Monday, February 19, 2018

2018 trade package #4: Bob Walk the Plank

As is always the case when I receive a bubble mailer from Matt at Bob Walk the Plank I was excited to bust it open and see what goodies were hidden within.  He and I have hit a pretty nice groove of sending some higher-end stuff back-and-forth, plus we both primarily collect an MLB team and college program.

This time three cards popped out of the envelope plus a note reminding me that I'd been drawn as one of the winners of his anniversary contest (happy four years!).  Considering what those three cards were, you'd be excused for thinking they were my prize, but that's apparently still to come.  Instead, the note ended with a word that summarizes the quality of the items we pass back and forth:


Take a look at the two cards below (plus one more over on TMM this evening) to see if that just about covers it:
This Panini Immaculate Collection patch of three-time Cy Young-winner Max Scherzer brought me back to a post from September of 2015, about two and a half years ago, where I showed off the same card sent to me by Matt (in a package that also included two autographs of Al Kaline!).  That one looked great with a large black swatch with stitching and a corner's worth of orange.  I'm happy to call this one an upgrade as the amount of orange is bumped up (still with plenty of stitching) and even a hint of another color (maybe white) at the very left edge.  What a stunner!

Oh, and if any of you are curious, I do still hold onto Scherzer stuff (including all the great hits I've received over the years) because he was a key piece on some good Detroit teams and blew up into a star while in Motown.  That means I have no motivation to sell anything of him I have even if his stuff is worth more now.  That said, I do now have a double of this patch that I'd be willing to trade if anyone is interested.

That was a great start but what was so great about this package that I was hyping it up so much?  How about




Um, yeah, so this is a first--I've never received a Griffey autograph in a trade package before.  I mean, the only other Griffey auto I own is in my collection because I pulled it out of a pack in a major stroke of luck.  So, yeah, BOOM indeed!

Fangirling over this aside, it's a very cool card made for Panini's 2016 Black Friday promotion, and Beckett tells me that 25 were made (just not numbered).  It actually arrived this way,
in a one-touch sealed with a Leaf sticker, but there was no way I was going to let such a great card go without a nice scan.  And a great card it is, starring Griffey's trademark excellent signature and a very cool photo of Junior in his earlier days with the Mariners.  Panini has often done a good job in hiding the lack of MLB logos (an overblown issue anyway) and certainly got the job done here.

I'm over the moon at adding a second autograph of one of my all-time favorites, and without spending a dime!  It'll definitely have an honored place in my Griffey collection, which is 600+ cards strong and growing.

Matt, thanks again for this crazy good ("100% awesome" tag in full effect!) trio of cards.  I don't even know how I'm going to hit you back, but be prepared for something awesome in response!

Friday, February 9, 2018

2017 Sportlots purchases: a Barry nice finale, part 1

The final player I'll be showcasing in this feature (with the exception of one more over on TMM, possibly even tomorrow) is HOF SS Barry Larkin.  I decided to save him for the big finish because I scored the most new cards of him out of all the PC guys involved in this enormous purchase--so many, in fact, that for my sanity I'm splitting his pickups into two posts!

There's a lot to see here so let's get down to it:
Starting smack dab in the heyday of junk wax we open up with some '88s and '89s.  Leaf and OPC issues from the earlier year are the sole base cards here, while an '89 Classic Travel Purple is one of many oddballs you'll get to see today.  The rest are boxed set-types from former heavy hitters Donruss, Fleer, and Score.  Card #9, from '89 Scoremasters, is a particular fun one done up in a very realistic artistic style.
Grabbing as many Larkins as I did (I'll reveal the total in the next post) allowed me to accumulate a totally wild variety of stuff, so get ready for a few more scans like this (until the more mainstream era of the mid-90s and later).  This time we're looking at items from '89-'91 with base from Sportflics ('89), Leaf ('90), and OPC and Score ('91).  Of course you already saw card #9 in Sabo's post, and I'm happy to repeat it here because it's a super fun issue celebrating the Reds' surprising World Series win the previous season.  Larkin shows some very Ozzie-like athleticism there!

