Saturday, December 9, 2017

2017 trade package #22: Chronicles of Fuji

I'm back with another November trade package!  Just like he did around a year ago, Mark from the Chronicles of Fuji packed up some Tigers and other cards and sent them clear across the country to my humble abode.

But there was nothing humble about this pile of cards--and I do mean pile here, as the number of scans will attest to.  And that doesn't even include a nice bunch that I posted this evening on TMM!  Yep, it's another two-parter for double the fun.

Here's a look at the Motown-centric portion of the envelope:
We'll start with the ABCs, minus the "A"s, though Fuji definitely brought his A-game again.  Nine-year starter Jeremy Bonderman starts us off with a numbered parallel from UD's 2006 Future Stars.  Then we have a four spot of Miggy including a mini and an example from the definitely-for-kids 2013 Triple Play by Panini.  A 2014 flagship insert of "Blastellanos" reminds me that I'm hoping his bat returns next season.  And lastly we go back to one of the better Tigers from some awful teams, Tony Clark, on a couple 1998 issues including the very cool Pinnacle Performers Big Bang (#0409/2500).
A couple Ty Cobb Topps inserts from the last decade begin the scan by finishing off the letter "C", then those give way to a pair of '88 oddballs of '84 DH/1B Darrell Evans.  While I recognized the Kay-Bee card, it took a quick search for me to learn that the blue-ish Topps offering was a wax box card.  I think that may be my first of those that comes from Topps so that's very cool!

Meanwhile, a golden Embossed Travis Fryman is one of two players representing the letter "F", and you'll see the other in a second.  First we have a couple shortstops in Carlos Guillen (2010 Topps Gold #1035/2010) and the incumbent (for now) Jose Iglesias, plus a SS-turned-C-turned-everything-else Brandon Inge on a 2002 Ultra Gold Medallion.
Fuji sent a "Big Daddy" haul that was so big it got its own scan!  As luck would have it these may all be new to my collection.  That starts with a couple oddballs/food issues in 1991 Post and 1993 Hostess.  This group also includes a Diamond King, Finest insert, and one of Select's super fancy Mirror parallels, this one a Red version from 1996.  Great stuff!
Here's a quartet of Tigers that are long gone but still hold a fond place in my memory from their Detroit tenures.  Austin Jackson, a CF very much in the Granderson style, appears on a pair, including a framed 2013 GQ insert.  Former ace Jack Morris shows up on a card I was sure was from an early Upper Deck product until I flipped it over and saw "SCORE" in big letters.  Next is well-liked OF Magglio Ordonez and a four-spot of Topps-branded inserts and base, including a cool Seasoned Veterans design from 2009 I don't recall seeing.  Finally, the late Tony Phillips, as versatile a guy as you could have found in the 90s, is here on a pair of '95 cards from Stadium Club and Topps Embossed.
And again we get four players here, again all former examples.  Polanco and his enormous head put up five very nice seasons in Detroit after a steal of a deal with Philly, including a career high 6.1 bWAR in 2007.  Sanchez's early Tigers tenure was pretty good before going south the last couple years, and he recently saw his team option for next season declined.  Scherzer's career blossomed after his trade to Detroit and he's continued that momentum with the Nationals having won his second straight NL Cy Young (and third of that award overall), so his five-pack here is well-warranted.  And blog favorite Mickey Tettleton gets the '95 Stadium Club Virtual Reality/Topps Embossed Gold one-two punch just like his former teammate Phillips above.
Moving on to some more random items, this scan starts with six cards from Topps' 1978 team set made in partnership with Burger King.  I feel like these tend to come at a premium when I see them listed at the various places, so this oddball pairing made a very nice addition to this package.  Rozema and Staub are certainly familiar to me while the other three seem like more obscure members of 70s squads that came before my time.

