It is my opinion that the most beautiful cards have come out in the past 5 years or so. Sick, insane auto/patch cards, etc. Cards destined to get BIG money. You know what I'm talking about - the 1/1's that, when they make themselves seen, angels will sing.
For me, the big three that have always stuck out are
1996 Select Certified Mirror Gold
1997 Pinnacle Totally Certified Platinum Gold
1998 Donruss Crusade Red
All of them are #'ed to 25-30, yet I would consider each to be more valuable than most (if not all) of the 1/1's out there, ever made. Why is this?
I personally think it is because they are now all about 20 years old, are huge with both player and set collectors and, simply put, have become legendary. These have been on checklists of people for, in some cases, a few decades.
What are your thoughts, and what NON 1/1 cards of your favorite player would you pay MORE for than a 1/1 of your guy ... and why?