|The first chase parallel, 1992 Topps Gold|
1992 saw the first chase-based parallel card with Topps Gold. Inserted one per box, the set was a hit, and a scratch off-based game saw the creation of a "Winner*" variation. Donruss would answer back in their Leaf set with Black Gold parallels inserted one per pack, and Upper Deck's factory sets that year were all "gold hologram" parallels. Soon, most sets had gold or other foil-based parallels. 1993 saw the introduction of the Finest set with refractor parallels. The push to change from mass-produced to rare and unique super-premium cards was well underway.
|I wish I had this card. 1998 Flair Masterpiece one-of-one.|
Advertised as one-of-one cards, there have been as many as eight variations for a given set.
|Who put a printing plate on checkoutmycards.com?|
My question to you was: Do you consider each color of a printing plate to be a separate set?
Only one of you said each color really constitutes its own set. Seven of you said in one way or another that they make up the same set, either as four copies of the same card or four variations of the same card. Six voters said they don't even count as cards.
What does this mean for me? I already felt that trying to locate four different one-of-ones for any particular set was futile, and your responses tell me that if they do count as cards, there is no difference between cyan and magenta in a collection. It makes my collection easier, as there are approximately 1600 plates listings in my sampler spreadsheets, and that number will drop to 400. And I think it makes more sense. Though it would be awesome to have a full printing plate set for any one card.
Thank you for your input!