By my count, the Michigan QB-turned RHP for the Padres (who should be returning to their rotation soon!) is at 119 different issues (ignoring 1/1s) at the time of this post. Because of that, getting to the significant milestone of 50% hasn't been as arduous as it has with my other PCs. In fact, today's 13 additions put Clayton at an IHAS count of 70, or about 59%, which is great. I don't have anything else of him on the back-burner for now, but I'll likely be scouring eBay and COMC for new stuff again next month.
Will all that said, here's my 13 new Clayton Richard pickups:
Clayton Richard 2005 Bowman Chrome Draft X-Fractor (#048/250)
I still think of the X-Fractor as the least desirable Refractor version, but I've always kind of liked the 2005 Bowman Chrome design, so this one's cool. Looking over my checklist I see I'm just two shy of his eight-card Bowman Draft/Chrome run, his only cards from that year.
Clayton Richard 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Purple Refractor
Trust me, this one's purple, even if the scan came out closer to blue. Just like the '05 versions, I'm just two shy of his 2009 run, which is 11 cards strong, although in this case they'll be tougher to acquire: an Orange (/25) and Red (/5)! In any case, hooray for a "normal" Refractor!
Clayton Richard 2009 Topps Update Wal Mart Black Border
Clayton Richard 2010 Topps Wal Mart Black Border
Ah, and now we return to my favorites, the useless retail exclusives! These aren't the only ones today, but at least I've got them knocked off the checklist. Better yet, I think I may be down to just two more of these from Richard's PC.
Clayton Richard 2011 Topps
Clayton Richard 2011 Topps Chrome Blue Refractor (#92/99)
Clayton Richard 2011 Topps Hope Diamond Anniversary (#02/60)
Clayton Richard 2011 Topps Wal Mart Black Border
And here we have just one useless card out of four--I like those odds! As usual I didn't have the base card because I didn't buy any packs or boxes. I like all the action you can see with the behind-the-plate shot Topps chose. While I don't know why Topps needed a pair of inserts numbered to 60 (Black is the other, of course), I do kind of like the looks of the Hope Diamonds. And the Blue Refractor looks fantastic as always--Blue should be a Refractor color every year! Of Clayton's 21 2011 Topps cards, I currently sit at a pretty reasonable 15.
Clayton Richard 2012 Topps
Clayton Richard 2012 Topps Gold (#1017/2012)
Clayton Richard 2012 Topps Mini Gold (#46/61)
Clayton Richard 2012 Topps Target Red Border
Clayton Richard 2012 Topps Wal Mart Blue Border
Clayton was only afforded 13 different issues in 2012, and all but two of those are from Topps flagship/Mini. Here you see five of the seven I currently own. Two are (once again) annoying retail color exclusives, but the rest are right up my alley. The base card is Topps' usual solid offering, and the Gold is again one of my favorite inserts. Then there's the Topps Mini Gold, and interestingly enough, just like fellow Michigan alum J.J. Putz, I still don't own the base Mini card yet, somehow. Aside from the Silver mini, numbered to five, I shouldn't have too much difficulty grabbing the rest of these.
I'll be back with more COMC showoffs soon!