Calling It Quits Of My Pursuit Of The 2013 Topps Heritage ‘Giancarlo Stanton Rainbow’
Collecting a baseball card rainbow has always been an accomplishment that appealed to me. I like the idea of ‘having one of every’ but I never really knew just how hard it would be to accomplish until I tried.
The first attempt I made was an Ernie Banks rainbow from the 20080 Upper Deck Heroes of Baseball set. I have a bunch of them, almost all actually, but I have yet to ever see the Purple card that is numbered to 25 surface. It is the final piece of the puzzle that I need for the set to be complete and I put in work every day to be sure that if one becomes available I am aware of it. I am into year three of this journey.
I have completed a handful of 3-card and 4-card sets recently, but I don’t consider them ‘rainbows’ – they lack size, color, and the challenge.
And in my Andre Dawson collection of cards, I have several 3-card and 4-card sets in the works and completed, but many of them include very low-serial numbered cards that are either way out of my price range or extremely hard to find.
So, I opted to try something a bit different for me.
I went for a more modern release. And I went after a player that I thought would be fun to collect – the Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton.
And it has been tough – every step of the way. So tough in fact, that it is no longer fun. And when the fun is sucked out of something, it is time to make a decision. And my decision was fairly easy – RETREAT!!!
So, my 2013 Topps Heritage Giancarlo Stanton Rainbow will rest at 7 cards for the time being. I am going to stop seeking the missing cards from the set. I am moving on.
But first, let me at least show you the progress that I have made up to this point.
Short Print – Action Image Variation
Black Frame (Thank you, Night Owl)
Purple Frame – Refractor
Chrome – Numbered to 999
Chrome Refractor – Numbered to 564
And there you have it. It was fun while it lasted, but continuing the hunt for the cards that I am missing from this set just does not sound like fun for me at this point. The ones I need carry a hefty price tag and seem to get bid on almost as soon as they are listed on Ebay.
So for now, I am calling this rainbow done. I am missing the Venezuela card, the mini card, the box-topper card, and the color variation card and I am ok with that.
Here is a look at the whole set at one time.
And now, I am moving on.