i accept the fact that i am now, first and foremost, a player collector. i still collect dodgers, but have no illusions of collecting them all. i have a number of mini-collections as well, but i've pretty much quit (new) set collecting, and my main focus continues to be steve garvey cards. in recent years, however, there have been so many parallels that i have come to terms with an approach that nets me just one example of each higher end card rather than one of each parallel. of course, there are exceptions.
one example of the rule can be seen through my accumulation of garvey cards from 2020 panini flawless. with releases like this, i have found the best approach is to pounce on reasonable buy-it-now listings otherwise i run the risk of paying more later. there is usually a short window when a product is "hot" and the majority of the cards reach the secondary market. after that, it is hit or miss when searching for them.
garvey had four cards in 2020 flawless, and each card had at least three versions. there are a total of 18 cards available for the garv from this set, which is not too bad compared to some others. here is one of the cards that has six versions:
here is the other card with six varieties
this next one was the first card from this set that i acquired thanks to a very very reasonable buy-it-now
that is the dual patches card - gold version. it has the highest available print run, with the other two versions being /5 and /1. i think this is a beautiful card, and it's due to the padres colors.
garvey's fourth card in the set is this one:
remember up top when i mentioned that there are exceptions to the rule? well, here's one.
while i'm talking about panini flawless, here are a couple of garvey's cards from the 2017 release
i already had the /20 in my garvey collection, but saw an opportunity to add one to my dodger collection at a great price, so i pounced. i also have a ruby (/15) version in my garvey collection, but added the sapphire (/10) because i couldn't pass it up at the buy-it-now that was offered. there are still three versions with smaller print runs of this card that i do not own.
lastly, here is a 2019 panini flawless signatures card i picked up about a year agothe sapphire version i already owned.
i have another parallel focused post in the works. the theme of that one is very fittingly "be careful what you wish for". stay tuned!