I was at the hobby store the other day and I broke down and purchased a pack/box of 2008 Ultimate Collection baseball. Ultimate Collection is one of those “joe collector” type products – super expensive, guaranteed “hits”. In this case, for well over $120 you get 4 cards – 3 base cards and 1 autograph or patch card. Normally, I steer away from these kinds of products, but I was feeling generous and I wanted to do my part to help in our nation’s economic recovery.
The base cards were all serial numbered to #350. I got Jason Bay (#’d 252/350), Pedro Martinez (#’d 51/350), and Aramis Ramirez (#’d 248/350). One former Padre farmhand, a guy still waiting for a team to give him $5 million this season, and the Cubbies third baseman. Here’s the hit of the pack:
Ron Santo autographed game used pants, #’d 5/50. Not too bad. While not a “superstar” in the hobby, Santo is extremely popular with the Cubbies fans. Plus, you don’t see too many game-used pants as the jerseys are all the rage. Cool to see the old style wool pants. I can’t imagine playing baseball in the summer heat with a wool uni.