Less than a week after receiving a return package from Brian, he hit me back with another great stack of cards (and is planning on sending this week my winnings from the group trade he hosted this week-end). It's not easy keeping up with him, but as soon as I get the cards I ordered a little bit everywhere, I'll retaliate.
The thing I really like about Brian is that you can tell he's enjoying this. Sometimes, I'll look at my cards and think how silly it is to spend so much on so little. It's mostly uninspired pieces of cardboard, we need to face the hard truth. But there are so many glimpses of fun and awesomeness that it makes it worth it. And Brian (along with many others) puts so much thought into his trade packages, that it quite simply makes me happy. Yes, I'm a corny cheesy 37 year old card collector from France. Maybe I need to start a 12 step program.
That Vic Janowicz card was sent to me for a very specific reason (Brian included a note about that) : he's the only Mlb player ever to have won the Heisman trophy, besides Bo Jackson. Actually, even though he only played for a couple of seasons with the Pirates (sorry Matt, this one stays in my collection !), they have another thing in common : their low BA.
Two other beautiful cards. And it's not everyday that I say this about Fleer cards from 2000-on. You can't tell from the scan, but the picture is actually framed. Apparently, only 700 sets were made, even though it's not SN. The Aparicio is in great condition too ! My first base card of his.
Somme Griffeys, including two early ones. Favorites of mine, actually.
Plenty of Blue Jays needs also, including an Ames oddball, a regular issue Joe Carter that I can't believe I was missing, some parallels and an 83 Diamond King
Ooooooh. Exhibition Stadium ! And oooooooh, O-Pee-Chee !
Also included was the almost complete 93 SP team set, including the Morris, Olerud and Alomar that I was missing, and a copy of that disturbing Pat Borders card. He's bleeding heavily ? sure, let's slap it on a card ! I'm glad they did, though, makes for a great card.
It didn't scan well, but this is a Refractor, SN out of 199. I have no idea what kind of refractor it is, they always confuse me. I'll take my chances and state it's the base refractor, but what do I know ?
"The best card company". Hilarious.
Brian also sent me a few unopened wax packs : 92 Upper Deck (one of my favorite sets, because it was my very first baseball box that I ripped open), 89 Fleer (voted most likely to be rapidly forgotten at the time) and a couple of recent Triple Play. As always, those were fun to open !
The Ryan Bowen is a card that I've always loved. It's so improbable.
And to fully round out that trade package, there was that Ewing card that I didn't have in my collection. And I have a lot of Knicks cards from the late 80s/early 90s !
Thanks again Brian, I accept the challenge of trying to keep up pace with you !