That very cool bunch is joined by a Jim Bunning issue from the excellent 80s Hygrade product, plus a team card from 2007 Topps Opening Day.
I grouped these four together since they were all rookie-related.  The Kapler was especially noteworthy since I was happy to see him get his shot at managing with the Phillies.  He's a guy I would have loved to see stay with the Tigers earlier in his career, but alas he was included in the terrible deal with the Rangers that brought Juan Gonzalez to Detroit.  Good luck to him next season!
Fuji included a whole bunch of great inserts, especially of the parallel persuasion, of Tigers I don't keep sorted by player.  Better yet, a bunch of these are numbered!  The Rivera 2002 Donruss Crusade is the best looking of the bunch and is a nice callback to the variety available back then.
Mark also hit all five of my major Tigers PCs, starting with this pair of Gibbies.  The SI For Kids card is a dupe for me (I used to be a subscriber when I was a kid) but this one is in MUCH better condition than the one I attempted to separate myself back in the day--upgrade!  Meanwhile, the other is one I'd never seen before, a 2002 Fleer Ultra insert called Fall Classic.  Kudos to Fleer for going with a Tigers card instead of the usual Dodgers offering when it comes to a World Series-themed set!
Former blog namesake Curtis Granderson makes a cameo as well on this UD A Piece of History Cut From the Same Cloth insert (#068/799) he shares with the previously-seen Ordonez.  This serves as a nice reminder that, despite the name change, I'll still take all of your Grandersons as I can never have enough (any team is fine).
Next, Tram did the second best of the big five with this bunch of seven cards (one of which is not like the others!).  A few, including the '88 Fleer insert a pair of 1990 Starline Long John Silver oddballs, were part of my huge Sportlots purchase, but I hadn't gotten around to posting them yet so these get dibs.  The 2005 Throwback Threads insert was also new to me though I'm familiar with the insert as I already had Kirk Gibson's version.  By the way, I'm happy to report that these additions pushed my Trammell count over 200!
Since you can't have one without the other, here's Alan's double-play partner "Sweet" Lou Whitaker on an oddball from 1988 Starting Lineup All-Stars.  Why these aren't labeled as "Starting Lineup Talking Baseball" I'll never know.
And that leaves the best for last.  2017 World Series champ and Mr. Kate Upton, Justin Verlander appeared nine times in this package.
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Nine times.  Various Topps brands from 2009-15, including flagship, GQ, Bowman Chrome, and Bowman Platinum comprise this bunch, including three that reference one or both of his no-hitters.  It definitely feels nice to continue to receive cards of the former Detroit ace despite his formerness!

Thanks for another great early Christmas present, Fuji!  I'll be returning the favor pretty soon, though I'll say up front that you have my blessing to open it as soon as it hits your mailbox instead of stashing it under the tree.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Happy birthday to Bill Freehan!

I owe you guys a couple more trade posts, not to mention plenty more that show off lots of pickups from the last few months.  But that would involve scanning and writing, and I'm too lazy for that right now.  Besides, today is a special day that deserves its own post:
That's right, Tigers catching great (and favorite player of John's Big League Baseball Blog) Bill Freehan turns 76 years old today!
The 15-year catcher and '68 champ has a special place in my collection because not only was he a a Tigers fan favorite, he also played ball (and later coached) for my alma mater, which I may have mentioned before is the University of Michigan (yep, football too!).
While has health has been in decline for a while, mostly due to Alzheimer's, it's still easy for a fan like myself to picture him in his prime at and behind the plate, despite the fact that he played his final season seven years before I was even born.
So why not celebrate Bill's birthday with a Plaschke Thy Sweater is Argyle special:  a pentafecta?  The quick rundown is that it includes a rookie, relic, patch, autograph, and 1/1.  Since I have a pretty decent Freehan PC, that won't even make me break a sweat:
Of course Freehan's lone RC is this 1963 Topps which he shares with three others in all their floaty-headed goodness.
For the relic I chose this classy looking 2001 SP Legendary Cuts Debut bat.  While I have a number of choices here (especially thanks to the 2005 version) I quickly decided on this simple but elegant Upper Deck offering.

Speaking of 2005 SP Legendary Cuts (which recycles that commonly used photo), it's currently my only option for a patch example.  As a matter of fact, Bill doesn't seem to have any such cards outside of this very product.
My autograph selection faced plenty of stiff competition including the likes of Fleer's Greats of the Game and multiple UD choices (2004 Timeless Teams and 2005 Past Time Pennants come to mind).  But in the end I had to go with the beautiful 2005 Topps Retired Signature, in this case the Refractor version (which was removed from its uncirculated-style case before I acquired it).  It's simply an amazing set and the Refractor factor puts it over the top.
Believe it or not, I was more limited when it came time to select a patch than choosing a 1/1 as I have a pair of those.  The runner-up from 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites was a very close second thanks to its cool retro action shot.  Still, this post is all about celebrating a portrait of the athlete as a young man, so I gave this 2006 Greats of the Game Magenta plate the nod despite the third instance of that photo out of the five cards I chose!

