One of the 2011 goals I set for myself was to finish my 2005 Turkey Red complete set. I started the set about two years ago and got most of it. Unfortunately, I took care of the easy part. What I had left were a bunch of the SPs.
I didn't do anything at all with the set in 2010 and that kind of gnawed at me. I wasn't going to let the set go unfinished in 2011. So I went to work. In January I used a combination of Ebay, Becketts, COMC, and Sportlots to knock almost all of the cards off of my needs list and it only took a couple weeks.
There were four SP cards left, and I was stuck. The odd thing is that none of the players I still needed were big names. Still missing were #28 Rich Harden, #78 Troy Glaus, #59 Wily Mo Pena, and #223 Brandon Backe. That's not exactly a Cooperstown type list of players. I wondered why I couldn't find their cards at any of my four usual sources. Actually, the Glaus card was at Beckett, but it was priced higher than what I wanted to pay. I just figured that I would have to wait a little while and they would all pop up somewhere at a reasonable price.
That was three months ago, and not a single one of the four has shown up anywhere! I just don't get it! What makes those four so hard to find?? Well, I finally gave up.
There were plenty of white and red variations of each of the cards on Sportlots. I decided that a colored variation in the binder looks better than an empty pocket. So I spent the 75¢ each for the cards and filled my binder.
Here are my colored versions. If anyone has any of the real things and wants to make a deal, let me know.