Found April 30, 2012 on Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle:
PLAYERS: Matt Kemp
TEAMS: Los Angeles Dodgers
Ah, Opening Day, that most glorious of baseball days and most inconsequential of baseball sets. I'm not a big set collector, and I enjoy pulling hits of all kinds, so I have less than zero interest in ever buying the product for myself. However, for less than the price of a blaster (and purchased with Card Draft funds, no less), I couldn't possibly let the below beauty go and not add it to my Beast Mode collection. A quick bit of internet research has revealed that these Opening Day Signatures were placed in hobby packs with odds of 1:965. That's right, I would have had to bust roughly 1000 packs to pull any auto, let alone this beauty.Considering how few of these Opening Day autos I've seen on eBay, COMC, and other avenues such as those, I'd imagine the print run on these is, at most, 25 or so, and perhaps even smaller than that. This was only the third Kemp I had ever come across at the time: two on eBay and one in a forum post I found when searching Google for...
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