I went to one of the local card stores on Tuesday. I knew what I was looking for. I had seen them the last time I was in, but I didn't know that anyone collected them. I have since found out that someone does, so I went by to pick them up.
The "them" is sample cards.
These are two of the three sample cards that came from Pinnacle's Select 1995 offering. The other card is of Alex Rodriguez (card # 241). I didn't see that one.
One of the things that I noticed on these cards are that the gold foily stamping on the front of the cards was applied after the printing. Somehow I always imagined that the card would be created and then the word SAMPLE would be the last thing. Shows you how much I know about the card creation process. It makes sense, but I don't think like that.
I was able to pluck these out of the 25 cent card box. Three other (non sample) cards joined them. I offered the shop owner a dollar for the five of them, including tax. He didn't quibble and I think was glad for some store traffic, although he never got off the phone with his buddy the whole time I was there. I think that they were playing online cards together and were ganging up on their opponents. To be fair, he did greet me when I entered and I told him that I knew what I was looking for and I'd let him know when I was through.
Some lucky editor will be receiving these cards in the coming weeks.