My son and I made the trip to Bentonville, AR today for a card show and it was well worth it. They've grown it from a little 20 or so table show to one needing two convention rooms and what looked like 100+ tables.
The OG Allen and Ginter. I have no clue why this is a 2. It's got rough corners but they aren't rounded. The edges aren't perfectly clean but they aren't bad for a 134 year old card. The back is complete and clean as well with the usual toning. I've seen 4s and 5s in much worse shape.
I'll cross it to SGC in my next sub to match the rest of my N28s and see how it goes.
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2004 Bowman Heritage Black and White Yadier Molina RC - I love these cards. This fills out the "rainbow" if you will of base, Black and White, and Magenta /25.
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2001 Topps American Pie Rookie Reprint Relic - I'd actually never seen this one before. For $2 it's a no-brainer.
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This is why I always stop and look at every case and dig through boxes. These were stacked under a couple other cards in a showcase and I could just barely see the green border and part of the Topps 50 logo. I was actually hoping they were Pujols but for $15 for the pair I'm not going to complain.
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2013 Bowman Sterling Blue Stephen Piscotty - My son even managed to find a Piscotty he didn't already have.
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A bunch of Griffeys to fill 90s set holes
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1997 Pinnacle Clout Museum Collection Ken Griffey Jr. - I'm not working on a 1997 Pinnacle Museum Collection set (at least not yet) but this card was in the same sale as the others and it was just too nice looking to let it pass.
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Dufex is probably the best thing ever produced. Sure, refractors were nice at the time but there's just something about Dufex that makes it the top of my list. Even commons look sharp.
I think I agree with this. The 1993 refractors had such an awesome look, which I think surpassed all subsequent refractor issues. But that's second place.
All things considered, I think I'm down with dufex as the best ever treatment of a card surface. And for what it's worth, of all the various incarnations of dufex, I think I like the 1992 Select chase stars and the 1997 New Pinnacle AP's the best.
Can't argue with this. While I like dufex 1000x more than refractors, part of that could be that Topps had all these years to completely overdo their revolutionary card treatment. Still, dufex is so much more versatile and can take so many different pattern, and Score/Pinnacle did a great job of mixing it up.Regarding Dufex vs. Refractors, I think Dufex is helped because it was last put on cards in 1998 (that 2013 Pinnacle set was a poor imitation) while Topps has had all of those years to way overdo Refractors.