I collected baseball cards from the late '80s through 2002. Then I went to college and when I came out, I was lost. There were too many brands, sets, choices, relics, autos, parallels, variations. It was a turn off. However, I slowly made my way back.
So here is my attempt to venture back into the hobby. I'll buy a few packs of cards here and there, comment on some cards I have, send out some TTMs, and follow the progress of my Topps Yankees Project.
My buddy Aus on Twitter reached out to me asking if I needed a Don Mattingly 2014 Topps Archive card. I haven't bought nor received any Archives yet, so "hell yes" was my answer. A few days later, this showed up, along with a Sparky Lyle Yankee Stadium Legacy card.
It's weird seeing Mattingly on a 1989 Topps design that isn't his original base card. I've seen the original about 5,000 times, so it's definitely a little jarring. 1989 was always cool because it was a bit different - Mattingly standing in the dugout surveying his bat while in a BP jersey. I don't believe Topps used the Archives photo for any original Topps issues, which is always nice (note: I could be wrong, but none come to mind right now). It does remind me a bit of his 1987 Topps All-Star card, although it's not the same. It's definitely from early in his career though.