i recently introduced my mini collection focusing on my favorite cards from each year that i've been a collector. the basic gist is that i wanted to create a space for the cards that i most appreciated having in my collection in the year that they were released. these were cards that i acquired in the year that they were issued, and that i considered to be my favorites at the time. i have disallowed (most) cards that are already in other mini collections in order to avoid having a mini collection consisting of more steve garvey, double plays, and dodger stadium cards.
the purchase also allowed me to come close to completing the set, which was nice. i had bought factory sets since the early 1990's, and 2007 was the first flagship set i hand collated since 1987. anyway, i wound up with two of these cards - one went in the set build and the other is now in this mini-collection.
upper deck set a high bar for itself by calling this set "masterpieces", but they delivered with cards like this koufax. the realism of koufax himself, combined with the impressionism approach to the fans in the background is something that i really like. just a gorgeous card - one that i've referred to as "perfect" in the past.
up next, 2003. stay tuned!