Friday, December 06, 2013

Puig's Five Star Jersey/Relic Cards Have Something Unusual About Them - Dodger Green

As avid collectors know, Topps just released their newest Baseball card set called Topps Five Star, and I noticed something strange about the Yasiel Puig relic cards.  Check out what I mean above.

At first I thought that it must be a scanner/color issue.  Then, I realized that can't be it.  Puig is wearing Dodger blue in the corresponding photo.  So, technology is not deceiving me and neither are my eyes.  What we have is a Yasiel Puig game-used relic jersey card that actually uses a green Dodger jersey.

Say wha...?  Green?

Ya, you heard me right!  The Dodgers do wear green, but only once per year.

Every Spring Training the Dodgers wear green jerseys in celebration of St. Patrick's Day, and the jersey Topps attained must be the jersey Puig wore this past Spring. Unfortunately, I couldn't track down a photo of Puig in green, so instead I'll show you a bunch of Dodgers in St. Patrick's green from March, taken by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2013.  See it below.
(pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2013)

How cool is that, eh?

We have a Puig relic card in an exclusive product that features a game-used jersey that we know for certain came from March 17, 2013.  It's a Puig card in Dodger Blue with a splash of green.

I wonder if all the relics use green jerseys, or is the above example unique?

As you can see above, the Puig Jumbo Relic cards of all the different parallels found appear to be all green.  At least, I have yet to see a non-green Puig relic card.  I also ran into another Puig relic card, an Active Player Quad Patch Dodgers Book Card (see it below), that also features a green jersey patch piece.  Awesome!

Normally, I could care less about game-used relic cards, but I find these cards to be really neat. 

BTW, Topps Five Star is a high-end set that will cost you a fortune to purchase.  Unopened boxes cost from $350.00 to $400.00 a piece, and you get only 6 cards in the box.  That's right, just 6 cards for about 4 bills. 

With Yasiel Puig's cards being the big hit from the set and plentiful, to boot, the cost/risk/reward ratio for Dodger fans is fairly good.  Still, it's far too pricey for a collector like me. I guess I'll have to look for bargains on eBay.

Also, I'll have pics of all the Dodgers' cards from this set some time next week. So, stay tuned.

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