So here's to one of Motown's best backstops.  Happy birthday, Bill!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

2017 trade package #21: Bob Walk the Plank

After showing off a trade package from Doug of Sports Cards From the Dollar Store (on TMM), I'm back with another bunch of cards from another of my prolific trade partners, Matt of Bob Walk the Plank.  The West Virginian purchaser of Pirates graced my mailbox with a very, very high-end kind of envelope including three cards you'll see here plus another over on TMM (two-parter!).

Let's check out the goods:
I'm sure most if not all of you are going "WHO?" so I'll give extra credit to Matt for remembering that Christian is one of my many Michigan Baseball alumni-turned PC guys.  The card you see here is his 2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects Orange Refractor (#08/25), putting me just two short of his rainbow from that product, and three away from his whole 19-card run.  Jason appears to be out of baseball and only appeared in two products (2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition was the other), so I don't see cards of him I need turn up too often.  Great start!
Remember how I said "high-end" above?  You didn't think a low-numbered Refractor, nice as it is, would be as good as it gets, did you?  This is Matt we're talking about!  Bob Walk's #1 fan really upped the ante with this fantastic triple autograph out of Fleer's 2005 Classic Clippings.  The set is called Diamond Signings Triple Blue and the card, numbered 07/99, includes signatures from Gavin Floyd (Baseball Card Breakdown shoutout!), Scott "Victor Zambrano was totally worth it!" Kazmir, and some fresh-faced kid named Verlander.  That's right, this is a numbered, RC year autograph of Mr. Kate Upton that also includes two other solid pitchers (and a total of 96.5 bWAR, more that half of which can be chalked up to JV).  What a ridiculously great card to get as my sixth auto of the 2017 World Series champ.
And now we've finally reached "Silly, ain't it?" altitude as this package not only included a Verlander signature--I'm also the thrilled recipient of a plate as well!  I rag on Topps' Gypsy Queen product because it (along with A&G) takes their A.D.D.--addled player selection to the extreme by replacing, you know, baseball players, with anything any everything else.  But!  But in the rare instance that Topps teases collectors with a representative of this sport in the product, those framed cards--be they inserts, relics, autographs, or plates like this one--look fantastic.  This JV, generously sent to me by Matt the Mountaineer, is exhibit "A".  As you can see by the back it's a yellow version from last year's product, and the diminutive plate still manages to capture a great look at the delivery of a fierce competitor.

While signatures of Verlander may seem to be relatively scarce in my collection, 1/1s are even more so as this is just my second!  I should also mention that I now count a crazy 89 1/1s across all of my PCs.

Thanks again, Matt!  It's a bit of an understatement to say that I didn't see these coming!  Fortunately I'll be able to keep up my end of the, uh, high-end dealing we've been doing in time for a Merry Morgantown Christmas.  I won't tell you what I have for you or when I'll be sending them, but when they do get to you, you'll know it!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

2017 Sportlots purchases: I was told there would be no Matheny

I promised to get on with showing off recent trade packages in my last post here, and I've done just that--it's just that the first one I posted was all Wolverines (from SCFtDS's Doug), and can therefore be found on TMM this evening.

So I can hopefully drive some traffic that way I thought I'd put up a companion post here, which means it's back to my huge Sportlots haul once again.

Today's subject is Mike Matheny, a former Brewer, Cardinal, and Giant (and Blue Jay, though I don't believe he appeared on any cards with them).  I realize he's not terribly popular with St. Louis fans as their manager, and as the fan of a team that finally dumped their former MLB catcher-turned-overmatched, inexperienced manager I get it.  But I still like the guy and am happy to have the former Wolverine among my PC guys, and as a supercollection at that!

