Tom of the Angels in Order. Please note that I'm saying that Tom lives in Texas and I'm not trying to give him an alliterative nickname.
Tom is great to trade with because it's relatively easy to find cards I know he'll want. Do I have any Angels or Patriots? Send them to Tom, boom, done. It also doesn't hurt that he sends fantastic stuff back your way.
In this case he lamented the fact that he didn't have many Tigers to send me, as he wrote on a note inside this package filled with Tigers and more. Check out the goods:
And now, the player collections section:
Barry Larkin. Wait, that many cards of Larkin? HELL YEAH! This group includes Larkin's card from the 1990 Fleer League Leaders boxed set; one each from 1990 and '91 Score; 1992 cards from Donruss and Fleer; a '93 Panini sticker; and a Hometown Heroes subset from '93 Pinnacle.
This nice bunch gets me to 352 Larkins, a Barry nice total indeed!
Greg Maddux, and I split his cards into two six-card bunches. This group includes: 1990 Bowman; 1991 Donruss, Fleer, and Score; and 1992 Triple Play and Upper Deck. Not sure what's going on in the UD photo.... As you can see, all six of these cards feature Maddux with the Cubs, his team for the first seven seasons of his career.
Mad Dog with the Braves, the team with whom he enjoyed most of his success--194 wins, three Cy Youngs, and a World Series ring. The cards you see come from 1995 Emotion; the extremely weird 1995 Topps Embossed; an instructional insert from '95 Ultra called Strikeout Kings; and a '96 Ultra Ultra Stars subset, '97 Collector's Choice Big Show insert, and 2016 Topps Bunt issue as we just saw with Larkin. I think we should see cards like the Strikeout Kings example above more often as they could possibly get more kids into the game, not to mention collecting. Don't hold your breath to pull one from Topps' next five-card, $200 product.
Tom's hard work here bumps me up to 269 cards of Maddux, and I have plenty more left to scan and post!
Cal Ripken Jr. stuff. Larkin, Maddux, and Ripken? How generous can you be? What's great here is that any dupes of Larkin and Ripken I have can go right over to Jeff from My Sports Obsession, and some of these will! Happily, though, I needed the vast majority of what Tom sent over.
In this scan you can see cards from 1987 Fleer Award Winners; 1992 Stadium Club Dome (the set sold in a tin in the shape of the Skydome); 1993 Leaf; 1994 Topps' Measures of Greatness subset; a fantastic '94 Upper Deck base card in which he catches some air while turning two; another subset card called Hitters Inc. from '95 Score; and a trio from 1996 including Leaf Preferred, Topps (celebrating his 2131st straight game played), and once more, Ultra Stars from that year's Ultra product.
The three more recent cards are from Topps brands, naturally. First is Ripken's 2012 Archives issue, done up in the style of '54 Topps. That's joined by a couple inserts: a Holofoil parallel of one of his Chasing History inserts from 2013 flagship, and a 3000 Hits Club insert from last year's release.
Needless to say, I also very much appreciate the new stuff here as Tom got me over 400 cards to a new Ripken count of 403!
Once again, Tom, thanks a ton for your generosity in this trade package. I loved the mix of Tigers and some of my other favorite player collections. I'll happily pile up some more Los Angeles Angels of Los Angeles And Definitely Not Anaheim But Definitely Los Angeles, and some Patriots as well, so I can return the favor!