I like parallels. I'm a big fan of the various colored refractors in Topps Chrome. Sepia, black, gold, blue, red...you name it, I like it. I don't even mind the gold cards Topps has saddled us with in previous years. I'll chase the blue borders from Wal-mart, the red borders from Target and everything in between.
The problem is that it's starting to wear on me a bit. I'm feeling a little beat up by the never ending supply of colored parallels to chase. I've found myself buying retail at Wal-mart just to have colored parallels to trade to other bloggers. I know, it's a sickness.
I happened to notice a blue parallel on Potch Wheeler and the Cardboard Heroes. Potch was happy to send it over with a couple of other parallels.
I have a few of these black O-Pee-Chee parallels, but I don't know if I'll ever complete the Rangers set. Anytime I get one, it's greatly appreciated.
Here is another of those black bordered parallels. Neither one of these guys is with Texas anymore, but that's the hazards of being a team collector. You need one Ranger, you need them all.
Here is the card that started this little trade. I sent Potch some blue bordered cards because I really wanted this Michael Young. It's not quite the right shade of blue, but it still looks nice.
Just because I'm a little worn out by the number of parallels doesn't mean I'm giving up the chase, but I can forsee a time in the future when I give up the collecting bug for a while. If you've read my profile, you've seen that I have had periods in my life where I stepped away from the hobby. I don't see it in the immediate future however, so if you have any Rangers parallels to trade, let me know.
Thanks for the cards Darren!