Featured Card: 2005 Topps Retired Gold #92, Bob Boone
As is usually the case, the card getting designated with a milestone number is one of a couple that could’ve received the honor. I’ve stated in previous posts my general aversion to parallels, but in this case it became a weird necessity when I decided to give up on completing my 2005 Topps Retired team set. While I already had the Boone, tracking down the Steve Carlton and Dale Murphy cards at prices I was willing to pay became frustratingly difficult. Oddly, this was not the case with the serial-numbered, Gold parallels. So, I made the decision to complete this particular parallel set instead of the regular cards. I particularly like this particular photo of Boone because of the uniform number he’s shown wearing. According to Baseball-Reference.com, Boone never actually wore #52 in a game with the Phillies, so this must be a Spring Training photo that dates from before his debut with the club. Unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge, no baseball card shows him wearing #40.