So here's four scans worth of my Matheny pickups from Sportlots this time:
Scan #1 quickly spans seven years since Mike didn't appear on a ton of cardboard from this period (or overall, really).  We begin in 1994 with his Bowman RC, meaning I now own all four of his first-years and am short an Artist's Proof from Sportflics Rookie/Traded to finish the year's checklist.  Just one entry from 1996 too in the form of another Donruss set design I like.  1998 is represented (out of order) by a Pacific Invincible Gems of the Diamond insert (fairly subtle by Pacific Standards) and Collector's Choice.  One of Pacific's best base designs, 1999, is our lone representative for that year, then we skip a year that didn't include any Matheny cards at all.  Then 2001 begins with the quartet of Bowman Heritage, MLB Showdown Unlimited (which I didn't include in my PC checklist), Pacific (quite possibly my favorite base design from that manufacturer) and Topps Chrome.

2001 wasn't Matheny's high water mark for appearances--I just had good luck landing stuff from that year, including the top row of this scan that finishes off the year in Upper Deck style:  Gold Glove, MVP (one of my least favorite looks for the otherwise solid product) and Victory.  Sticking with the trio theme for a second, 2002 is an all Topps affair in the middle row thanks to Heritage, Limited, and Opening Day, with that first set offering a strong showing.  UD then rules the roost for the following year with its 2003 base set as well as 40-Man, the design of which I don't quite like as much as its predecessor.  A very cool and colorful 2004 Donruss base card closes out this scan.
One other '04 Donruss product, Team Heroes, begins this scan by closing out that year.  Then I have a pair of cards from his career-high 57 offerings in 2005:  another appearance in Bowman Heritage, then the Giants version of his Topps Cracker Jack base (as opposed to the St. Louis variation).  A Topps Heritage trio from 2006, 2014, and 2015 (oops, already had it!) end the run of the regular sized vertical cards.  They're joined by a couple 2005 Topps Cracker Jack inserts.  On the left is a Red Mini while a Sticker Mini sits to its right; both of these once again are the Giants versions where Cardinals variations do appear.

Last up is a group of horizontal additions, led by a trio of Stadium Club offerings.  The first two are Mike's base and Silver parallel from 1996 (uh, they might need to build a bigger stadium) and another base example from 1998 that includes a play at the plate, sans 2/3 of the sliding baserunner.  That feat is largely repeated on base and Warning Track parallels from 1999 Fleer Tradition on which about 20% of that player trying to score appears to be getting tagged by the Brewers catcher.

By my count that's 30 new cards for my Matheny collection, including 29 that go toward his supercollection checklist for a new total of 89/217 and 91 overall.  Not a bad bit of progress, really.

Ok, now you can look forward to a trade package right here in my very next post, though it's a two-parter that'll spill over into TMM as well!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

2017 Sportlots purchases: RIP and PCs

An amazing World Series has given way to a rough last few weeks for Major League Baseball after the tragic deaths of retired Blue Jays and Phillies ace Roy Halladay (plan crash) and top Red Sox prospect Daniel Flores (cancer), who was just 17.  Unfortunately, another former player passed unexpectedly a couple weeks ago as well, and this time it affected the Michigan Baseball family and one of my player collections.

Former Wolverines pitcher Ross Powell and his dad were found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning in a van they were using for their recently-opened lawn care company.  Ross was just 49 and his dad was 72.  Their tragic passing was on my mind as the baseball world mourned an all-time great in Halladay and a potential future star in Flores.  Needless to say I extend my condolences to the families of each and hope MLB honors each of their contributions to the game.

While I already showed off my Powell pickups from Sportlots in my last post (along with those of another too-soon deceased player in Steve Howe), I do have some items today representing a couple former Wolverine baseballers and PC guys that have long since passed:  Charlie Gehringer (1993) and George Sisler (1973).  I had a great time tracking down a good bunch of cards of each, many of which skew more towards the oddball side, making it even more fun to add them to those collections.  So enjoy these new cards of a couple Hall-of-Famers:
Let's start with the Mechanical Man.  Gehringer's haul begins with a 1980s trio, with a 1983 Donruss HOF Heroes leading off.  Those Dick Perez works of art were just becoming a Donruss staple back then.  Next is a 1986 Sportflics Decade Greats, another fun example of 80s holograms.  That's followed by the very recognizable 1987 Hygrade All-Time Greats, with a great casual shot of ol' Charlie.

The next four hail from the large multi-year Conlon product of the early 90s, with the first two coming out of the 1992 version, the third from '93, and the last from '94.  I love that the second '92 card goes with Charlie's awesome nickname right up front.