A Topps Glossy Send-In and a couple more Classic issues from '90 and '91 join a pair of food issues from Jimmy Dean and Post cereal to round out another eclectic bunch.
We're still in the early 90s here for a few more scans--1991 and '92 to be specific.  The base cards hail from Studio ('91) and Bowman ('92) and there's also Score Cooperstown and UD Silver Sluggers from the earlier year.  The oddball side is populated by Score and Topps/Woolworth's boxed sets from '91 and Classic, Donruss/McDonald's, and Fleer/Citgo issues from the following year.  Notable for me here are the debut of the excellent Studio brand and the fact that Barry has a second card in '92 Bowman, a foil subset base I still need.
There's less odballness in this all 1992 scan, with Topps Kids and a McDonald's/Topps offering the only qualifiers.  On the mainstream end we have Leaf and its much better looking Black Gold parallel; a fun Score base subset starring big-head Barry; one of Larkin's appearances in the excellent sophomore year of Stadium Club; a pair of Topps Gold Winners; and a hint of things to come from Ultra with an All-Star insert.  Those Leaf Black Gold cards really do look nice and I think every time I mention them I say the same thing about just ditching the plain gray borders!
Now it's time to move up to 1993, the year I turned 10.  There are base cards from Donruss, Flair, Fleer, OPC, Pacific Spanish, and Pinnacle.  The Flair card--one of two featuring Larkin in the set--is the most notable as it includes a cameo from Barry Bonds.  We also continue the early-ish run of inserts with Pinnacle's Cooperstown, which was obviously right on the money by included the super-talented Larkin.  Meanwhile, Classic pops up once again with another Game card, and Duracell adds to the litany of retail brand oddballs.
1993 bleeds into '94 here with the latter claiming the last six cards.  Regular issues can be seen from '94 brands Bowman, Donruss, Flair, and OPC, with the Donruss card including a fun turn-two photo.  That seems to be longtime SS Rey Sanchez getting doubled up.

Inserts include a '93 Triple Play Action game card, '94 Collector's Choice's You Crash the Game (also a scratch-off), and '94 Donruss' Special Edition parallel.

The oddballs are the Post food issue and Upper Deck Fun Pack from '93.
Fun Pack makes its second appearance in a row here as it closes out 1994, and it's joined by yet another different food issue, Tombstone (anybody else that used to enjoy those mini deep dish pizzas besides me?).  A better Pacific design (other than the still-awful logo) and an SP look that's much nicer than the card to its left are the '94 base representatives, and they're joined by 1995 examples from Topps' Bazooka, Collector's Choice, and Fleer's EMotion.  The pair of inserts are both 1995 parallels:  Bazooka's Red Hot and Collector's Choice SE's Silver Signature.  I like how both Collector's Choice cards use excellent action photos!
I believe from this point onward we're pretty much done with oddballs until the next post.  This scan takes us through the rest of the '95s before starting back up with 1996.  There's a lot of solid and above cardboard with base from Pacific, Select Certified, SP, Stadium Club, and Ultra, plus a below-average Fleer design and a stinker called Topps Embossed.  That middle row is a great representation of the better stuff available in the middle of the decade.

The lone '96 entrant is an appropriately red Fleer Circa on a decent design that ended up going in the wrong direction as the brand evolved into Skybox Thunder, but was solid for its debut.

Our one insert here is a Leaf Limited Bat Patrol, a set with a design that might've been a bit better if they hadn't put the insert title at such a weird angle.
Now we're really getting into one of my favorite card eras:  the decade that began in the mid-90s.  We continue our '96 run with Donruss, Finest, Fleer, Pacific, Select Certified, and Studio base, and all of those feature at least pretty good designs, with Finest, Fleer, Select Certified, and Studio near the top of their game.  I am, of course, a shameless promoter of 1996-97 Fleer, the best two-year run of the brand's flagship product.

There are two inserts you can spot here:  a Collector's Choice You Make the Play game card and a Score Dugout Collection parallel, which was a nice copper-colored version of the solid base set.

