Sunday, January 12, 2014

All about 'base' cards

I'm a big fan of relics that aren't just plain swatches and pieces of wooden bat. I like unique relics, like patches and buttons. Unfortunately, those are a bit out of my price range, as they are usually quite rare. One cool type of relic that I particularly enjoy and that can be had on the cheap are game-used base cards.

In fact, a few years ago, I collected the entire 2000 Upper Deck HoloGRFX A Piece of the World Series set, which included game-used base relics from the 1999 World Series.

When I saw this card on Listia recently, I decided to go after it. I did spend a decent amount of credits on it, but I'm happy with my decision. It's a very cool Jason Giambi 2002 Leaf Rookies & Stars card with a piece of game-used base. And as Topps refuses to do, Donruss actually gave the exact date and game that the relic was from.


  1. That's a great "base" card! Love the fact that it says what game it's from. The fact that is featured the D-Backs is an added plus for me. Nice card!

  2. I like the date on the back as well and I love me some . . .

    The Giambi boys went a combined 0 for 7 that day in a 2-1 win. Jason was 0 for 4 with three k's. No wonder he was willing to give the bat up!

  3. I like how Giambi's depicted as a Yankee but the base is from an A's vs D-Backs game/from Giambi's A's days.