First up is this sweet Dave Stewart Silver Signatures red parallel #11/20 from 2013 Five Star. I didn't have a specific need for this card but I wanted to have something from the most exorbitantly expensive set in the Topps catalog. Stewart is probably one of the "worst" retired players on the checklist and that made this auto pretty affordable. I got it for less than $15 shipped.
Second, I wanted a printing plate. Any plate would do. I just wanted one for my collection since I didn't have one yet. I ended up getting this Corey Hart cyan printing plate from 2013 Topps Archives for about the price of a blaster. It is more than I'm usually willing to spend on a single card but considering that a lot of plates go for a good bit more money, I'm happy with it.