The card I haven't mentioned so far is somewhat but not completely odd: a Stadium Club Members Only 50 of the guy who was named MVP that season.
1996 finishes up with an excellent Upper Deck flagship design (I love the award/achievement stamps) and Zenith, for which I'll always be grateful thanks to its awesome Mozaics insert.

1997's base in this scan is represented by Circa (see what I mean?), Donruss Limited, Fleer's E-X2000, and a twofer from Leaf.  Limited definitely had a higher-end feel at the time, plus Larkin shares his card with another SS who was popular at the time,
Rey Ordonez.  And the E-X2000 has an even more premium feel to it, which makes sense since just two cards came in each pack.

The pair of inserts you see in the middle row are Stick'Ums stickers from Collector's Choice.  For some reason these came in hobby and retail versions (left and right, respectively), though there's no difference in the stickers up front.
It's all 1997 in this scan, and aside from card #7--a Stadium Club Members Only issue again--everything is a base card.  Fleer's crazy Metal Universe product starts things off and is followed by another Certified product (Pinnacle Certified in this case).  Then we see a couple examples of the latter brand's experimentation thanks to Inside (the cards that came in collectible cans) and Mint (which included coins).  Then there's a pair of base Score on another nice, understated design, and typical strong examples from Studio and Topps Gallery.  Of course a double play photo like that should be framed!
The first two cards here close out '97 in style with Topps Stars (did the colors always look this faded on them?) and the beautiful photograph of Zenith.  There's a definite higher-end feel to their '98 counterparts thanks to Bowman Chrome, Donruss Elite, and Flair Showcase, and the latter there is one of the highlights of this whole scan.  The best of the rest is a very nice Fleer Tradition design, joined by another Metal Universe offering, Pacific's Paramount, and Pinnacle's out-there Performers.
The top row here is a fantastic finish to another good year of cardboard:  Sports Illustrated World Series Fever, Stadium Club, and Upper Deck Retro.  Fleer's collaboration with SI was always a highlight and UD's Retro was a short-lived but excellent product.

Half of the '99s can be claimed by Pacific in the form of Aurora, Crown Collection, and a not-so-ostentatious Prism set.  The others are base entries from Bowman, a very Certified-like Fleer Brilliants, and, yes, once again, Metal Universe!
This mostly 1999 scan contains another nice mix of brands that shows what the hobby was like almost 20 years ago.  It's interesting to look at the debut of Pacific's Private stock as it changed quite a bit the other years it existed (especially the relic-per-pack 2001 version).  Skybox's Molten Metal and UD's SPx are foil-infused eye-poppers.  Topps' contributions here hail from Opening Day and the third iteration of Stars.  Then another excellent Fleer Ultra base leads to a pair of UD products in Encore (a louder version of the base set) and Ovation, the product with the raised design that felt like a baseball.

Card #9 then begins the final year of this post with Upper Deck's Black Diamond.  While I'll always be a bigger fan of the '99 version, 2000 was another good year for that brand, one that had some very cool parallels.
Time to finish things off here before I get to part 2 soon.  This all 2000 scan is chock full of goodness so it's a great way to end this post.

The top row is an upper-end dream with Fleer's E-X, Topps' Finest, and Fleer Showcase.  That version of Finest happens to be one of my favorites and I can't think of a Showcase design I didn't like.

Meanwhile, the next four cards are all Pacific:  flagship, Crown Collection, Omega, and Private Stock (again, see what I mean?).  The flagship design is one of that manufacturer's best, and Private Stock was clearly a work of art that year.

Last up are SP Authentic and Stadium Club Chrome.  The former looks great as always, and the latter is a product I wish had continued.  That's probably because I pulled so many great cards from it, including a Derek Jeter I sold for good money and a Griffey Refractor.  I mean, really, Stadium Club cards are beautiful already, so why not Refractor-ize them as well?  That's Topps for you.

