Have you ever had a card that looks ugly on the computer, yet when you see them in hand, they look incredible? I've had it both ways, but nothing as eye popping as these: The 1998 E-X Essential Credentials parallels. Tidel144 posted online that baseballcardpedia.com had been updated, most notably (to me) the E-X set. They are doing the Lord's work over there, and I gotta give them props!
When I first got in the FUTURE Canseco parallel #/61, I was surprised by its beauty and was mesmerized by it, so I placed it at the top of my list to try to get it back into my collection after I sold. I personally had NEVER seen either card for sale previously. Because the only scans I saw online of the NOW /40 version, I didn't have much of an urgency to add it. Here is a scan of both together .... (FUTURE on the left and NOW on the right.)
Then I saw a Ripken NOW, and loved how it looked. Plus, holy crap - look at the end price!
I was finally able to track down the NOW Canseco, and in doing so, was happy to finally be able to take proper pictures of them together:
I don't know if I've ever seen as big of a visual discrepancy between scan and picture as I have with these. All I know is that if I didn't see anything other than scans of these cards online before, I may not have been interested in picking them up! What about you? Have you ever experienced something like this before?