This is the latest big score in my Bryan Still master set. I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find several of the low-numbered parallels, including this one out of only ten! Turns out this card is almost as rare as a Ryan Leaf touchdown pass, the first of which was caught by the very player on this card!
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This card is a huge addition to my Bryan Still master set. There are a few low-numbered parallels that I knew might be tough to find, and this was definitely one of them! There are only 15… But why is the serial number out of 150? I was pretty concerned about that when I first opened the bubble mailer this came in. I thought I’d been duped! It turns out there are red and green versions of the Precious Metal Gems. Together, they are numbered out of 150, but the first 15 are green and the other 135 are red, so that 002 is actually 002 out of 15 out of 150! Whoa, right?
I realized as I was opening this package that I have made an egregious oversight on my blog. I’ve never done a mail day post! This is as good a mail day as any to start with, too – some great cards to add to my Bryan Still master set.
First off, three new rookies (including a refractor!) and a “pseudo-rookie” insert from the next year. It may not be an actual rookie, but it’s a gorgeous card!
Some great base cards, and a Gold Medallion parallel.
1999 Pacific Omega base and a Premiere Date parallel numbered out of 60.
Getting into the real fancy stuff, here, with 1997 Ultra base, Gold Medallion, and Platinum Medallion. I never realized the parallels had a different photo on the front. Cool!
Lastly, I picked up two numbered parallels from 1999 Score. The first is an Anniversary Showcase out of 1989 (for the first year of Score football). The second card is the real gem of this whole lot, though – an Anniversary Artist Proof numbered 9/10! This is one of a couple low-numbered parallels that are going to make my first master set a real challenge!
This probably seems like kind of a random card to most people. Sure, it’s a cool 90’s parallel from a great set, but it’s also a player whose biggest claim to fame is the ignominious distinction of catching Ryan Leaf’s first TD pass. (Those were pretty rare, though, I guess!)
Still (pun intended), this card has a lot of awesome going on for me. First off, well… it’s a cool 90’s parallel from a great set. More importantly to me, though, it’s a player from my beloved Virginia Tech Hokies. A player, in fact, who was the hero (and MVP) of what was then the biggest win in school history – the 1996 Sugar Bowl victory over the storied Texas Longhorns! GO HOKIES! (This is why I’m working on a master set of every Bryan Still card made during his career.)
It’s serial numbered 49 out of 50, too, in an era when “out of 50” meant “super-duper rare.” I like how the foil stamp on the back even includes the name of the parallel set.
There’s yet one more bit of intrigue here, though. If you look closely, you’ll see Still is wearing two different shoes, one Nike and one Adidas. Bizarre, right?
The thing is, one of those is not his shoe at all; it actually belongs to the defensive back trying to cover him. The card designer highlighted the wrong leg, but it’s a natural enough position that you’d almost never know the difference. That subtle error gives this card a whole new layer of endearing novelty to me.