Three more inserts, including a spiffy Kapler and a Gold of blog unfavorite Don Kelly round out that group. I then wanted to show off some of the prospect-type cards, all hailing from the 2004 SP Prospects set except for the red numbered card, which is a 2003 UD Finite of pitcher Jorge Cordova, a Marlins/Reds prospect who didn't make it to the Show. And finally, a Fleer logo sticker because those are awesome.
And now, the two best cards in the package:
Justin Verlander 2006 Upper Deck RC
Wow, I wasn't expecting that at all! JV has RCs in both 2005 and 2006 sets because the rules are goofy as hell--I mean, he already had a rookie in 2005 Upper Deck!--but this is great all the same, and hails from one of UD's nicer 2000s designs. That makes five Verlanders on the day!
Miguel Cabrera 2011 Topps Update All-Star Stitches jersey
Well if I wasn't expecting the JV, I definitely wasn't expecting this! 2011 was Cabrera's 6th career All-Star Game selection (he's since made it to the last two as well), and he went 0-1 as a PH in a game that saw a big three-run blast by future teammate Prince Fielder for an NL win.
And if that wasn't generous enough, he kicked in a pair of cards you can check out over on TMM if that interests you.
Thanks for an awesome third trade, Kerry, and here's to another soon! As generous as you were, I'll try to hit you back with a comparable package in the near future. Readers, go check out a fantastic blog that features cards, Cards, and Ducks tonight!