Some of you might remember that a couple months ago I made a brief mention of an eBay purchase I was awaiting in the mail. You might also remember that it never arrived. The seller was one of the better ones I've dealt with and despite the increasing frequency of scammers who pull this stunt after actually receiving the card, he refunded my money. Good guy.
Flash forward to today, when this gem graced my mailbox:
Captain Picard, help me out here.
WTF indeed. After being able to see a good-sized chunk of what's inside, I used my years of collecting experience to recognize what had to be the back of an '89 Donruss card. "It couldn't be," I thought, "could it?" It could be and it was:
These are the 2001 Donruss Rookie Reprint of Ken Griffey Jr. and its parallel version. The scan of the parallel front doesn't really do a good job of portraying the "20th Anniversary" logo being as holographic as it is compared to the regular version, but that's the biggest difference aside from the serial numbering being exactly 1000 lower.
I bid on this auction because I'm pursing the Rookie Reprint set--there's a lot to like about it, especially the serial numbering out of the year the cards were produced, and most importantly, the fact that Donruss doesn't/didn't reprint its cards literally every single year for no rhyme or reason. The fact that the parallel version was included was a nice bonus and it gives me another cool Griffey to add to my collection, but my main focus is on the regular set, and I hope to have it done soon because it would be awesome to show off.
I now need these: 3 5 10 11 14 17 18 20 21 23 25 28 29 32 37 40
so if you have any, please trade them to me, I'll give you something good. And the good news is, if you mail them to me, I might even receive them!
Trade with Sam = Too Magglio Verlandersons:
Sam of the Daily Dimwit and I had kind of been working on a trade for a month or two recently before he moved, but now I'm glad to say we never finalized a deal until last week. The reason the procrastination worked out in my favor can be found in this post. Sam pulled a gorgeous Verlander autograph and gave me first crack at it, which was an awesome thing to do. I'm sure he'll show off his end of the deal as soon as they arrive since I took so long to ship them while waiting to consolidate a bunch of shipments into one trip, but here's what I ended up with:
Curtis Granderson 2009 Allen & Ginter jersey: This is my first Granderson relic, embarrassingly enough, but it's a great one. I have no love for the baseball-phobic A&G base set or the craptastic results of their boxes, but I do like how Topps has done these framed mini relics the last few years. A card without Granderson smiling is like Jim Leyland winning a division title--you're just not gonna see it in your lifetime. A great start to the package and the making of a new trifecta.
Magglio Ordonez 2009 UD Piece of History Franchise History jersey: Oddly enough this is my first Magglio relic too, but that's not as important because his name isn't part of the title of my blog. I do have this 5x7 autograph of him but I haven't counted it as part of my Tigers hits because he's still with the White Sox there (I may relax that rule eventually). This makes another trifecta for me since I have a ton of his RCs from 1998.
And the money card,
Justin Verlander 2007 UD Black Prodigious Autographs auto: My second Verlander auto is this stunning number from UD black, pulled by the mojoriffic hands of the Dimwit himself. I love that it's #d 50/50 (hurr eBay 1/1 durr!), I love that it's shiny and thick as hell, and most of all I love that it's another autograph of the AL's #1 pitcher this year. Not only is he putting up ridiculous stats, he's the foundation of a castle that would otherwise sink into the swamp without him (several times).
So needless to say this has been one of my favorite trades this year. Big thanks to Sam, and I hope you enjoy your haul just as much, whenever it gets to you (and may it arrive timely, unopened and unpooped-upon).