As time passes, I realize that my card collecting is not so much as a steady trickle of cards as a series of floods punctuated by obsessions. 2012 Leaf Memories was one such of these obsessions. For some reason, the design sparked an innate urge to get them all.....spoiler, I failed at that.
The reason is because Puig Fever swept the nation, and the price skyrocketed to the point where this became infeasible. The "additional" base cards, numbered 529 and above were split between rookies and retired players, with all of them numbered to 99. Prospect names that still resonate three years later include Addison Russell, Byron Buxton, Carlos Correa, Joey Gallo, and, of course, Yasiel Puig.
The retired players portion of the checklist was much easier to track down. Notice that there are blank uniforms and varying pictures of era and tone.
Reggie Jackson during his postseason mashing prime.
There were also two principal auto types in the set; one was essentially reprints of these high numbered cards, usually with a sticker auto and numbered to 25, and the other was buybacks from the 1990 Leaf set, which were then signed on-card and numbered to the player's uniform number in most cases. I tried to snag a few and successfully pulled out a couple of Hall of Famers.
2012 Leaf Memories is a set that surprisingly maintains a hold on me still even though I have very few actual 1990 Leaf cards....the collecting mind is funny sometimes.