But some things were within reach, and I've been reaching...that's for sure.
But I could pick up one...or two...on COMC. I did a search on booklet and this one hit all the marks I was looking for:
- I could afford it. It cost me $6 and change.
- It had multiple players, which looks really kind of spectacular in this format.
- It had sensible wording with the relic cutouts. Some of them are abbreviations or cutesy slang.
- The relics were multi-color.
As an aside, Datome is the only Luigi in NBA history.
This Hardaway card comes from a 12 card set, and it's so cool that I think I might keep my eyes open to see if I can get some more of them. The 2013-14 rookie class is considered pretty weak but the CJ McCollum and Michael Carter-Williams may be out of my price range. They also offer patch (which Panini calls Prime) and Super Prime versions, but I don't think I will be able to afford any of them. Let alone finding them- Super Primes are usually 1 of 1.
The Europe set is only 4 cards, and not outside the realm of someday completing. There I go dreaming again...
As for Hardaway, he was starting to hit his stride and had become one of the best players on the Knicks...so of course they promptly traded him to Atlanta where the coach decided he didn't like him and gave him a bunch of DNP-CD before sending him to the D-League. He finally started to use him more eventually but I can't help but think that the Knicks would be doing a lot better with him on the team then without him. He is a third string guy on the Hawks whereas when he was with the Knicks he was almost the second option behind Carmelo Anthony. He's only in his 4th season now so hopefully he will go a better team - or at least better for him - when he hits free agency.
Both of these cards are from 2013-14 Panini Preferred, and for right now they are the only Booklets in my collection...but I really enjoy them so I will try and add some more over time, like I mentioned above. You can be sure that if I do, they will show up here!