2020 Topps Archives AUTO #76TA-CCS
Bunch of firsts with this card. To get my soon-to-be-Snickers-and-candy-corn-stained hands on this card, I had to go through some unfamiliar channels. Yes, this is a redemption card. Looking at my account, the last time I redeemed anything from Topps, it was for a set of 2011 USA Baseball refractors. I have absolutely no recollection of this. I'd have to look to see if these cards are still in one of my monster boxes, but I'm guessing I sold these? No idea. And before that, my last redemption for a 2011 Lineage Buster Posey AUTO. I sold it for $113. It was a rare instance of me selling at the apex of a card's value. All copies currently for sale and recently sold have prices far below that.
This card is also Sabathia's first on-card AUTO as a Milwaukee Brewer. His only other Brewer autos were stickers on the high-end Sterling product. The signature on this card looks better in person, and of course without those annoying scanner lines. I am very happy to have this card, and I was pleased with the turnaround time on the Topps redemption. So much better to receive in the mail than the stacks of political ads I'm currently getting as a resident of a battleground state.