Besides, I just think back to his time pitching at NC State and enjoy every card of his that I can get my hands on. Locally he will always be remember as a great college pitcher who helped, along with Trea Turner, get the Wolfpack to the College World Series.
He's only been out of college a few years and he already has a bunch of items in the NC State Hall of Fame.....
Which brings me to a few new baseball cards. I picked up one new 2017 autograph of Rodon along with two 2016 cards that I did not own before last week. Brand new card first....
This is out of the Gallery set. I don't think there are as nice as the late 1990s/early 2000s version of this set, but I hold those sets on a pretty lofty pedestal, so perhaps I am setting the bar too high for these cards. I haven't picked up any packs of these cards, my local Wal-Mart is a complete disaster for baseball cards. It was a retail exclusive to that store. It's a nice enough looking card though, even if the autograph is a sticker, it's not immediately noticeable on this card.
I feel like I am getting picky about these colored parallel cards as I get older. A green White Sox card? I feel like this card is some sort of commemoration of the St. Patty's Day Spring Training Games where the teams don green uniforms.
I am okay with this for the moment, but I am seriously considering just buying/trading for parallel colors that actually look good. Purple Cardinals cards? No. Green Rays cards? No. I could go on, you get the point.
Last one. The Topps base set autographs usually have enormous print runs, and if you can hold out ten minutes after they are released, you can usually find many of them for next to nothing. Honestly, I actually really like the looks of these autographs out of the 2016 Topps base set.