This is one of my favorite inserts from the Update Series.
It features the middle of the Cubs infield, Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney. As soon as I saw the card, I knew that I had to have it. In fact I need two, one for the Cubs binder and one for the Barney collection. Both of these guys have their careers off to a nice start and I hope they anchor the Cubs infield for years to come.
In addition to the regular card, there is also a relic card. I debated about picking one up, but since I've gone after Darwin Barney cards, I thought, why not. Being numbered to 50 and having Starlin Castro on it (there are plenty of collectors grabbing his stuff) jacked up the price a bit. But I was able to wait patiently and snipe one for a decent price. Here's the one I picked up:
If you look closely at the Barney piece, you'll notice a stain. Here is a close-up
It that dirt from a hard slide? Then again, it also looks like it could be some coffee that he spilled while relaxing in the dugout. Do any of you look specifically for stained cards; or do you specifically stay away from them; or do you even care?
I didn't really notice the spot when I was bidding on the card, but once I had the card in hand, it was pretty noticeable. It doesn't bother me; I'll just pretend its dirt from him sliding into home with the winning run, and then the crowd breaks into singing, "Go Cubs Go!"