I'll stick to my previous statement that Jeff is a classy guy because this time he sent me cards of not one but two of his teams' rivals: the Wings and the Tigers:
Next up is a '93 UD card of "Top Prospect" P Rick Greene. I avidly followed the Tigers in the 90s, awful teams and all, and I remember some of the guys who were potential blue chips like Tony Clark and Justin Thompson, but I definitely don't remember Greene, so I looked him up. I was surprised to find that he was Detroit's first-rounder in '92 but not surprised that he appeared in literally one MLB game, with the Reds in 1999. The Tigers took him ahead of guys like Shannon Stewart, Rick Helling, Jason Kendall, and Charles Johnson. Oh, and some guy named Johnny Damon. Hello, "1990s Tigers SUCKED" tag.
Lastly we have a 2010 Bowman Chrome rookie-or-not of former RP Brayan Villareal, who had a pretty solid 2012 before being flipped to Boston in the trade I mentioned again yesterday that brought Jose Iglesias to the Motor City.
Justin Verlander 2012 Triple Play (#291)The other baseball entry today is this kid-friendly Panini Triple Play subset card of blog namesake Justin Verlander. I believe I have his other base card from that set but I'll have to dig around to take a look.
Moving closer to the Detroit River here's the bulk of the Red Wings portion, which includes puck wizard Pavel Datsyuk, D-man Niklas Kronwall (Nick #2!), legendary Red Wing Nick Lidstrom (Nick #3!) and Jan Mursak, a Slovenian winger currently in the KHL. Then there's a gorgeous Zenith Mozaics insert (remember the awesome baseball versions back in '96?) featuring young star Tomas Tatar, Lidstrom, and star forward Henrik Zetterberg. I really love the design Panini used here in addition to the nostalgia factor.
Niklas Kronwall 2013-14 Black Diamond Dual Jerseys dual jerseyOh yeah, and there was also this sweet dual jersey hit of Kronwall (too many Nicks!) to add to my Wings PC. The thumping defenseman can now claim three entries in that group thanks to this six-piece relic and a solo autograph. A nice surprise hit to be sure!
Once again Jeff, I thank you for your generosity and promise you that a package will be headed back your way once I find enough good stuff of the Hawks and Sox. Until then, GO