The sporadic posts (can they even be considered sporadic at this point?) continue, as we re-visit an eBay purchase from a few months back.
I think at this point all readers are familiar with my Shawn Green collection. As I continue to try and grow it, I find myself searching for new and unique collectibles on top of my card search. I have several items on my Amazon wishlist that fit the "collectible-but-not-a-trading-card" category.
One of my saved eBay searches is "Shawn Green Printing Plate". I never want to miss an opportunity to bid on one if it were to come up, and until recently one never had.
Then I got the notification.
I'll spare the dramatics and just come right out and say that there was a 2001 Pacific Back Printing Plate available. I let it sit for a period of time, while I did some research, and quite frankly I don't think it's legitimate.
Here, take a look:
Very thin metal. The scan is slightly crooked, the "plate" is not. And there's just too much color for me to comfortably call this legitimate. Throw in the fact that everything I've read online indicates that Pacific never issued 2001 Printing Plates in packs, and I'm quite sure this isn't real.
That being said, I bought it using a bit of reserve cash and a nice coupon, so the price out of pocket is what I would consider fair for a very unique Shawn Green item for my collection. This "plate" will find a niche in the appropriate binder along with other Shawn Green mis-cuts and oddball items.
The seller also threw in two bonus cards as well, something I suspect was done because they knew this plate wasn't legitimate.
These are both from the 2004 Upper Deck National Trading Card Day multi-sport set. The Griffey is a beautiful add to my Reds collection, but the Sosa would be available if anyone wanted to claim it. Otherwise, I'll file it away until I finally get organized and really open up trading - by the end of 2019, if I'm lucky!
Ultimately, authentic plate or not, I'm pleased with the outcome of this purchase, and it's always nice to add a unique piece to my personal collection. If you've stuck around this long, thanks for reading - with a little luck, I'll get caught up on the two packages from Remember the Astrodome I still need to blog about soon...
Until next time, take care!