Cael’s Collection – Printing Plate Cards – Bedrosian, Mount and Ortiz
The previous entry about our baseball card team set giveaway coming up this Sunday got me thinking. I started this blog in February 2011 and one of the early categories of posts was named Cael’s Collection. It highlighted the baseball cards of Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni that I have picked up over the years. Cael is now 2 1/2 and someday all these will be his, so he gets the naming rights of this portion of my blog. Unfortunately for him, most of my cards are of minimal value, but the fun is in the hunt I suppose.
I pick up cards of our alumni at local shows, regional shows if I can time visiting my older brother in Chicago correctly and we even hit the National the year it was in Chicago. Several of our local guys help me out when they are breaking boxes and hold on to stuff for me often with minimal or no payment. I am always in your debt Brian, John and Tim. You still have an open account to my comp tickets to Kernels games. The most common acquisition form has been the always present Ebay. It’s a dangerous place when you have 383 major league alumni and countless other minor leaguers who have had baseball cards produced.
I haven’t made a Cael’s Collection post in quite some time so I will be making up for lost time sharing some of my recent additions. Recently, I picked up a Cam Bedrosian printing plate card up off of Ebay for a reasonable price. Printing plate cards are a fairly recent addition to the collector’s market. Each set of cards is produced using large printing plates. There are four different printing plates used for each card (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black). The plates are cut up and individual printing plate cards are then inserted into product at a very low rate making these among the rarest of cards. Each is designated as a one of one card as there is no other one like it in the world.
I have picked up three printing plate cards of Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni. Ebay has been the source of these finds. A Ryan Mount 2005 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospect black printing plate card BDP45 1 of 1 card cost me $10 back in 2007. I was lucky enough to get him to sign it while he was here with the Kernels that season. Last year, I bought a Ramon Ortiz 2005 Topps Chrome black printing plate card BDP45 1 of 1 card for $11 and then this past month I picked up the earlier mentioned Cam Bedrosian 2011 Bowman Chrome magenta printing plate card BCP156 1 of 1 card for $13. Bedrosian was kind enough to sign it for me.