The latest trade envelope to hit my mailbox this month came courtesy of Matt at
Sport Card Collectors Parts of My Past Sport Card Collectors. Regardless of the name of his blog, he sent another fun PWE that included one card I'd asked for and five others I was happy to get:
If Matt ever sends me a PWE without some Griffeys in it I'll know it's a sign that he's being held prisoner in his basement by an impostor, so I'll call the police immediately. Gotta keep that Junior pipeline rolling! This time they include:
- 1999 Ultra checklist: this came out more than a decade before the Obama "not bad" meme
- 2007 UD Elements: not a brand I see very often at all, at least not the base set anyway (the Clear Cut Elements and Elemental Autographs are more familiar)
- 2008 UD First Edition StarQuest: this insert set never really shook its low-endedness from its humble origins in Collector's Choice, but there's no way you can go wrong when you got a photo of a classic swing like that!
- 2008 Upper Deck Documentary (#1873): UD's silliest product by far. "Veteran slugger launches 16th home run in loss" announces the front, but as usual, the player on top doesn't correspond to the game described on the back. In this case Adam Dunn was the Red that homered. Not a bad design at all, just a poorly-executed idea
- 2008 SPx Ken Griffey Jr. American Hero (#KG70) (#565/725): this is just my third from the 100-card set that combines shininess, numbering, and Kenny's sweet swing, straight out of the baseball card pyramid of awesomeness
Besides the Juniors there was this:
Back in late July Matt busted open a hobby factory set of 2019 Topps, and that box included a pack of five Sparkle Foil parallels. He was lucky enough to find this Rich Hill (#025/162) in that pack, and I immediately claimed it. These different factory set parallels tend to pop up every year so I was happy to be able to knock this one off my list as just my second Hill from the product after the base card. It's also Hill #299 that's in-hand, scanned, and posted, so it's almost-milestone time!
Matt, thanks again for another fun PWE. I'm looking forward to your write-up of the latest goodies I sent your way!