Time to catch up with the non-purchased (and non-drafted) cards I've received over the past 3 weeks or so. It's a lot!
Don't worry, the box didn't arrive like this, but there was a minor hole smacked into it (no damage to contents) that I used to rip it open and snap this photo while Ruby checked it out. I think this might be the most cards I've ever received at once. Friend of the blog The Turrdog answered my call for complete sets from the overproduction era and hooked me up with 5 of them.
Nice. I was especially happy to see the pair of sets from '89. I've now completed Score baseball from '88 thru '91 (still wanting an extra '88 Score set.) The only set here I've really looked at so far is 1989 Bowman. The cards are much more palatable when you're just going through the set, as opposed to when these tall-ish boys are mixed in with standard dimension cardboard. Too many similar/boring photos, and backs that aren't worth your time to bother flipping around, but the set has its charm. I thumbed through the whole thing in a sitting or two and basically used it as a flashcard exercise testing my visual identification of the 40-man rosters of 1989. I'd say I probably got 1/3 of them just by the guy's appearance, another third I needed the facsimile autograph as a hint (varying degrees of helpfulness there), and the remaining third were guys I either wasn't really familiar with or had never heard of in my life, mostly prospects that didn't pan out.. the birth of modern Bowman as a perennial prospect-heavy product.
While not in factory set packaging, the cards are all pack-fresh-- which is a nice change of pace because usually whenever I come across '89 Bowman cards, the top corners.. well, you know: it's '89 Bowman! The Griffey rookie was so damn minty I was compelled to pluck it out and give it the "box-topper" treatment with some added protection.
This is just the base set. I wouldn't mind adding the retro/reprint inserts someday.
It wasn't only junk sets from Turrdog, though. Some very appreciated vintage setbuild help was also included in the flat-rate box...
Great to check some big cards off my dwindling 1974 Topps needs
, though Brooks and the checklist could use an upgrade someday.
Given my desire to make a run at completing 1972 Topps by the end of the year, the highlight of the box for me has got to be the terrific selection of '72s, including a few treasured high numbers and my first of the "awards" subset. I've been PC-ing Reggie Jackson since I was a kid, and that's the first copy of his '72 In Action I've ever owned, so that's kinda cool. Wonder if he's admiring a homer or merely watching a foul.
And a few other various needs, highlighted by a Mickey Lolich rookie.
Thanks, Turrdog! Good to hear you're happy with the return I sent you.
Next up are the spoils from a trilogy of PWEs Bo sent me. He had come into a lot of Dodgers cards and was looking to clear out some dupes.
Mike Marshall was a need for my '75 Topps setbuild. Still going after that black gold, too.
Shoring up my Sharpersons with some common cards I was missing.
More PC guys.
Minicollection additions of the "looking straight up" and "thumbs up" variety, as well as contenders for the Vagabond Binder and a few other various Dodgers along for the ride.
Next up is an impressive bubble mailer sent by fellow Portlander, madding at Cards on Cards. We used to exchange cards in person downtown, which was a nice way to save on postage, but since covid, we're not down there very often (I still go into the office once a week, though I believe Kerry is fully working for home these days.)
Pretty sure this lot gets Christian Yelich to 100 unique cards for me and soon to be retired from my wantlist.
More active PC guys. (I collect too many Dodgers these days, lol!)
And some big names from the past.
Kerry has generously helped feed my Tatis Jr collection these past few years. I'm also trying to go for the full set of those Topps Black Gold inserts.
A few more young Pads.
Damian Lillard rules the package. Wow!
And a cool Kawhi Leonard.
Thanks again for the awesome bunch of cards, Kerry! Hope my return was ok.
This post started with the largest amount of cards I've ever been sent at once, and now it closes with what's tied for the all-time least
amount of cards I've been mailed: one. Cardboard Jones
was kind enough to chip in a need for my long-running 2011 Topps parallel setbuild
. Thanks, Steve!
That'll do it for today. Thanks for reading.
That is a lot of cards. Fun for days.ReplyDelete
Wow, heckuva mail week!ReplyDelete
Hey, if you're looking for Dodgers (and, yes, it's weird), I have a few.ReplyDelete
Love seeing the 2011 Diaond Anniversary parallels. They were great.ReplyDelete
I think the 1989 Bowman Griffey would be a lot more loved if not for the weird size.
Glad to help fill in some little holes in the collection.ReplyDelete
Turrdog's great, I've traded with him a couple of times too.
That's quite a haul of incoming!! I'm afraid I don't know Turrdog.ReplyDelete
The Topps Archives and Topps Black Gold Tatis cards are really cool. I'm also a big fan of the 1989 Bowman set... with the kneeling Griffey rc.ReplyDelete
It seems like you and Kerry should still be able to meet up somewhere.ReplyDelete
Love those Lillard cards, and that '74 Nolan Ryan is so sharp!ReplyDelete
That's a lot of cards and would take me quite a bit of time to go tnrough!ReplyDelete