Verlander. The JV is especially nice, not just since it goes into his PC, but also because it's my first 2016 card of this here blog's inspiration. I still think Topps should go with blue, which always looks good, but you just can't go wrong with a Refractor's...uh...Refractoriness.
1996 Studio Stained Glass Stars
1998 Ultra Fall Classics
1999 UD Ionix Hyper
2000 Fleer Tradition Hall's Well
2008 Topps Chrome X-FractorAnd a five-spot of Madduxes (Madduxi? Madduci?). Two of these happen to come from a pair of my all-time favorite sets; the first is the beautifully done Stained Glass Stars from Donruss' excellent '96 Studio product. The colorful, die-cut clear plastic look is amazing, so I wasn't even mad when Topps swiped the idea later--more is better! You'd better believe the "90s inserts rule" tag has been deployed today.
Next up chronologically is a pair of shinies from the end of the decade: a dazzling red Fall Classics from '98 Ultra and an insert called "Hyper" from 1999's Ionix, UD's answer to the question "How can we make a set that's as garish as most of what Pacific has to offer?"
2000 Fleer Traditions' Hall's Well set is my other favorite of this bunch, and I really should consider just piecing the whole set together because it's got many of the same things going for it as the Stained Glass card above, plus the red/white/blue make it look very patriotic.
And we close the book on this PWE with another Refractor, of sorts--an X-Fractor from 2008 Topps Chrome, a card with one of those jarring photos of Mad Dog in a Padres uni.
Thanks a ton for finding these for me and sending them my way, Jeff! I still have a nice pile of stuff for you set aside either to mail your way or hand off to you if you make it up here for the Spring Game in April!