Oh the simplicity of collecting before the 2000's. I used to know immediately whether or not I had a Ryne Sandberg card in my collection because if I had seen it before, I had it. As I catalogue my Ryne Sandberg collection my skill has been a double edged sword. Parallel numbered issues are the bane of my existence. Multiple parallel numbered issues in a rainbow of colors are the devil. My developing checklist will be ever so important in the future because for the first time, I came across a piece in my collection that I have absolutely no memory of buying or even seeing before. This ironically named Absolute Memorabilia framed piece:
It's from 2002 which was right around the time where an American flag was featured in just about everything. You may not be able to tell from the photo but in the bottom right hand corner (apparently I should have dusted this better before scanning), this piece is numbered 40/50. I believe these were a one-per-box insert for the product but I'm pretty sure I would never have been lucky enough to buy a box and pull a Sandberg. Which means it either came from eBay or a LCS. I really like the idea behind the piece (limited edition, autographed, some patches even if they weren't game used) but the execution of the framing leaves a lot to be desired.