Like I said, this box was huge and there was a lot for me to enjoy even without the sets (which I'll show off in one or more future posts), so you won't see everything here, but I'll at least show off my favorite stuff:
Mike Henneman, one of the top closers in team history whose franchise saves record was eventually broken by Todd Jones. I went back to look at his stats and was surprised by the number of wins (and decisions in general, I suppose) he earned: 49 in his first five seasons alone against 80 saves in the same span. Bullpens sure are different now!
Nokes was a Rookie of the Year contender in 1987 with a .289 AVG and 32 HR (a career high). For some reason he lost the voting that year to some kid named McGwire. Nokes took over for the next guy, Lance Parrish, who was behind the plate for the previous decade in Motown. A perennial All-Star in Detroit, he was worth almost 40 bWAR and was a big contributor to the '84 champs. I'll also note that that '82 Topps base was in such nice shape I first thought it must be a reprint or something!
Kirk Gibson plus the previously seen Guillermo Hernandez (plus a card version of the Hank Aaron puzzle and Angel Doug DeCinces). I already had the Gibby by itself but it's not in the greatest shape whereas the one in this panel looks pretty good. Plus I love having the whole thing to go with the single piece. Awesome!
Barry Larkin as well! I'm going to leave this one intact, at least for now, though I may pop one open at some point if I can find a second one.
Alan Trammell, with 14. I just showed off my huge Tram haul from Sportlots so a number of these are dupes now, but Adam killed it with the selection with cards from 1982-2004 (including Sportflics!).
Lou Whitaker comes next. There were 10 cards of him in this package so one was going to be singled out in its own scan. Naturally I went with the excellent "turning two" photo on the Stadium Club card.
Last up is blog namesake guy Justin Verlander on more examples of Topps Chipz--three many of them, to be exact. The first two are the base and Silver versions from 2013 while the other was produced in 2015. And yes, I'm happy to say that I do have an example from the year in-between, so I won't have to chase one of those down to overcome any OCDness.
Adam, thanks for the enormous amount of stuff you sent me in what was a fantastic first trade. It's always a great experience flipping through that much stuff and then getting to show it off.
Speaking of that, I've teased the fact that I purchased four sets from Adam's collection, which I'll show off soon, but for now here's a sneak peek: