But there was nothing humble about this pile of cards--and I do mean pile here, as the number of scans will attest to. And that doesn't even include a nice bunch that I posted this evening on TMM! Yep, it's another two-parter for double the fun.
Here's a look at the Motown-centric portion of the envelope:
Meanwhile, a golden Embossed Travis Fryman is one of two players representing the letter "F", and you'll see the other in a second. First we have a couple shortstops in Carlos Guillen (2010 Topps Gold #1035/2010) and the incumbent (for now) Jose Iglesias, plus a SS-turned-C-turned-everything-else Brandon Inge on a 2002 Ultra Gold Medallion.
And again we get four players here, again all former examples. Polanco and his enormous head put up five very nice seasons in Detroit after a steal of a deal with Philly, including a career high 6.1 bWAR in 2007. Sanchez's early Tigers tenure was pretty good before going south the last couple years, and he recently saw his team option for next season declined. Scherzer's career blossomed after his trade to Detroit and he's continued that momentum with the Nationals having won his second straight NL Cy Young (and third of that award overall), so his five-pack here is well-warranted. And blog favorite Mickey Tettleton gets the '95 Stadium Club Virtual Reality/Topps Embossed Gold one-two punch just like his former teammate Phillips above.
That very cool bunch is joined by a Jim Bunning issue from the excellent 80s Hygrade product, plus a team card from 2007 Topps Opening Day.
Gibbies. The SI For Kids card is a dupe for me (I used to be a subscriber when I was a kid) but this one is in MUCH better condition than the one I attempted to separate myself back in the day--upgrade! Meanwhile, the other is one I'd never seen before, a 2002 Fleer Ultra insert called Fall Classic. Kudos to Fleer for going with a Tigers card instead of the usual Dodgers offering when it comes to a World Series-themed set!
Curtis Granderson makes a cameo as well on this UD A Piece of History Cut From the Same Cloth insert (#068/799) he shares with the previously-seen Ordonez. This serves as a nice reminder that, despite the name change, I'll still take all of your Grandersons as I can never have enough (any team is fine).
Tram did the second best of the big five with this bunch of seven cards (one of which is not like the others!). A few, including the '88 Fleer insert a pair of 1990 Starline Long John Silver oddballs, were part of my huge Sportlots purchase, but I hadn't gotten around to posting them yet so these get dibs. The 2005 Throwback Threads insert was also new to me though I'm familiar with the insert as I already had Kirk Gibson's version. By the way, I'm happy to report that these additions pushed my Trammell count over 200!
Lou Whitaker on an oddball from 1988 Starting Lineup All-Stars. Why these aren't labeled as "Starting Lineup Talking Baseball" I'll never know.
Justin Verlander appeared nine times in this package.
Thanks for another great early Christmas present, Fuji! I'll be returning the favor pretty soon, though I'll say up front that you have my blessing to open it as soon as it hits your mailbox instead of stashing it under the tree.