallel set construction, I was a little over 60% complete (293/487). After Eric’s generously gifted needs, I’m about to finish three – quarters, and now sign up at 73% complete (356/487). With net 131 maps left to findthis crazy project of mine could actually one day have a chance to complete if I keep at it.
Shortly after that post day, I upgraded another 2004 Retired Refractor.
Robin Yount was one of the first ’04 Retired refractors I bought in 2013. But since then I wanted to upgrade quite a bit, because the signature on that one was a bit blurry. So it feels good to get this one with a bold signature. (I recently came to the realization that these cards should not be left in the light for long or the ink will start to fade. After these photos, banished to the deep, dark box!)
Taking photos in direct sunlight can be difficult, lol. It’s not the Christmas card, but it does have a neat “ebay 1/1” number as Robin’s sweater number was 19.
And the twist to this post is that every card came from Eric P. Yep, he sent all those black ’04 Chrome cards and was the seller of the Snider and Young auctions. I did not even realize it at the time of that first post day and I was very confused for a brief moment when 2 parcels from him arrived.
Thanks again, Eric! You are a true saint of black refraction, as far as my collection is concerned.
Have a great weekend, everyone, and thank you for stopping by.