Sunday, June 1, 2014

Jimmy Howard: Certified Masked Marvels

I seem to be in parallel mode with my Howard collection lately. The last five cards I picked up were all parallels numbered to 100 or less. Today's card will make it six in a row. For whatever reason, I really enjoy collecting parallels, a lot more than autos or memorabilia with all the stickers and event worn cards out there today. Some may think parallels are meaningless, but to me they are important and add a good amount of variety. 

This one comes from 2012-13 Panini Certified and is part of the Masked Marvels insert set. Specifically, it is a Hot Box parallel numbered 09/75, which can easily be seen right on the front. The rest of the text can't be seen so easily with the way this thing scans. It's got white print on top of a rainbow foil finish that looks great when you're actually holding it.

What I like about this one is the simplicity. There are some text elements noting the year, set and insert set name that don't take over the front of the card. Then you have the small serial number that is clearly visible. Beyond that, the best part is probably the picture and the way it stands out from the background. 

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