Congrats to all of you who made it this far!  After adding everything you see above, my Larkin collection sits at a very respectable 551 cards, so that's another fun milestone I can cross off.  Stay tuned for more of all Barry, all the time in my next post!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

2018 trade package #3: Scribbled Ink

I'm keeping the trade post train rolling today with my second new trade partner in a row, meaning my collecting year got off to another nice start!  Fellow Michigander Paul from Scribbled Ink sent me a nice envelope filled with Tigers and PC guys, plus a few Wolverines that are showcased on TMM this evening.  Check out all this loot:
These Miggy cards are from Panini's 2017 Chronicles product, one that looked pretty cool to me because I enjoy offerings like Anthology (hockey) that incorporate multiple brands into one.  Topps Fusion is a good baseball example, though of course they dumped it like many of the better things they created.

Anyway, seen here are the base version as well as the Blue parallel (#d /399).  They have a kind of newspaper story feel to them, which is fun.
And just like that the non-PC portion is over and we dive right into my first alphabetical player collection:  Jim Abbott.  On the left is his 1992 Classic Game issue, and that's joined by Jim's Electric Diamond parallel from 1994 Upper Deck.  While the former's design isn't terribly exciting I think Classic nailed it with the photo selection.  And the '94 UD also includes a photo I've always enjoyed because, what's he pointing at?
Hey, it's former blog namesake Curtis Granderson!  I know I've mentioned a few times that I'm slowly collecting the Grandy-Man's cards from this 2007 Topps Generation Now insert, and it sure does help when people like Paul send them my way so I don't have to buy them.  As a reminder there's one card for each of Curtis's 31 doubles he collected in 2006.  The following year proved to be even better for the fan favorite as he joined the exclusive 20-20-20-20 club (doubles/triples/homers/steals) while putting up his career-high bWAR of 7.6.
I don't know how I managed to flip the order of just two cards of Mr. Padre Tony Gwynn in this scan, but I did, and by the time I realized it I just went with it.  On the left is the second instance of Classic's 1992 Game set, and again it comes with a very nice photo, this time starring a nice follow-through after Gwynn's sweet swing.  Then we go back a year for an oddball appearance via 1991 U.S. Playing Cards All-Stars.  "Ace of clubs" is a very appropriate title for the best hitter of his generation, no?
Here's a guy that doesn't appear in very many of my trade posts:  Drew Henson.  Maybe Paul remembered him as he starred for Brighton High School, about 45 minutes west of Scribbled Ink HQ, before heading to Ann Arbor, New York, and beyond.

This great trio starts with a 2002 Hot Prospects bat relic (#d /1000) made by Fleer, then moves on to 2003 with Donruss Champions and Upper Deck.  There's three of the best producers of cards in just one scan!  The UD design that year in particular was quite nice.
All-time great Reds SS Barry Larkin may be checking his swing here on our third example from 1992 Classic Game, but I didn't have to check to know that it was new to my collection.  I'm particularly glad that this set features blue borders as they go well with my guys who donned the maize and blue!
Hal Morris is another Cincy fan favorite (who also played a bit for the Royals) and I was happy to see three of his cards in this envelope.  Better yet, Paul continued to kill it with the product selection as once again we see three different manufacturers:  Upper Deck ('94 Electric Diamond), Fleer ('97 flagship), and Pinnacle ('98 Pinnacle Plus).  I'll just go ahead and continue to bang the drum for '97 Fleer as that product's best iteration.
Considering the airbrushing that went into this 2001 Royal Rookies Futures card of former pitcher J.J. Putz do you think they maybe could have 'shopped a smile on his face?  I'm at least happy to say that I have the Limited Edition version of this, as well as the autographed card, "limited" to 6,995 copies (which makes me wonder how many of the base and "Limited" version were made?).
Chris Sabo is our third example of a trio of different brands, and his hat trick is pretty cool in that it comprises a boxed set ('89 Fleer Exciting Stars), food issue oddball ('91 Post), and mainstream insert ('95 Topps Cyberstats).  That's a nice mix!
And as we close things out, this is my second straight trade post featuring a trio of blog namesake guy Justin Verlander.  Are you guys trying to tell me I should rename my blog to Three Many Verlanders?

