Kerry from Cards on Cards is a guy I don't trade with often, but since we're fairly similar collectors--we both chase MLB and college teams--our deals are always great. The last time I posted cards from him on this here blog, not quite a year ago, I was the happy recipient of a buttload of useful Tigers and a plethora of new Ripkens.
The man who calls himself Madding took things to another level this time by doing major damage to my player collections, hitting a ridiculous 13 of them. "Hope you can use some of these!" said the guy who, in addition to another buttload of Tigers (seen below), flipped me 19 PC cards, an outstanding 16 of which were new to me. And I'm not talking a dime card here and a common there, either. Can I use some of these? Has Topps disappointed me for 10 years running? Hell yeah!
Jake Cronenworth 2015 Bowman Chrome Draft Blue Refractor (#030/150)
Tampa's seventh-rounder out of Michigan two years ago, Jake's off to a pretty good start in high-A ball. This lovely Refractor is my ninth card of his out of his run to-date, all of which comprises a 19-card 2015 Bowman/Chrome Draft rainbow. For a Wolverine alum you can't do better than blue!
Chris Getz 2014 Topps Camo (#32/99)
This parallel of Getz is one I could have sworn I had, so I was glad I needed it after Kerry went to the trouble of sending it my way. It features one of the best photos on a Getz issue and is my 10th card from Chris' 17-card sunset season rainbow (and #81/106 overall).
Ken Griffey Jr. 1993 Hostess
Ken Griffey Jr. 2003 Fleer Showcase
I think you all know I don't supercollect Griffey--I'm not made of money--but I'll happily take anything I can get of one of my favorite 90s/2000s stars, like this interest pair that spans a decade. Oddballs like the Hostess food issue are always interesting to me since I usually know so little about them that I'm generally unable to peg the year or brand at a glance. And Showcase is one of Fleer's better mid-end issues, with Griffey's card a textbook example of a classy and pleasing design.
Rich Hill 2016 Topps Rainbow Foil
I can't say I've ever received what I'd call a bad trade package, but whenever Rich Hill appears in one I'm more than happy to call that envelope a winner as he remains my favorite guy to PC. This Rainbow parallel is my eighth of his 18 2016 flagship...uh...rainbow cards, featuring one of the dumber choices in photograph. What can I say? Topps gonna Topps. Anyway, this marks my 259th of Hill's 374 cards I have checklisted, and #276 overall. Good luck to Rich on a return to health and effectiveness for the Dodgers!
Ryan LaMarre 2016 Topps Allen and Ginter Mini
Ryan LaMarre 2016 Topps Rainbow Foil
LaMarre made what I thought was a surprising appearance in last year's flagship and A&G sets, the former with his second team, the Red Sox and the latter with the Reds, the team that drafted him. Since then he's signed with the Angels and then been flipped to Oakland, with whom he's appeared in three 2017 games. I actually landed the Cyan plate of the A&G mini before I landed the card above, my first of his six from the product (besides two from A&G X). The Rainbow parallel makes its second appearance today as my sixth of Ryan's run from last year's flagship. Kudos to Kerry for helping me cross the 50% mark as I own 28/54 of his issues so far.
Heath Murray 1998 Bowman Golden Anniversary (#13/50)
This was a package full of surprises, and few of the items were as surprising as this limited parallel of Murray, a guy who's not exactly obscure but appeared on just 30 cards, 24 of which I already owned. Two of the five I now need also hail from this product, the Chrome International Refractor and Chrome Refractor version of this card, limited to just five(!) copies. I tip my cap again to Kerry for digging up a need like this.
Michael O'Neill 2014 Bowman Chrome Prospects Series 2 Blue Wave Refractor
The best part about getting this card, besides the fact that it's a Refractor and another one to knock off the checklist, is that it got me to look up O'Neill and realize that he's now with the Rangers after signing a minor league deal with them a few months ago. Hooray for not having to collect more Yankees if he gets to appear on more cards! And hooray for a new Refractor, my 10th of his 42-card 2014 Bowman Chrome/Mini rainbow and 30th of 85 overall.
Jim Paciorek 1993 BBM
If the Murray was surprising, the inclusion of this foreign Paciorek issue was straight up jaw-dropping! A much more obscure former Wolverine, Jim's career consisted of 48 games in 1987 along with two cards from that year: Fleer and its Glossy version. After nabbing those I hadn't even looked into other Paciorek card possibilities. As it turns out, Jim played six seasons in Japan: four with the Yokohama Taiyo Whales and two with the pictured Hanshin Tigers, as depicted on this card out of the pretty well-known BBM brand. What a fun card to dig out of a trade package!
