How many of you readers at home used to watch Sesame Street when you were growing up? I usually don’t like discussing childhood things with a mixed crowd because I either wind up sounding like a young whipper-snapper or horribly dating myself. But given Sesame Street’s unprecedented 41+ year run (and counting), I’m going to assume you all can follow along with me on this one.
A popular segment of the show was One of These Things (Is Not Like the Others). We’re going to play that game now with some cards from my Emmitt Smith collection. I know this might seem a tad too educational and developmental for this blog, but just go with it.
Are you ready? Here goes:
#1 #2 #3
One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn’t belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?
Well, how do you think you did? If you picked #3, you’re correct! Perhaps the bigger question though, is WHY is #3 the odd one out?
Because I don’t think it exists. If your logic is adequate, I’m sure you’ve figured out that card #3 is the 1999 Donruss Elite Primary Colors Red insert. Parallels and serial numbers were all the rage in the late 90s, and I’ve fallen victim to the hype. Not only do I really want card #3 to complete the mini primary rainbow, it is serial numbered to just 25 copies and I have never seen one anywhere. Perhaps all 25 copies are already in prized Emmitt Smith collections. Maybe there are a few still stuck inside sealed packs in someone’s dusty storage facility. All I know is that not a one has found its way to my home. I do have the die-cut red insert, but that is #/75 for I can’t fathom what reason. In my current box breaks, it’s nothing to pull a #/25, #/10, or even a 1/1. But do you think I could find a #/25 from 1999? No.
Maybe some day…
EDIT: A buddy of mine just found a copy for sale! Now I just need to do some deep soul searching to decide if it’s worth $120…