Up top is a return to 2007 Topps Generation Now, and again I'm slowly tracking down Verlander's appearances, so this one is super helpful.  It represents his 9th of 17 wins during his AL ROY campaign of 2006.  In an interleague matchup against the Cardinals that ended up being a preview of that year's World Series (except, you know, with the Tigers winning this time), JV struck out 5 while allowing 4 runs in 6 innings.  He landed the win thanks to strong run support in a game the Tigers won 10-6.

Finally, the other two take us back to the beginning of this post and Panini Chronicles.  Once again Paul sent me a base version and a parallel, and this time the latter is the Gold version #d /999.  "More punchouts than a boxing champion" is a cool phrase to use on a card of a guy who was pitching in a town known for its boxing history.

Paul, thanks again for this super fun first package.  I hope to get to see you in-person at your local show this weekend or in the near future to pay you back!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

2018 trade package #2: Arpsmith's Sportscard Obsession

As I mentioned a couple weeks ago I took a special interest when Arpsmith's Sportscard Obsession posted about his huge collection purchase, and after a bit of back and forth we came to a nice deal where I got four complete sets for a bit of Paypal.  Adam did an outstanding job of getting those packed up and shipped safely to me, and while he was at it he took advantage of the large flat rate box to send some Tigers and stuff my way as well.  Fortunately I was able to respond to his generosity with a large return package going back to the Giants collector.

