at some point in the late 1990s and/or early 2000s, i subscribed to beckett. sometimes the montly price guide would come with a sample card. it's how i obtained the kobe card i sent to fuji a while back, and it's how i have a few other sample cards in my collection.
i was never lucky enough to pull a steve garvey sample, however, so i was eager to purchase this card
if only i knew someone at a tool & die shop with some foil. i have no idea how many samples of each card were made, but this one came pretty cheaply.
speaking of samples, p-town tom recently sent me some cards, including a sample from the 1986 larry fritsch negro league baseball stars set:
it's a sort of throwback to earlier collecting days - ordering from a catalog rather than through ebay or sportlots or whatever other online vendor you might prefer.
the garv and his 1972 topps high number card are featured on the topps flagship set page
and here is the page that features the negro leagues baseball stars set that the jackie robinson card would have saved you a couple of bucks on
as for the jackie, it's not a dodger card really, but i will add it to the collection regardless! similarly, i was happy to find this card
the dodgers are committed to smith as their primary catcher, so much so that the team traded top prospect keibert ruiz to the nationals for max scherzer and trea turner, along with josiah gray. now, the dodgers have had good fortune in recent years with the prospects they've traded outside of yordan alvarez and his monster 2019 season. we will see when it comes to ruiz, gray, and jeter downs (who the dodgers acquired along with gray in the matt kemp/yasiel puig trade), although i will not complain about losing downs since the dodgers got mookie betts in that deal and won a world series as a result.
tom included some cards of a few of those other traded dodger prospects. here's a 2017 bowman willie calhoun prospects yellow parallel
here's a 2017 topps jose de leon card
finally, here's a 2015 bowman draft grant holmes chrome parallel
i wish all these guys the dodgers traded success, but not at the jose guzman/john franco/sid fernandez/pedro martinez post-dodger level! thanks tom!