I am going to go back a decade for this week's #MyCardMonday and pick out a cool card from one the first issues of Topps Tribute. Of course, Topps recalled their 2015 issue of the product during this past week, but the product as a whole has always been a really nice part of the hobby since it first hit shelves in 2002. Tribute actually disappeared for a while from 2005 through 2008 before reappearing in 2009. If you like the current product, and have never seen the original sets, you need to take a little bit of time and search out a few cards.
Here's my card for this week:
The first few Tribute products had a really good mix of active veteran players, Hall of Famers, and younger players. This is actually a second year autograph of former Dodgers catcher Paul LoDuca, he's in the 2002 Bowman Heritage set, but I really liked the looks of this card. Plus many of the older Tribute cards are pretty inexpensive. Players like Paul LoDuca, Magglio Ordonez, and Paul Konerko, who were all young at the time, all have autographs in the set that can be found for less than $10. The lone exception to the inexpensive young players in the set is the Hanley Ramirez rookie.
Besides being inexpensive the older Tribute cards feature only on-card autographs and they are not faded, nor smudged. I also don't recall them ever being recalled....