Recent Royals: 2005 Topps Finest Shane Costa Black Refractor

I have very few card collections given my limited resources and space, but I did decide some time ago to begin collecting on-card Royals autographs. It’s been a blast so far trying to track these things down and this is the latest addition to my collection. To view the cards currently in the collection, take a look at the Gallery or the other posts in this series. I’m working on getting a legit want list together on my trade page but, in the meantime, if you have any on-card Royals autos that it looks like I don’t have, don’t hesitate to drop me a line!

I typed "Shane Black" literally every time I typed about this card. Look him up to learn why!

Topps Finest has always been a mystery to me. Maybe because it’s always been out of my price range. Or maybe because every year the design looks like the player was snatched from a game by aliens and put on a weird extraterrestrial religious symbol.

No matter, because now I have several 2005 Topps Finest autographs, all of exceptional players! Okay, at this time, I actually only have the one Matt Cambell base auto. But it’s hand-numbered! Hey wait… why isn’t this one hand-numbered? It’s numbered, all right (to 299), but they only numbered the /970 ones? Where do these ad wizards come up with this stuff?! Anyway, I did a little write-up on Shane on my post for the 2005 Topps Chrome refractor I picked up for the exact amount I got this higher-end, lower-numbered card for: $1 plus shipping. Go figure.

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