I got back into card collecting around 8 or 9 years ago now, and in that time, it seems like the hype over 1/1 cards has grown by leaps and bounds.
Living in a bubble of sorts, hype of any kind is not something that I'm ever effected by, because I just don't pay much attention to things that excite and/or rile up other people -- and it's not because I don't care about anything, it's just that modern human's tend to get far too emotional over the most trivial of things, which is something that I just don't need in my life -- I've already got my own problems with anxiety to deal with, I don't need anyone else's.
As far as getting overly emotional over insignificant things goes, most modern card collectors are no different, especially when it comes to 1/1's. Some will tell you that it's the only worth chasing, and that they are the only thing of real value -- and on the opposite end of the spectrum, you have collector's who are of the Chicken Little mindset (the sky is falling), and will tell you that 1/1's are just one of the things that are leading the hobby to ruin.
Personally speaking, I've never really paid much attention to them, and other than a couple of cheaply bought printing plates (at a card show last year) -- which according to some, aren't even true 1/1's, even though they say one of one on the back -- I had never owned any.
With all that being said, I decided earlier this year that I'd like to own a "true" 1/1, and not because I was getting caught up in the hype, or because I felt like I needed one to validate my collection, no, I just wanted to get one, plain and simple.
After the decision to get one was made, it didn't take me too long to figure out that there were only a few sets that I would actually want a 1/1 from, which was nice, because it meant that there would be a whole lot less searching to do. I did eventually encounter one small problem though, you remember how I said that I just wanted to get one, well... I ended up getting two instead!
There was some interest in this card from multiple other bidders, but I still got it for less than the limit that I had set for myself. There were actually three or four of the Legends 1/1's up for auction during the same week that I won this one, I knew that I could only get one at the time though, so I went with Elvin -- mostly because you don't see him show up very much (if at all) in modern sets, and if that wasn't enough, I really love the picture that Panini used for this card, I mean it looks like he's got a broken thumb on his left hand and a big 'ol cast on his right arm (god knows what was broken)... talk about playing through the pain!
After getting this card, I briefly thought about going for the rainbow, but even though I love the set something fierce, I can still say that it has some really stupid parallels. I mean I really dig the colored borders (black, blue, gold, and orange), but my interest is completely lost once you get to things like different colored backs, faux blank backs, full name on the front, no name on the front, etc. -- needless to say, I won't be chasing the rainbow.
I had always hoped that I was going to pull one of Golden Age black's, and considering that I did open multiple boxes of all three years, it seems like I should have, but no, I had to go and buy one... but I'm okay with that! As a quick aside, since you can see half of Dan Issel's face in the background, would that mean that this is a Dan Issel 1/1 as well?
Also, I had to take a photo of this one (the scans were coming out terrible), which caused some glare to appear on the top of the card, I mention this only because I don't want someone to think that there's any discoloration, since that's what it kind of looks like in the picture.
Now that I've accomplished what I set out to do, at least as far as getting a 1/1 goes, I can honestly say that I don't know if I will be attempting to get any more... unless another cheap one of the legends come up from the 2018 Classics... or one of the retired players from the 2013-14 Prizm basketball... or...
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