Monday, January 29, 2018


Someone on one of the baseball card Facebook groups that I'm in posted this 2015 Strata Paul Goldschmidt auto for a decent price and I jumped on it. Turns out the guy lives about 15 miles away and we frequent the same LCS, so we arranged to meet there instead of him shipping the card.

I love the fact that these cards have the MLB authentication sticker on them and you can tell which game the jersey was from. I wish they would do this with all of their relic cards. I know it won't happen, but a guy can dream.

This was my first Strata Paul Goldschmidt card and so after scanning the card I had to file it away and create a divider titled "Strata". It got me thinking, what does Strata mean?

So I looked it up.

So strata is the plural of stratum. So I looked up stratum.

Okay. So "a layer of material....often one of a number of parallel layers one upon another". That makes sense based on how these cards are constructed. 


  1. "Strata" is rooted in geology. A section of horizontal bedrock is sometimes (often in some places) as the strata of a certain region or area. Stratigraphy is the study of these strata, how they relate to one another, the processes which laid them, and their depiction in a 2-D setting (like a cross-section.)

    To me, it never really made sense with these cards, as the "strata" is just a layer of plastic over the relic, and all cards are produced in this strata-esque process.

  2. Love Strata! I've picked up a number of their on-card autographs over the years. Thinking about targeting a Goldschmidt for my collection after seeing yours.

  3. Sweet card!!! Your Goldy collection is getting more awesome each month. Keep it up!!!