The scan does not do this card justice, but this is actually a chrome refractor. The nice shiny and bumpy chrome smoothed away by refractor technology. To help keep track of this card when it eventually leaves my collection, it is numbered 391/552. If you run across this particular card, you know it came through my hands first.
I got this out of a retail pack of 2007 Topps 52. Yeah, I'm as surprised as you are. I figured the best I would ever get would be a couple of short print cards. This came from a pack that was in a blaster. I would have freaked out if this were a White Sox card, but the North Side of town doesn't hold the same luster for me. It's still a nice looking card.
I find it a bit of a daunting task trying to figure out some of these variations. I'm still trying to figure out 2007 Topps Co-Signers variations. What they call bronze, I call orange. There are usually so many different parallels on each Topps card, it usually boggles my mind. I'm still trying to figure out between Green Linen and Windsor Green in Upper Deck Masterpieces.
I'm actually surprised that Eric is in the Cubs system. His brother Corey gave them fits. I could hear groans all over Chicago when another Patterson emerged on the Cubs roster. It reads on the back of this card that his long term position is undecided. It's between second base and the outfield. The Cubs need another second baseman, like they need another year of futility. So, like Corey, he'll probably play in the outfield and give flashback nightmares to Cub fans.
It's still a nice looking card which is better looking in person. I just wish that they would retire that 1952 design and move on to other years.