So as it turns out the mystery sender of the package I mentioned a couple posts ago was Kerry of Cards on Cards, which makes a lot of sense because I've only traded with a couple Oregonians. What threw me off was the ZIP on the label which didn't quite match his, but Kerry was able to explain that.
So that means I have a nice bunch of stuff to show off from the Cards/Ducks fan for the eighth time on this here blog. And I do mean a bunch!
"Big Daddy" Cecil Fielder appears on consecutive Bazooka releases from '95 and '96. I know I had the latter since I own the set but I believe the earlier one is new to me. And while I'm on the subject of new stuff there's a pair (with more to come) of #1 starter Michael Fulmer via 2017 Chrome and A&G. Keep sending these to me, guys, I love getting them!
He's followed by a pair of Martinezes: the departed J.D. and the thankfully-leaving-soon Victor. J.D. was a blast to watch after coming to Motown and retooling his swing, and I'm thankful that Detroit's front office is smart enough to recognize good opportunities at least once in a while!
New HOFer Jack Morris stops by with a pair of 80s issues--his '87 Leaf Diamond King (which I'm almost positive I didn't have) and '89 Upper Deck base. Nice choices!
Brand new Brave Anibal Sanchez closes out this group, and I really wish him well after his Tigers stint that started very well and ended less so for various reasons.
MLBPA head Tony Clark pops up on a great landscape action card at the plate out of '98 Ultra that you could totally mistake for Stadium Club if not for the font used. Then Ian Kinsler pops up three more times on some better Topps releases including Stadium Club, an Orange Chrome Refractor, and 2016 Chrome.
Pitchers are then responsible for the final two cards. Max Scherzer was the player listed with Detroit on the multiplayer Heritage card but David Price joined him soon enough. And finally, the Stadium Club brand has had much better days than Jordan Zimmermann lately, but maybe he could still put up some decent numbers to make some headway towards justifying his atrocious contract.
BA's organizational top 10 and Stewart sitting at #9. Meanwhile, Funkhouser and Alexander make the grade in MLB's list at #s 8 and 13, respectively. In that list Manning is #2, Burrows 4, and Stewart 6. Not a bad bunch!
Joining him is homer-happy flavor of the week Chris Shelton whose beautiful signature is paired with a very nice design. I'd say the spotlight theme is done well, plus I'm a fan of signature window-type cards in many cases.
Curtis Granderson made a cameo in this package by hitching a ride on this Miggy card, a Wal Mart Blue parallel from 2013 Topps. It'll be heading to Grandy's PC, and as a bonus it made me realize I might have the base version in my Cabrera pile. I did, so that's a two-for-one deal heading to that collection!
Cal Ripken Jr. on this nice trio. The A&G insert and Optic base are very nice but the highlight for me was easily the 2013 Pinnacle Team Pinnacle card you see first. It's a fun callback to the glory days of 90s inserts for sure. I flipped it over to see who they paired with Cal:
A quick side note: these put me up to 699 Ripkens in the album! I'll surely take care of that milestone soon.
Justin Verlander. The bunch was so big it was almost too many--almost. This first group of nine starts with a trio from Panini's Triple Play product from 2012, then moves on to another product from the same manufacturer, 2015 Prizm. Here you see the base card and Blue Baseball Prizms parallel (wonder why they call it that?). Very nice use of blue, I think.
The rest of the group is Topps stuff, starting with 2015 and 2016 Ginter (which look almost identical front and back), plus 2016 Archives and Heritage. Archives did a pretty good job with the '91 design.
I was able to cover a large portion of what Kerry sent here but don't think for a second that you see everything he included. That shouldn't be a surprise since his generosity knows no bounds. Thanks again, my friend from the left coast, for a fantastic pile of new stuff I'm already enjoying. I have a show or two on the schedule in the coming weeks and will make sure to dig out some stuff to hit you back!
Speaking of hits, please also make sure to head over to TMM this evening for my penultimate 2017 COMC post which is all football hits.