Meanwhile, former 3B stalwart Travis Fryman looks snazzy on his '91 Studio base card from that product's debut. Of course I love that it includes the older Detroit uni.
Finally I got a pair of 2015 flagship Series 1 base cards of will-he-ever-cool-off OF J.D. Martinez and Rick "Thanks for landing us Yoenis Cespedes!" Porcello (whom I'm still happy to collect). As everyone knows by now, J.D.'s 2014 campaign, his first after leaving the Astros as a minor league free agent, was nothing short of remarkable as he hit .315 with 23 HR and was good for 3.1 WAR (Topps includes that now? Nice. Although B-R had him at 4.2 and Fangraphs said 4.0. Topps gonna Topps...) He followed that up with an All-Star 2015 and has a bright future in Motown!
One of my other PCs didn't get left out, though, thanks to the inclusion of this pair of Griffeys. The first is from the '94 Topps base set and was part of the "Masters of Greatness" subset. The other is from the goofy '98 Pacific Online set, one of those fun experimental products that disappeared as quickly as it came. In this case, not only did the card include (very old) links at the top of the card ("What's the Internet?") collectors could visit, but this Web Cards insert had a code on the back you could enter into a site to see if you won an upgraded "Winners" card. I guess we'll never know if this one was a winner! By the way, Junior has a pair of cards in the product with this number as a fielding version exists as well.
Thanks a ton for including me in your holiday card-giving, Stealing Home, and I'm happy to report that this time I did return the favor and you should be getting a small package from me this week!