The Vlad Jr. hype is intense! On mlb.com the other day, the top 7 or so news stories were about him and his debut. A bit over the top, but like most baseball fans, I'm interested to see how he turns out as a big leaguer.
The gold standard, Mike Trout!
Reining NL MVP Christian Yelich. Good stuff here! The mini is /99.
Reigning AL MVP Mookie Betts. Sure, sometimes I feel like a "basic bitch" of a card collector, turning my head for any hot rookies and MVPs. But hey, I also collect guys like Travis Taijeron and Matt Ginter, so I feel I've got well-rounded wants.
Mookie's teammates Rafael Devers and Andrew Benintendi.
More Astros. Love that Correa Heritage refractor.
I've lived in Portland for over a decade now, but have yet to really jump on the Blazers bandwagon. But after that epic playoff-advancing buzzerbeater the other night that had all of Portland bumping, I was like, "Damn! I need to collect Damian Lillard cards!" And Kerry, a big Blazers fan/collector, was kind enough to get that PC started with this lot of dupes he had.
As I add one new name to the short list of active b-ball guys I collect, I lose another, as Dirk retired after the regular season.
Most of the guys I collect in basketball are greats of the past, like Wilt and Dr. J.
...And Dikembe, Kareem, and Manute.
Back to baseball, with plenty of shine here.
And some old-timer favorites. Dave Henderson cards always make me smile. And I hope Bartolo gets an opportunity to pitch this year, but it's not looking likely at this point.
I just sorted out my George Brett PC the other day, seeing if I had hit the 100-card mark yet.. but fell short, around 90 cards. Keep creepin' up, though.
Current Padres representing. Almost May and we're still in contention!! LOL
JOY OF A COMPLETED SET!!!
I got a factory set of '90 Score for Xmas back when it was current-- that and a cheap '89 Topps from the Sears catalog were my first ever complete sets-- but never had a Rookie & Traded set to complement it. Some great cards in here!
Some nice Nats.
And a hit to take us home! Sweet!
Big thanks, Kerry! Great stuff. I'm in your debt and will try to balance the scales soon.