I beat the odds!!!
Now before I reveal my amazing card, let me give you some back story on why I am so excited about this card.
Many people aren't in love with the Project 70 art cards and I completely get it. Many of them I am scratching my head on as well.
With such a broad range for this project I knew there would be some cards I really liked and some cards that just didn't appeal to me at all. When the project first hit I said I would get any of the Andrew McCutchen and Roberto Clemente cards that were released. If something struck my fancy I would pick them up as well. If a collector committed to an artist's entire run through Topps they could qualify for a free print at the end of the project that depicted that artist's entire run.
Well, Cutch was one of the first cards to appear in the set as he was Blake Jamieson's first card of the set. In addition to Cutch and Clemente I was also going to add any cards that Blake Jamieson produced.
Early on in the set, Alex Pardee, another artist released a Ronald Acuna Jr card that looked like it had crossed paths with a Venom symbiote. Being a big comic book fan I grabbed the Pardee Acuna and had to add Pardee to the list of cards I would always buy during the 70 hour ordering window.
Now my list consisted of anything Cutch, anything Clemente, anything Blake Jamieson, and anything Alex Pardee.
At $19.99 per card this was going to get expensive.
Then Ermsy (one of my favorite artists from last year's Project 2020) created a tripped out Dock Ellis.
I'm a Pirates fan and love the no hitter that Dock threw while supposedly on LSD. I grabbed that card as well.
Then other artists started making more cards of Dock Ellis. At one point Dock had more cards than Mike Trout in the set.
I hit the reset button and got back to basics.
Nothing else unless it really catches my eye.
Then a funny thing happened.
Blake Jamieson, who is one of the most awesome people on this Earth, released a card of rookie Jarred Kelenic of the Seattle Mariners.
I like Blake as a person and really want to get a print of Blake at the end of the project, but do I want to spend $20 on a Jarred Kelenic card?
I literally waited until the final hour before I pulled the trigger and ultimately got it. One more player I don't care about and I'm not going to continue this though.
A few more Clementes were released.
Then Blake released a Randy Arozarena card. I don't care about the Tampa Bay Rays. I have no extra love for 1968 Topps. As a matter of fact, I hate 1968 Topps. Despite wanting that print because of the Cutch appearance I was dropping Blake's cards from my list. I just didn't want to spend $20 for a guy who was potentially involved in a domestic abuse case on a team I don't care for on a set design that is easily in my personal list of top 5 worse Topps designs pre2000.
But then just a few days later, something amazing happened.
Andrew McCutchen was getting another card in Project70 and it was by Chuck Styles, a Philadelphia artist with strong ties to Black Lives Matter. What a perfect match!!!!
And the card depicted Andrew's alter ego, Uncle Larry.
And then Pardee started his mustache guys cards.
I loved the Randy Johnson with the screaming ball and the dove.
The Dennis Eckersley and Rollie Fingers were also great.
But then there was a Polar Bear for Pete Alonso. It's a great nickname and it actually made sense for Alex to draw Pete as a scary bear, but quite honestly....it seemed to obvious. I loved Alex's weird interpretations he had done.
I was out on Pardee.
I was out on Jamieson.
I was only in for Clemente and McCutchen cards again, which is what I originally set out for.
Then something crazy happened.
I picked up another batch of mail and noticed this invoice with 3 Project 70 cards inside from Topps
Ok, I knew I bought an artist proof (and discussed hoping to hit a foil when I revealed the card back on this post a month ago), but there was three cards inside this package and according to the invoice numbering it looks like I was getting something special inside.
Artist Proof with silver frame limited to 51 copies
Foil!!!! Limited to 70 copies
Put on those sunglasses
😎 😎 😎
Holy foilboard Batman!!!
I am super stoked about getting this card.
Needless to say I could turn my $20 investment into $150+, but honestly I would rather keep the McCutchen in my collection than pocket the extra $130+ profit I could make.
With all the hype around sports cards in the past 18 months have you chosen to hold onto cards that you know you could flip for an easy profit, but instead chose to hold onto them because they mean more to you than some extra dollars?
Have you ever felt like you hit a cardboard lottery?