2012 TOPPS CHROME CYAN PRINTING PLATE LUCAS DUDA
The concept of serial numbering cards gained mainstream hobby acceptance in the early ’90s, thanks in large part to the Donruss Elite inserts discussed here.
As the decade progressed in a haze of flannel and Seinfeld, the legion of extant card companies kept lowering the limbo stick.
5,000. 3,000. 2,500. 1,000. How low can you go?
The logical endgame seemed more like a punchline at the time, but it was clearly inevitable. And eventually, there it was: the one-of-one card.
Fleer was the first company to take the plunge. Their 1997 Flair set contained a parallel to the regular edition called Legacy– these cards were similar to the regular-issue Flair cards, except for the card-front finish and foil highlighting. These were individually numbered out of 100.
The Legacy Masterpiece versions of these cards were stamped with yet another different hue of foil, and carried on the back a stamp indicating “The Only 1 of 1 Masterpiece.”