Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Starlin Castro Sparkle

In the past I haven't bothered with Topps' shortprint gimmicks. The pie in the face cards, Abe Lincoln; I didn't care.

But this year, I like what they've done. The 60 different sparkle cards are a nice twist. So I looked over the checklist to see if there were any Cubs. With 60 cards and 30 teams, you would think that would be two per team. But no. There is only one Cubs player on the list, Starlin Castro. I guess I should be happy with that, because that would make it easier on the wallet. But that also means, that as far as Topps is concerned, there is only one player on the Cubs that has any value to collectors. And that usually means a poor team.

There were at least three Castro cards that were up for auction on Ebay, and I am proud to say that I got mine at the lowest price of all. In fact, I got the best deal of all the Castro sparkle cards sold in the past two weeks!

So here is the card

and here is a close-up of the sparkle in his pocket.


  1. So there's a sparkle in his pocket? No wocket? (Sorry, your last sentence sparked something in my head).

  2. Here's a question...if the Castro sparkle is a short print, and the Banks short print is the same card number as Castro's....doesn't that make Castro's regular card a short print as well"