I noticed a guy with a sale thread and he had a number of cards I was interested in. For most of them the price just wasn't right, but I scored a pair I really wanted for $20 delivered. One is a Chris Getz you'll see over on the sister blog soon, and the other one is this, which I think will make some of my fellow Tigers fans drool:
Alan Trammell 2004 Topps Retired Signature auto
Wow. Just wow. I don't know what it is about the Retired Signature autos I like so much. That they're encased an "uncirculated" is a bit of a gimmick, but nothing that's really ever swayed me either way. So I have to assume it's something about the design. Seeing some of my older favorites on a modern Chrome-style design to go along with a sweet signature does have its perks, and I really like how Topps went with black borders for this set. Black is a color that just doesn't work with base cards because it makes it so much easier to spot defects, but on a chrome card it can actually enhance things.
So here you have it, my seventh Trammell hit and third autograph, which is easily my favorite and will be very difficult to top, though that's a challenge I'm definitely up to! I hope to add more high quality Tram autos like this, not to mention other Tigers mainstays, so I'll be on the lookout for more like this soon.