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LWMM

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Finally got around to organizing purchases from the last few years. Here are some of the 2002s: four Bowman's Best base autos, three Bowman Chrome refractors (45/500; 143/500; 466/500), and a Topps Pristine R uncirculated refractor 60/149. The latter has a broken case, but 60 was his jersey number at the time.

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Another 2002 Bowman's Best, as well as two 2003 Bowman Signs of the Future base autos and two 2003 Topps Chrome Traded Uncirculated X-Fractors (19/25 & 20/25).
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A few more 2002 cards, all from Topps Pristine. One of the ones on the left (2002 Topps Pristine C refractors /1999) is serial numbered 1998/1999. Guess who also owns 0002/1999? So close...

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On to 2004, and with it the 2004 Topps Traded magenta printing plate. Always rare to pick up a 1/1 these days; they probably come less than one a year. Even more rare to pick up one from so long ago. 2004 was the first year Gomes had pack-issued 1/1s (in 2002–03 he had eight printing plates issued by Just Minors, all of which I have). I have 4 of the 17 2004 1/1s; somehow I also have 9 of the 14 from 2005, despite not starting collecting in earnest until the following year.

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This card technically comprises parts of two cards. The 2004 Fleer Authentix Ticket to the Majors set was numbered /999, and included parallels numbered to /100, /25, and /5. Then there was the autograph booster—a perforated four-times-signed card that could be torn apart and inserted into the others. I have a couple of the boosters (50 were made, I believe), but never had the courage to rip one up. Thankfully, someone else did.

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No idea what happened to the other three from that booster. For the sake of it, here's the full set:

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2004 Skybox LE Gold Proofs 36/150. This one features a circa-2004/05 IP autograph from Gomes. His signature soon thereafter got shorter—by now it's basically JGS—so it's nice to have a contemporaneous signature on this one.

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Here's one of Gomes's older brother, Joey Gomes. I didn't start collecting him until later, so probably missed a few 1/1s when they were first issued. The seller of this one said he picked it up when it came out because he wanted a printing plate, but then it just sat in a box for years.

Anyone else think that this looks more cyan than yellow?

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One of many side projects related to Gomes is to acquire copies of his cards with contemporaneous signatures (e.g., a 2002 card with a 2002-style signature, and so on). Mostly base cards (since that's what's mostly available signed), but parallels are fun to find.

Here are three recent pickups from 2002: the Bowman Gold parallel, and two minor-league issues. Gomes changed his signature around the time of the 2003 Arizona Fall League, so there was a a limited window for this style of signature. Meanwhile, the Bowman Gold is a parallel, and I haven't seen many signed minor-league issues for sale (perhaps because auto seekers tend to focus on major issues, and/or because those who get team/minor-league sets signed tend to be fans who aren't looking to sell). I'd like to replace them with blue signatures at some point, but very happy to add them for now.

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