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Texas collector finds first Stephen Strasburg Allen & Ginter autograph redemption by Chris Olds

We all know which player’s cards are the “golden ticket” in 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball this year, and one lucky collector from McKinney, Texas, was the first to land the biggest card of them all.

Craig Parker discovered a redemption card for a Stephen Strasburg autograph — a card that has already topped the $1,000 mark on eBay less than 24 hours after he discovered it in a pack at Triple Cards in Plano, Texas.

“As I opened my two boxes that I bought last night, I received a light blue redemption card,” Parker said. “I really thought it was going to be a game-used jersey or bat card of an obscure player.  I look at it closely and could not believe it – a framed auto redemption card of Stephen Strasburg!  The guys were giving me high fives and were really happy for me.  It was a thrill for me and one I will never forget.”

The group break was part of the regular “tradition” there at Triple Cards — evenings where the case-busters gather and help each other complete their sets.

“There were a lot of guys there opening boxes and boxes of 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter,” Parker said. “When I got there, I asked the group what was the best card anyone has pulled.  The best card was a mini No. 401  Strasburg.  It was a sweet looking card. I asked if there was a better card and someone replied that an autographed Strasburg was rumored to be in the product.”

The rest, of course, is history.

Parker just wished he had brought a camera.

“I have always enjoyed reading your editorials on Beckett and the famous Box Busters videos,” he said, “[But] I wanted to share with you my most amazing pull from a pack that I wish I had on video!”

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


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