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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ryan Getzlaf Asks, "Is There Anything Better Than An On-Card Auto?"

I wrote recently about my desire to add some bulk to my Ryan Getzlaf Collection, with a particular emphasis on picking up some autographs of the hulking centerman. Today I present a pickup that fits both of those yearnings, Getzlaf Auto # 4.

On-card baby! Add in a nice two-color swatch and a very reasonable price (a ten spot) and this addition is even sweeter. I really dig these 2008-2009 ITG Superlative Auto/Relics. A great job by Brian Price and the ITG crew. Here's the back of the encased card for your viewing pleasure, and it brings up an interesting point. Well, I find it interesting.

As you can see, it's the Silver Version and numbered 1 of 50. I find this interesting because it's a similar numbering to another card I own. If the above Getz looks familiar, it's because I picked up the below one right around the same time I snagged this one from eBay. And wouldn't you know it, they're both denoted as 1 of 50.

How that's possible, I don't know, but I also could care less. My best guess is that ITG is saying each of these cards is one in a print run of fifty. Either way, it's a pair of sweet Ryan Getzlaf signatures, and two distinctly different jersey pieces. I'm a happy lad. Even happier with a new picture of Erin Hawksworth to debut.


  1. Yep, you got it. ITG tends to number their cards like that, so for a given print run of 50 cards, they will all say "1 of 50."

    I guess it would be cheaper to print the same thing 50 times than to print 50 different numbers (i.e. 1/50, 2/50, etc.)

    This is something I've never liked about ITG stuff...

  2. Thanks for the clarification Paul! And yeah, I'd imagine it's cheaper and hence why they do it.