Just because I found Baby Starks the other day doesn't mean I am done with Al, the vendor I've been going to since last year. It's fun picking out cards to trade with him, and I did another deal with him on Friday. He had a bunch of the Mets cards I gave him last time out on his table, and I came up to him just as he was selling a couple of Keith Hernandez cards to somebody.
This time I gave him eleven Don Mattingly cards, mostly junk wax. In return I picked out nine cards from his box of stars. Here are eight of them:
Then I pulled out a 1992 Topps Gold card of Brien Taylor with an autograph on him. I asked Al, "This isn't real, is it?" He pointed out that tucked behind the card in the plastic sleeve was a certificate of authenticity. Doing research online later I found out that the card was only issued in autograph form - #793 in the Topps Gold factory set, it was one of the first autographed cards to be inserted into a set.
Keith Schmidt, First-Ever - 27
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