My collecting years range from second grade in 1989 through my senior year of high school in 1999, and my collection consisted of only baseball cards. I’ve seen a lot of stuff through those years, from the introduction of Upper Deck to the demise of Donruss/Pinnacle Brands.
It’s really hard to say what my favorite gimmick was from all of the different products released, but if I really had to choose, I’d narrow it down to either refractors from Topps or dufex from Pinnacle. I love refractors due to how the chrome cards seem to pop more, but I also love dufex because, well, it’s one of those things that you have to see in person to understand.
A couple of weeks ago, I wanted to start putting up a serious collection of Cam Newton cards. I bought a few here and there when I thought about it, but at the time they were affordable rookie cards and nothing more.
That’s when I saw this insert from Panini, a 2013 Prizm Monday Night Heroes Blue Prizm. Whew. A lot of words to describe the card. Confused? I was. Prizm is the set name, and Prizm is also the term used to describe the refractor look to it. And blue? Well clearly the blue border is the culprit behind that.
I don’t know what it is but to me, chrome cards with colored backgrounds seem to pop much better than those without, which is why I love the 1994 Finest Baseball Refractors. But that’s a story for another time.
This may not be a high dollar card but it will definitely be displayed proudly in my collection, and I will attempt to complete the rainbow. Isn’t that what player collectors do?