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:
We'll kick things off with HOF manager Sparky Anderson, who doesn't show up in as many trade packages as you might think even though he was around during the 70s and 80s when skippers got a nice number of cardboard appearances.  He's followed by pitcher Jeremy Bonderman, a guy I wish got to play for better Tigers teams when he was healthy.  Then a couple Topps cards highlight a few of Detroit's recent bigger bats:  free agent J.D. Martinez plus Miguel Cabrera on one, and soon-to-be RF Nick Castellanos on the other.  Last up is MLBPA head Tony Clark, who has a lot of work to do to help his constituents this off-season.
This next scan hits multiple eras, starting with original HOFer Ty Cobb on a very cool UD insert, then a pair representing former 90s/00s Tiger/Red Juan Encarnacion.  1B/DH and '84 champ Darrell Evans takes us back to the 80s with cards from Topps/Quaker Oats and Score, then we go back a few years and fan favorite pitcher Mark Fidrych on an Archives reprint.  Then it's back to the future with the start of a nice little Cecil Fielder run, including Leaf Black Gold, a.k.a. "the way the base set should have looked".
Fielder and former teammate Travis Fryman are back-to-back in my Tigers box and in this scan as well.  Together they formed a very good half of an infield for a few years in the 90s, claiming a bunch of All-Star appearances between them.  I love that Adam found cool UD holograms of both!
The top row here finishes up the run of Fryman stuff from the end of this Tigers career.  That gives way to a beautiful Hank Greenberg base from one of Fleer's best Greats of the Game designs (read:  any of them).  Then we have five cards of 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!
One more Henneman starts this scan and gives way to another great Tigers bullpen ace, Guillermo Hernandez (another Topps Archives example).  Fellow '84 champs and outfielders Larry Herndon and Chet Lemon can also be seen here, with the latter's Stadium Club being a nice highlight.  In between are former do-everything player Brandon Inge and Mr. Tiger, Al Kaline.  I love seeing Kaline in any trade package, especially when he appears on an awesome card like the Greats of the Game insert you see right down the middle.  Indifferent DH Victor Martinez closes out this scan.
Brand new 2018 Hall-of-Famer Jack Morris was the second largest beneficiary of this package with 13 cards/stickers, nine of which you can see here.  Since I'm fairly likely to have a large percentage of his 80s and junk wax-era base I really appreciated the variety you see here.  There's boxed sets, oddball, stickers from Fleer and Topps, and more!  Without looking there's a high probability that everything here is new to me except the '89 Bowman base since I own the complete set.  Wow!
Another quartet of Jack Morris starts this scan, and I believe the first two are new while the others are doubles from Topps Archives and Fan Favorites sets I really enjoyed.  Catcher Matt Nokes, Morris' teammate and a favorite of mine as a kid, follows with three cards himself.  Originally drafted by the Giants, 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!
Parrish starts off this scan then gives way to another of my fan favorite Tigers in Tony Phillips, who we'll see again in a bit.  Once again, RIP to the multi-talented Phillips who died two years ago on the 17th of this month.  Next to him is Rick Porcello, the streaky former Tiger now on the hill for the Red Sox, making a cameo.  After a couple cool issues of HOF C Pudge Rodriguez comes a trio of Pat Sheridan, a Michigan native I rooted for during his four years in Detroit.  Kudos to Adam for his keen eye on the Panini sticker which is actually listed under the White Sox in the checklist.  Sheridan is followed by reliable innings-eater Frank Tanana.
A bunch of cards of Mickey Tettleton is nice.  A bunch of Mickey Tettletons including a mid-90s Sportflix card?  A+!  I love that four of these six include the catchers gear even though Mickey was more known for his bat (and awesome stance in the batter's box!).  Pitcher Justin Thompson, who regrettably went to Texas in the regrettable trade for Juan Gonzalez, appears on a late 90s pair (which I appear to have reversed chronologically while scanning for some reason).  Last up is Justin Upton, one of the many Justins to have found himself leaving Motown during or after last season.
Here's a group of guys I separated because I don't have enough to give them their own place in the Tigers box, at least not yet in some cases.  I'll always remember Davis as a Red, and I'm sure most would agree with me.  Kapler's tenure as a manager should be interesting and I'm rooting for him to succeed.  Maybin joined Justin Verlander in winning a ring with last year's surprising Astros.  Norris is still young enough that his talent could pay dividends for the Tigers.  And Pena was sometimes a bright spot on some bad, bad Tigers teams.
And some vintage-y guys.  Pitcher John Hiller ('79 Topps) and OF Jerry Morales ('80) are the more recent ones.  Norm Cash's card hails from a 1985 Topps/Circle-K boxed set celebrating sluggers.  The Heilmann is from one of those comfortingly familiar 80s TCMA sets, and that reminds me that I should see how many I have.  Lastly, Horton and Northrup appear in a set that's familiar to me at least, a Dominos issue recalling the '68 champs.
Then there's some oddly-shaped stuff.  Pettis is a '90 Topps Mini League Leaders (#4 in steals in the AL) and Phillips makes another appearance on a '94 Fleer Extra bases extra long card.  Topps Chipz makes its first appearance in this post courtesy of former Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler, whose tenure in Detroit I much appreciated.  And finally, some stickers, including a Fleer Cloth version from the late 60s/early 70s!
One of the larger items was this '98 Zenith 5x7 of OF Bobby Higginson.  For those of you who weren't collecting around this time, these could be torn (or carefully cut) open to reveal a standard sized card inside.  We'll get to that in a second, but first, here's the back:
The pocket-type area for the card was right in the center, and you could carefully slice the back open to pop it out.  I didn't do the greatest job but I wasn't that worried since Higginson was kind of a jackass anyway:
Another example of fun cardboard innovation in the 90s!  The cut I made went through the front a bit but it still looks fine, and my reward is a Dante Bichette card, which I'll be happy to send to whomever would like my Rockies stuff.
Another big item (and big deal) that came out of the box was this '86 Donruss box bottom that includes both PC guy 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!
And here's a few more Gibsons from the 80s.
The Higginson wasn't the only '98 Zenith 5x7 Adam gifted to me--I was excited to land this 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.
I mentioned earlier that new HOFer Jack Morris appeared on the second most cards in this package, and #1 was this guy, fellow 2018 inductee 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!).
One of the items that was definitely new to me is the sticker you see in the upper-right.  While it may look just like the 1983 Topps version I already had, it's actually the O-Pee-Chee version.  Score!  (I mean, OPC!)
You just can't have one without the other, so even though I have one more player to get to, Tram's partner up-the-middle 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:
(cat with picture for scale, did not come with package)