Of course, Topps decided to tinker with something that was a pretty good formula and started putting sticker autographs, redemption cards, and last year's weird encased cards. Luckily, Topps went back to the roots of the Tribute brand and made this year's cards much like the original releases of this product. Seeing a few of the cards on Ebay, Facebook and Twitter pages, and a few blogs prompted me to haul a nice autograph in for my collection. However, after checking out the Cardinals autographs included in the product I decided to reach out for something a little bit different. Sure, I will go back and pick up a Lance Lynn and a Matt Adams autograph, but for the moment it can wait. This week I went with a CarGo card.
As you can see the design of the 2013 Tribute product is very similar to the 2003 version minus the jersey relic. However, this is a great card and I am happy to add it to my collection. Oddly, as many cards as I own, I do not own a Carlos Gonzalez autograph. I had a Donruss autographed rookie, but traded a long time ago and have not touched his cards the past few years. Really impressive player and a great autograph to add to my collection.