I'm back with another COMC pickup, just like the Daily Dimwit is doing. And what better to sincerely flatter him via imitation by also posting a card he'll probably salivate over?
Jeff Bagwell 2005 Absolute Memorabilia Tools of the Trade Swatch Five Reverse dual jersey-dual pants-bat (#021/100)
Well, that's certainly a mouthful. This beaut of a FIVE-piece relic set me back $10, but I was more than happy to splurge on a card like this. I've often admired the Tools of the Trade relics (and autos) but rarely had a chance to pick up a nicer one like this. I really appreciate the variety it features, even with only three types of relic among the five pieces--the first jersey features a bit of stitching and the second's a totally different color; the pants swatches are also different; and the bat gives you something different to look at. The only way this could have been improved is if they replaced each duplicate relic with a batting or fielding glove or something. Me, I'll take it exactly how it is.
Bagwell's a guy I don't talk about much on this blog, mainly because he played for a National League team miles and miles away from me. Still, I was born early enough to get to enjoy his entire career and always appreciated the way he played the game, plus his awesome beard and distinct batting stance. He truly was one of the great players of his generation and I'd be very upset if it took him more than two years to make it into the Hall. Baseball-Reference compares him best to Carlos Delgado and Frank Thomas--you know, the guys he's paired with here--and by their standards he looks like a shoo-in. Time will tell, but regardless I'll continue to collect some fun stuff of him when I can find it.
Stay tuned for more COMC goodness soon, including a few cards just in time to celebrate the Tigers' 2012 run to the World Series!