Today's envelope comes from that guy that runs Brad's Blog--Bob or Bill or whoever. The biggest Ryan Howard collector (along with Frank Thomas!) I know sent me a very cool unexpected bunch of cards. Feast your eyes on these:
Tim Belcher, a pitcher for the '94 Tigers who lost 15 games that season but finished above .500 for his solid 14-year career. Next up is a Bondo from 2007 Topps Chrome. After him is Eric Davis, and I'm not sure everybody remembers his two-season, 60 game stint with Detroit in 93-94; by the way, he was traded to the Dodgers for Tim Belcher in '91! More successful as Tigers were Cecil "Big Daddy" Fielder, seen here on a quartet of cards, and Travis Fryman.
Hey, how about my favorite pair of Tigers PC guys? I don't care if they're from the junk wax era or the Toppsopoly era, I want 'em if you've got 'em!
Bruce Rondon 2013 Panini America's Pastime Inked auto (#100/125)
Here's something I wasn't expecting in this unexpected trade package: my first autograph of rotund reliever Bruce Rondon! The big guy has had a forgettable 2015 so far but it's nice to see him back from injury after a lost 2014; his debut the previous year led many to believe he could be a key bullpen piece before long, and I think the fireballer still has it in him once he gets back in sync.
Curtis Granderson 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen Mini Wood (#4/5)
And now the biggest surprise from this surprise arrival: a very, VERY low-numbered Granderson! That's right, I'll come out and say it--this card gave me Wood. It's my first of that A&G parallel so I'm thrilled that it's one of the guys I love to collect, Yankee or not. I'd call this a top-three card in his collection so far, just beautiful.
Thanks again for the extremely generous and out-of-the-blue envelope, Brad! I actually have a few things set aside for you that I'll send out in the near future.
Ok, one trade post down, a few more to go!