Well, those cards from Ebay/Comc got here in a couple of weeks instead of the 4 to 6 weeks it usually takes. Nice surprise !
This time, there's a little bit of everything.
My first bit of everything is my very first...
let's make a pause for dramatic effect..
my very first T206 !
That's usually when I start dancing like Baloo and King Louie.
I did a little research, and turns out Grimshaw never played for Toronto (he got signed but didn't play), but it's still a Toronto card. I had absolutely no idea that there was a Toronto team in the early century (there's no mention of it in my Baseball Encyclopedia, but I guess I'll trust Tobacco companies more than ESPN). I got it for $15, which seems like a good deal considering its condition (creases and dinged corners, but nothing ripped, including a clean back)
EDIT : Grimshaw DID play for Toronto, in the minor leagues. I need to study better.
Some 1939 Play Ball cards, that have a nice, clean, vintage look to them. Some real action shots ! Got those for about $3 each.
The facsimile auto gets in the way, but man what a great photo.
I also love all those 73 horizontal shots.
I had never heard of Marquee before (I understand they only did it for one year, in 2011), but I do like its simple design. I think the whole parallel thing is ridiculous though, especially at $50 a pack of 5 cards. I have no idea why I got the Honus Wagner card. Maybe to send it to Matt one day. Or maybe to go with my T206.
Those cards are absolutely gorgeous. There's nothing I don't like about UD Masterpieces.
This was one of my favorite inserts back in the 90s. I had traded for the Piazza one at the time, and it's always been one of my favorite cards in my collection (and numbered out of 5000, which wasn't much back then). The cards are actually printed on real wood, which gives them that extra special feel. Leaf had great inserts ideas.
The only reason I got that awfully cut Brett Lawrie auto is because it was sold by the same dealer as the Frank Thomas and Starks. I usually like Playoff memorabilia, but that sticker is terrible. And the Barfield sticker works quite fine there.
Finally, an on-card John Starks auto, that actually cost less (a little under $5) than the sticker auto I got a few weeks ago.
ps : yes, when I put a T in front of something, it always reminds me of Terminator movies. I can't help it. Though the third one just may be one of the worst movies ever made.