Twenty years ago relic cards were pretty popular. Half-inch swatches of swatches of bats and jerseys that may or may not have been worn or used by a player during a game. At some point there was a huge scandal with these cards, which I am not going to rehash in this space, and they have slowly disappeared over the last few years.
I have boxes full of these bat and jersey cards. I am not sure what to do with the relic cards at this point, other than to pull them out and look through them. I don't think they are worth anything and I do not know anyone who collects them at this point.
Still, there are some of these relic cards that are still really fun and unique.
One of my favorite all-time relic sets was the Stadium Club game-used dirt inserts, which were in the 2000 set. Still pretty popular cards, so I understand why Topps has recreated these cards and put them into Opening Day the past two or three years.
I don't do much with Opening Day, but I really like the dirt relics.
The player choice was a no doubter, although Jack Flaherty also has a game-used dirt card. That might be a card that I had to my watch list.
I am 100% that this game-used dirt was likely never touched by Blake Snell or even his cleats. I am basing that statement on the disclaimer on the back of the card.
I am just going to ignore that statement. I am a fan of the game-used dirt.