About two weeks ago I stopped into my local card shop and picked up a box of Allen and Ginter. I detailed the experience here. My box of Ginters appeared to be fairly average and ho-hum. I really liked a few of the non-sport inserts and thought it was cool to land a Price jersey relic since I would have probably gone out and found that card anyway. Then the next day I am sorting through my base cards putting things into order to start on my set and I find a cool Hank Aaron mini numbered to 25 that I missed all because I did not flip the card over and look at the back.
This long time card collector felt a little bit slow that day. Today it got worse. I mentioned in my latest post that I made a trip into my local card shop and bought a huge stack of Ginters to mix in with my commons from my box in hopes of completing a set. There was one card from my first box which was annoying me as I sorted.
Desmond Jennings. I had all of the cards sorted into numerical order, but it appeared that Desmond Jennings had no number on the back of his card. I immediately attributed the lack of number to the sloppiness can be Topps and just put him on the bottom of the stack. I sorted in all of my new cards, but Desmond was eating at me. I am missing several cards from the set still, so I decided I would figure out which hole Desmond was supposed to fill in the set. Here's the blank back.
It took about thirty seconds after Google searching Desmond Jennings 2014 Allen Ginter to find out that he had a card variation with no number. I was immediately slightly annoyed at myself for not looking this card up a little earlier and figuring out the deal with the missing number. So, it looks like my box, which started out as three relic cards, then three relics and short print, has turned into three relics and two short prints.
Lessons learned: I should have listened to myself and combed through the cards and the checklist better a few weeks ago when I first learned that I had missed cards. Did anyone sign in lemon juice?