Monday, April 20, 2015

Hang them highly subjectively and lowly arbitrarily

I was once again, and for the fourth time in a month, the lucky recipient of a great package from Brian. As usual, there was a little bit of everything : Blue Jays, Gold glovers, random packs of cards and, this time, a healthy chunk of Kirby Puckett cards. Because, even though Brian is a fervent Kirby collector, he had some duplicates sent his way that he could forward to me (and I know that TJ won't mind !). Is there some kind of code for that, by the way ? Is it ok to send away some cards that have been sent your way in the first place ? It's probably a little silly, but I see cards that are sent to me as gifts. Is it ok to regift, in the blogosphere ? I have no problems doing it with duplicates, but otherwise, I don't know...I probably ask myself way too many questions.

For example, Julie sent me two Mascot cards that I like a lot. But the other day, I saw on The junior Junkie's blog that those mascots actually took part in his Wallet card madness. So naturally, I want to forward them to him. Maybe I should write a Shakespearean play about all this.

This, as we're used by now with Heritage, is a shot print. Just because they decided to.

It's strange because I already have a Tier one Adam Lind auto from 2012. Also numbered out of 399. Except it's not the same photo. I don't really see the point, but I'm still happy to add that one, as I really love how they look.

Another auto and a nice swatch card from one of my favorite Blue jays, so yay.

I had to look it up, but the Hoffman on the right is from the Bringing back bowman 89 insert set. My question is simple : why ? That's one shiny card though !

An Olerud boxed set I was missing, and that Jimmy Key is from the Opening Day set. I had no idea those existed. Every day, I learn a tiny bit more...

Adding that Gold glovers PC may have been my best idea ever. I love adding all those non-Blue jays cards of great players. Plus, since I never really collected them, I hardly have any, so don't hesitate to send me everything you got, even junk-wise ! (not that there's any junk there, of course)

The main portion were those Kirby Pucketts. I didn't have any of these. I should really try to complete the Black Gold sets.

More 90s greatness.

That card is so perfect, I won't even try to describe it.

You know what ? Topps Bigs is actually starting to grow on me (no pun intended). At first, I thought the second one was from a throwback issue from the 2000s. But nope, it's 1990 Score. I should've known, as I have the Bo Jackson from that subset.

Also included in the package, along with a few 8 pocket pages for my oversized horizontal cards (thanks a lot for providing those !), were a couple of 1995 UD Minor league packs. The classic 95 design along with the solid UD photography of the time. What's not to love ? Plus, though I don't follow the minors, at least with hindsight I can tell who finally made it or not.

A Durham hot pack ! Beautiful stadium shot, and a solid player.

A couple of players who made it in the big leagues. Granted, one had "slightly" better offensive numbers than the other...

When I saw the packs, the first thing that popped to my mind was the Jordan card. I saw it on Brian's blog and thought it looked perfect. The second card I really wanted was this one. I mean, look at that name. Turns out he's really called Wonderful Terrific Monds III. Talk about a lineage !

Thanks again for the cards, Brian, I really need to find a way to get Twins cards to France much quicker, so I can send them back to you and even things up !


  1. David Eckstein looks like he is 12 years old. Great group of cards from Brian. Tier One autos are super nice!

  2. What a wonderful terrific package!

  3. Adam Lind looks weird clean shaven.

    What a great package of cards -- as always, Brian does a great job!

  4. I'm glad you got some good ones in the UD Minors packs - I don't think there was a bad pack in the box!
    With re-gifting . . . I think of it more as paying it forward. If I know that there's someone else out there collecting a player or team or set and I've been given a second copy, I'm happy to share the love.

  5. Brian showered you with some nice cardboard. I may have another pair of the French Quarter couple, not sure. My feelings aren't hurt in the least if you choose to send them back to the states. Not sure how they'd feel tho, after spending time in their homeland. I too think of the cards I receive as gifts; little prizes but I'm not opposed to sharing dupes.