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I picked up a Juan Gonzalez way back when they were newer. Always hated that it was another certified card that was cut up as sacrifice for it, but maybe your theory could be accurate.Stoked that i stumbled across this pretty rare one and grabbed for FAR less than the one Burbank has listed. Its an /9 autograph. Guessing DLP had damaged 1997 Century Mark autos and this is where they ended up. Some players had over 100 on this series, some as few as 7. Actually a nice card in hand. Thick and nice foil.
Glad to see I am not starting this month's thread on the 3rd!
A trio of Aaron autographs, but not the guy we normally see. The 70 Tommie Aaron sticks in my mind well. I remember really liking that card when I was a kid. Tommie died well before his brother Henry, in 1984, at the age of 45 from Leukemia. His 13 career HRs, 8 in his rookie season, helped propel the due to the top of the All Time HR list for MLB brothers.
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Bartell drugs, which I believe is a local drug store chain, had these sets available a few years back around Christmas time. They were $25 if I recall, with some or all proceeds going to Seattle Children's Hospital. The set was filled with local Seattle celebrities, the checklist has some impressive names but was by no means a comprehensive list. There were non-sports folks too. Each set included a signed card. I figured this would be a decent purchase, even if I struck out on the autographs and you can't beat helping a charity at the same time! Besides names like Russell Wilson, Gary Payton, Ken Griffey Jr, there were some fairly uninspiring names like Charlie Furbush and Spencer Hawes. In addition to the 22 "celebrity" checklist, 3 kids who were patients of the hospital signed cards as well. Now, this can probably only sound insensitive, but I can imagine that pretty much only family and friends and perhaps some completists out there would have wanted those 3 signatures. It was definitely a factor in making a decision to buy a set, despite the charitable aspect. Clearly there were not going to be equal signatures of all subjects and odds had you probably pulling a card of one of the kids.
Didn't matter, because the day I heard about the sets and tried to go online to buy one (or more), I couldn't find a single set available. I was not about to relive my Starting Line Up horror stories and drive around, trying to find sets at the drug stores. i am fairly certain that would have just wasted my time and gas. As usual, the sets were likely gobbled up by people planning to resell them and the everyday collector was left in the cold.
I have since added Kyle Seager and now Jewell Loyd. I'd add a few more if I could find reasonably prices copies, but they seem to have settled and fallen into collections after almost 3 years. Really, the only ones left I'd even want out of the 25 card set are Griffey & Wilson (yeah, forget it) then L. Wilkens, G. Payton, D. Schremph, A. Clark, E. Martinez, D. Wilson and M. Haniger. That isn't even 1/2 of the set for my taste. Too bad there were no other "vintage" players. They set could have really been great with the likes of Steve Largent, Freddie Brown, Ruppert Jones, Alvin Davis and some other fan favorites over the years.
2020 Topps Seattle Children's Heroes checklist, box set details, autographs and more. The set benefits the Seattle Children's Hospital.www.beckett.com
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I am not looking for any of them specifically now that I have a couple, but if one of the baseball or basketball players shows up at a nice price, I'll try for them.I'm working on my 2nd set. When they came out a couple of years ago (end of 2020, like you since it was for charity, I reached out to some friends I knew up there and had them get me a few boxes. (I paid about $40 per box ($25+S&H+their time to pick them up) You mentioned the 3 kids in the set. One of them is a short print that I sold to another friend before I tried to make the 2nd set. I have some extras if you need them. (send me a message and I'll let you know who I have) (the 2nd set has base cards as place holders - Jamal Crawford & Olivia Vitella)