Last up is Gehringer's base card from the excellent 1999 Upper Deck Century Legends set.  This product paired classic photos with a beautiful design--so basically, a typical Upper Deck issue.
I also found a couple cards of non-standard size.  On the left is a 2003 Upper Deck Play Ball 1941 Reprint, which is probably as close as I'll get to that card, at least for a while.  The smaller card on the right is a 2011 TRISTAR Obak T212 Mini, and like the Conlon earlier it also has the "Mechanical Man" nickname.

My Gehringer collection remains small, but this ten-spot at least bumps it up to 44.
Now we'll move over to "Gorgeous" George Sisler (don't worry, none of these cards feature that nickname).  Like Gehringer, his first scan begins with three cards from the 1980s.  First is George's card from the 1977-84 Galasso Glossy Greats set (with Sisler's card hailing from the 1980 version focusing on the '20s), an issue that made me look into the name and find out that it was a TCMA product given out to folks that bought complete sets from early dealer Renata Galasso.  Very cool!  That's followed by a Pacific Legends card from the same year, one that features a grinning Sisler in a photo we'll see twice more in this post.  The last of the trio is from a 1985 Woolworth's Topps boxed set that focused on all-time records, in this case George's then-lead in hits in a season (257).

As was also the case with Gehringer, I found four of Sisler's Conlon TSN issues, with these hailing from 1991, 1992, and a pair from '93.  The quartet manages to depict him with two of his three career teams:  St. Louis and Boston (Braves).

The final two cards in this scan are a bit more modern.  The first hails from 2001's version of one of my all-time favorite products, SP Legendary Cuts.  There's that Sisler grin again!  Boy would I love to have a cut signature of this all-time great.  That's joined by one of his two issues in 2010 Topps' Legends of the Games insert set.  This one, showing him as a St. Louis Brown, is from the flagship product while the other, which I don't have yet, came out of 2010 Update and includes a Braves photo instead.
Finishing off 2010, the first card we have here is one of Sisler's two appearances in that year's Topps National Chicle base set; I currently lack the St. Louis Cardinals SP version that can also be found.  Also, that smile looks mighty familiar....  Next is a base card from Panini's excellent 2012 Cooperstown product--a card I surprisingly lacked despite owning two of the very cool colored parallels.  Speaking of 2010s Panini, we'll finish up the regular sized cards with Sisler's base from 2014 Classics, featuring a slightly altered repeat photo from the previous card.

Opting for small ball, we'll end today's post on a pair of 2011 Topps-branded minis.  On the left is one of his four appearances in that year's Gypsy Queen Minis set--he also has a Browns issue, and each of those has an SP version with a different photo.  To its right is the very vintagey looking Kimball Champions insert that was somewhat oddly included in 2011 flagship.

14 new Sislers put his collection at a nice even 80.

I'll be back with more stuff from my huge Sportlots haul soon, but first it's time to show off some new trade packages, so watch out for those soon!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

2017 Sportlots purchases: Rich on the Hill (and other guys)

For a huge number of baseball fans like myself, Christmas came early this past Saturday when the World Series-bound Houston Astros gave us all the gift of Yankees Elimination Day!  Houston celebrated its fifth year in the AL by taking home the pennant, largely thanks to this here blog's namesake, Justin Verlander.

But I don't have any cards of him to show off today, and as a matter of fact I'll be pulling for JV's opponents, the Dodgers, this Series--even though they (rightfully) left former this here blog namesake Curtis Granderson off the roster.  Why?  Just look at L.A.'s starter for game 2--one Rich Hill, he of the incredible comeback a couple seasons ago that culminated in consecutive playoff appearances with his latest team.

In his first taste of the postseason since 2007, Hill went 1-1 in three playoff appearances last year, winning his lone start--game 3--of the NLDS to the eventual champion Cubs.  Now he's taking the mound for the favored Dodgers in game 2 of the Fall Classic--crazy!

