2. 2018 Topps Bernie Williams Breathless Blowout Promo - I am more excited about this than the O'Neill. These are my favorite kind of finds. A limited promotional card from the Minor League All Star Game in Trenton. I collect these types of base design variations/oddballs each year as an extension of the Yankees Topps flagship team set. I became aware this Bernie when I saw this article back in 2018: https://www.beckett.com/news/2018-topps-bernie-williams-breathless-blowout/.
Limited to 2000 unnumbered copies. Aside from a crazy BIN from a seller who hasn't budged, I've have only seen two sell at auction in 2+ years. First one went close to $100, then a pair sold for ~$70 for which I was a second bidder. The owner must have bought the pair and relisted the second one at $60 to recoup their money just a few weeks back. As much as I wanted it, I felt $60-70 was a steep price to pay. At one point, I even called the 800 number for Boerhinger Ingelheim to see if they had extras.
I couldn't hit the BIN fast enough on this. It was about $40, but came with an autograph!! Not only that, the seller included the programs and other promotional material from the event which was a nice surprise. Neat card in support of a good cause, I've actually had a neighbor pass away from IPF so it means even more. This will be the Bernie autograph in my collection. Until now, I had a chrome one which I wasn't too happy with.
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This is so cool. I love me some Bernie. I’ve never seen that auto or any post about it. It looks so fresh on the 2018 Topps design. Nice find.
My first Kyle Lewis pickup arrived. These cards are so nice in hand, and really hard to capture the way they look. I also think I got this at a steal price being $48
The black matte on chrome is super nice, yet there is still a refractor layer over the top of that as well. This was the best I could do to capture the blue for the parallel, the black matte, the refractor over the black matte (you can see it on the right side) and his name which doesn't pop well unless light is on it.
2020 Topps Chrome Black Kyle Lewis Blue Refractor 46/75: