Saturday, September 29, 2007

Rookie Card Fever

Today we visit
1999 Topps Traded Autograph No. T51

This card is a good card.
Austin has that look of uncertainty as if he were a verrrry late round pick like Mike Piazza. But he should not. He was a first rounder. The bright, suuny sky behind him. The green grass of the outfield. The cool sand of the warning track? Why is he facing the outfield wall instead of trying to hit it over?
The overall Topps design on this one is good, not great. A crisp clean posed photo. Fresh looking practice jersey and cap. No goofy grin. Minimal add ons on front. Easy to tell who the player is. Actual on card autograph. And thanks to Mr. Kearns, a good looking signature you can actually read. But why he never adds an s to the end I do not know.

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