That made me do some quick digging to find out the last time a Michigan alum

  • ...made it to the playoffs (Hill, 2016 Dodgers)
  • ...made it to the World Series (Barry Larkin, Hal Morris, Chris Sabo, 1990 Reds)
  • ...won a World Series (that same Reds group)
  • ...participated in the World Series as a pitcher (Steve Howe, 1981 Dodgers)
  • ...won a World Series as a pitcher (Howe, 1981 Dodgers)

So this is a pretty significant game for one of my favorite PC guys and you know I'll be watching!  To celebrate, I have some Sportlots pickups of both Hill and Howe, plus some of a few other guys who came in at four or fewer cards in my enormous 1000-ish card haul from the site:
In grabbing these flagship and Archives issues I finally got my first 2017 cards of Hill, and therefore my first of him in a Dodgers uniform, because why would Topps have done that in last year's Update set?  Or even Series 1 this year?  God I miss those idiots having competition.  I'm back up to around the 2/3 mark of his run though that doesn't include his Chrome Sapphire releases, which I haven't been able to checklist yet.
While filling my cart with loot of the other PC guys you'll see in this series, I dug deep for everyone I collect just in case, hence the appearance of a few guys today such as Dransfeldt, the former Texas farmhand.  I turned up a couple minor league issues from 1999:  Baseball America Diamond Best Gold and Just.  Both were decent products and I've always liked the look of the BA set (not to mention the magazine and its excellent prospect coverage).
Here's the other World Series-winner I mentioned (as a Dodger!), Steve Howe.  Throughout this post and the rest of the series you'll see a good number of oddball items, mainly from the 80s and early 90s, after I let loose and grabbed almost literally everything of my PCs that was $0.20 or under.  Such is the case here as we have a couple 1983 Fleer offerings:  a Star Stamp (you can kind of make out the perforations in the scan) and a Sticker as well.
Getting back to mainstream issues for my supercollections, here's my favorite card of the post:  David Parrish's 2001 Topps Chrome Retrofractor.  A parallel of a RC he shared with fellow catching prospect Scott Heard of the Rangers, this is one of the best Refractor-type cards Topps produced, and that's saying something!  It features the typically excellent parallel finish, which looks great with that shade of green, plus it includes an old-school cardboard texture on the back to give it that "retro" feel.  My 20th card of the son of former Tigers backstop Lance leaves me just two shy of his run!
I belatedly discovered that Powell was a Michigan alum around this time last year, and in the roughly 12 months since, I've tracked down all but one of his seven cards.  The '94 Score Gold Rush parallel on the right was no problem as I could have nabbed it several times if I didn't mind paying more, but the Pinnacle Artist's Proof from the same year is one of those issues I was beginning to think didn't exist!  I was so shocked when it turned up that I immediately made sure to buy it before it disappeared, either in a sale or as a mirage.  Now I'm just left chasing his '94 Score Boys of Summer insert, a copy of which I've seen online so I know it's extant!
Just as I was happy to see Rich Hill finally appear in 2017 flagship Series 2, I was also pleasantly surprised that injured White Sox RP Zach Putnam also gained admittance, his first in a flagship product, not to mention his first mainstream issue since 2010!  I now get to chase his rainbow from that set while I try to lock up the final three cards I need from his earlier cardboard appearances.
By my reckoning Putz is the made the next most recent appearance by a Michigan alum in the playoffs, Arizona's 2011 NLDS loss to the Brewers.  As with Putnam I only tracked down one card of the former closer, a 2014 Topps Wal Mart Blue parallel made the same year as his sunset season.  It's my ninth from that rainbow with a good number of parallels still to go.
Howe's not the only player for whom I went all oddball, all the time.  I'd long since completed the checklist of Sorensen, a late 70s/80s pitcher for seven different teams, when I managed to come up with these fun additions:  another 1983 Fleer Sticker (we're not done with those yet!), another sticker from Topps' 1984 version (shared with Royal Larry Gura), and a standard-sized 1990 Swell Baseball Greats.  Man did people in the 80s look weird....
We'll finish at the end of the alphabet with another pitcher whose checklist I've had completed for a while:  Geoff Zahn.  Another former Dodger, Zahn appeared in the 1982 postseason with an Angels squad that lost to Milwaukee, who'd lose in seven to the Cardinals.  I added three more stickers to my collection in the form of Zahn's entries from 1983 Fleer and Topps and 1985 Topps.  Then I went big--literally--with Geoff's 1985 Donruss Action All Stars, a large 3.5 x 5 inch release from a 60-card set.  Adding these four boosted me to a nice even total of 40 Zahn cards.

And with that I'm off to watch two of my favorite PC pitchers duke it out on baseball's grandest stage!  Good luck to both in what I hope continues to be a classic Series.