Friday, June 13, 2014

2012 Topps Cyan Printing Plate #268 Miguel Cairo

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I've gotten over the desire to acquire printing plates. Not that it was ever terribly overwhelming. Until this one I had merely two. But every so often I check the 'bay to see if anything sneaks through. This one did. Six bucks shipped is not bad at all for a 1/1 of anything.

The journeyman infielder began his career in 1990 as a minor leaguer in the Dodgers' system. He would get his major league debut with the Blue Jays in 1996. He then logged some time with Cubs, Rays, Cubs again, Cardinals, Yankees, Mets, Yankees again, Cardinals again, Mariners, and Phillies before finishing his career with a three year stint in Cincinnati. So this would be his farewell printing plate, I suppose. He would amass over 7,700 plate appearances in his baseball career (including the minors) maintaining a .264 average in the majors while performing exceptionally well on defense. He is currently an assistant to the GM for the Reds and filled in as the Reds' bench coach last year.

Bonus? This joins another cyan plate from the same set: Juan Francisco.

These look nice together in the ol' binders. Only 29 more to go to complete the cyan plate Reds team set! I don't predict success in this endeavor.

Go Reds.


  1. I tend to agree with you on these printing plates and a whole bunch of other 1 of 1 type cards -- once I get Robin Yount and Paul Molitor printing plates of something, I'll have all three of my favorite players with plates and I'll be good. They are reasonably cool, but more as oddities than collectibles to me.

  2. I think that printing plates are pretty awesome. That said, I don't go overboard trying to collect them - I only have two, from the '11 and '13 Topps flagship sets. Both were pretty cheap, less than $10. Not really the "scarcity" that snags me (low serial numbered cards that are almost identical to the "base" card don't really appeal to me), but the idea that the card was actually involved in bringing all of the other cards to life just seems cool.