My Favorite Card of 2017 has a new parallel sibling in the collection.
When I started the chase for the Jose Quintana rainbow, this Black Printing Plate of the Chrome version was sitting on eBay for a hefty $89.99.
Cue the sad trombone.
In the meantime, the Magenta Plate of the regular version showed up in auction format with a reasonable starting price. I ended up being the only bidder and won it for about $11 shipped.
Meanwhile, the other one sat on my watch list through two 30-day cycles unsold. When it rolled over a third time without any kind of price adjustment, I decided to submit a Best Offer of what amounted to $15.00 shipped.
In the offer I apologized for lowballing, but mentioned that the Magenta had sold for closer to $10 and asked if he had any wiggle room. I expected a much higher counter offer but to my surprise, it was accepted without question.
And because of this generosity, I rewarded the seller by spending more money with him and picking up a couple more Cubs cards from him. I've got some scanning and cropping to do but those posts will come soon.
This makes the 19th version of the card in my collection.
Can somebody explain to me like I'm 5 years old why the Chrome plates are reversed while the regular card is not? This seems to be universal with Topps plates.