J.J. Putz 2008 Topps Triple Threads Emerald (#103/240)
J.J. Putz 2008 Topps Triple Threads Gold (#70/99)
Kerry's no putz as he managed to send me two new '08 Triple Threads parallels of Michigan native J.J. Besides an All-Star patch card and five multi-player relics, Putz appears on a base card and five parallels, and of those six I now own four (the base and Sepia are the others). With the retired pitcher unlikely to make any future cardboard appearances hopefully I can continue making some headway towards his 327 cards; I currently own 193 (and 205 including 1/1s and others I don't count toward his mainstream checklist).
Cal Ripken Jr. 2002 Upper Deck AL Centennial Memorabilia jersey
This sweet Ripken jersey relic from 15 years ago (seriously?) was another huge and much appreciated surprise. I've sent Kerry a few decent Cardinals and Ducks hits over the years but nothing that I'd assume would warrant something like this of a HOFer I love to collect! It serves as a nice history lesson as well as the younger of the two leagues began in 1901 with eight teams, including my Tigers. As for Cal, this serves as my 10th relic (two of which are manufactured) and 12th hit overall. Nice!
Alan Trammell 1991 Topps (#389)
Speaking of All-Star shortstops that are should-be HOFers, this '91 Topps subset of Alan Trammell is one of just three PC cards that wasn't new to me. Not that I'm complaining about getting any dupes of half of Detroit's famed double-play combo!
Justin Verlander 2013 Topps Chasing History (#CH88)
Justin Verlander 2017 Donruss (#95)
Justin Verlander 2017 Donruss Dominators Blue (#135/249)
And speaking of Tigers dupes, I thought the Chasing History insert was a new one for my Verlander collection but was mistaken. Again, no complaints since I'm happy with any JV card new or old! The others from this year's Donruss product (hell yeah!) were most definitely new additions, though. As usual I like the look of the base design while its lack of MLB logos barely registers on my radar. The numbered Dominator insert is great too, with a design that doesn't remind me of previous iterations. Nice job by Kerry to pay his respects to this here blog's namesake!
Lou Whitaker 1988 Score
Lou Whitaker 2005 Topps Retired Signature
Last up for my PC guys is a sweet pair of Lous; you can't have Tram without Whitaker and vice-versa! The card on the left from Score's debut is another fun dupe for me, but the Retired Signature card is a huge get for a couple reasons. First, as I'm under 50 cards to go in my pursuit of his collection, it's getting harder to find stuff that's new to me. And just as importantly, some base cards like that one tend to attract unreasonably high asking prices for some reason. That makes it a big deal for me, besides the fact that I like seeing the combination of older photos with some of the newer designs.
You got to see three guys in Tigers (well, Detroit Tigers) uniforms up there, but they weren't alone as they were bundled up with a hoard of other Tigers, pretty much all of which I can use, Kerry, believe you me:
This first group could be called "The Killer C's" as future HOFer Miguel Cabrera (Heritage Chrome Refractor!) and maybe-not-as-awful-a-human-being-as-people-thought Ty Cobb book end
Nick Nicholas Castellanos, who seems to continue to improve.
Another nice group is headlined by 2016 AL ROY and Tigers ace(?) Michael Fulmer, an insert focusing on Jose Iglesias' glove, and Mr. Tiger Al Kaline. Those are joined by a pair of RCs of CF Jacoby Jones, who should be getting more looks in the Detroit OF this season.
Donruss Elite! If anybody on Detroit should be give that title it's All-Star 2B Ian Kinsler, seen here on a card numbered 934/999. Recuperating-turned-resurgent slugger J.D. Martinez makes a couple appearances courtesy of Opening Day and Topps Stickers. And I loved the inclusion of the '86 Topps leaders card featuring Lance Parrish, a catcher who might just feel at home in today's game.
Sanchez has been a tire fire this season, Scherzer is unfortunately gone, and Zimmermann's results have been mixed at best, but Upton has been a nice story this season, putting up some pretty good numbers early for a change. My hope is that he does well enough to opt out of his contract so Detroit can put that money to better use.
Here's one last bunch of Tigers that don't really fall into the group I collect by player but deserve to be shown off anyway.
And last up is one more hit, a Signature Rookies autograph of former #1 pick (11th overall, 1995) Mike Drumright, a pitcher who cracked Baseball America's top 100 prospects the two years after this card was made. Although he never panned out--no surprise, pretty much nobody did for Detroit in the 90s--he's got a very nice signature, though I'm probably lucky not to have received one from closer to the end of the 5000(!)-card print run. Nice find!
Kerry, once again big thanks to you for an amazing trade package that did lots of damage to my PCs and will beef up my Tigers box. I actually have a few things set aside for you and on the way so I'll be happy to be able to respond a bit, though maybe not in a way that's worthy of this envelope just yet!