Finding new Seneca Wallace cards for my PC continues to get harder and harder. At this point, I maybe find one I need every 4-5 months, whether it be on EBay or COMC or wherever. So when one pops up that I've never seen before, it's a really exciting time. When I then win that card for cheap and get to add it to my PC, it's even better. And this most recent card is especially awesome because it's Christmas themed, thanks to some Santa hats:
See, in 2003, Donruss/Playoff decided to thank some industry people and card shop owners by sending them Christmas cards. Only these weren't the Christmas cards you and I get - they were 5 by 7 cards featuring some of the hottest rookies of the year with Santa hats on their heads. The cards all had relics built into the cards based off of these hats, and were numbered out of either /100 (quad relic cards) or /50 (dual relic cards).
Now whether it be because of the way these cards were distributed or their weird size, these are crazy hard to find. Before this card popped up on Ebay, I had been looking for it and its /50 counterpart for more than 6 years. I know other 2003 rookie chasers who haven't seen a single copy of their guy's card (even the /100 version) in 12 years of searching. So, it's a weirdly rare card to begin with.
What's even crazier is I almost had a chance to get this card before. Blowout used to have a well known member named Madbacker, who mentioned to me that he once got a badly creased copy of this card from Tracy Hackler and that it was mine if I wanted it IF he could find it. This was too awesome, but he never had time to find it and then was banned from Blowout, so the card seemed destined to stay out of my collection.
Well, until now. Here it FINALLY is, in all its glory:
What's even better with this card is that my wife LOVES Christmas and decorating, and she gave me permission to bring this card out every Christmas. So while this card will sit in a 5 x 7 binder page 11 months of the year, I'll get December to show it off in a prominent place in our living room alongside other Christmas stuff. Pretty awesome.
Since this card is crazy rare, I'll show off the back as well:
I feel like I need to truly show off the cards 5" x 7" size, so here's a size comparison next to the other card I grabbed in this purchase:
It was only $1.50 and there was combined shipping, so I figured it was worth grabbing a 1960's Topps card of a HOFer:
So a Christmas card I had been waiting on for 6 years and a nice card of a HOFer - I'd say this was a fairly successful Ebay get!