Thursday, September 11, 2008

Generosity Abounds, Part 2

Here is the second half of the lovely package from Dinged Corners, and this stack starts things off right with Ozzie Smith. I started my first ever player collection of Ozzie back in high school, and while I already have this card (a 1988 Topps UK Mini) it's a nice one from an oddball set I really liked.

1995 Collector's Choice Rick Sutcliffe - Every time I've seen Sutcliffe work a Cardinals game for ESPN, he always seems to mention how he used to pitch for the Cardinals. I also never remember this actually occurring. Now I have documented proof in baseball card form, even though the only picture of him actually appearing to compete in a game on this card is a teeny-tiny inset picture on the back of his card. Here we see him signing for his legions of fans, most of whom are probably Cubs fans.

2006 Cardinals Upper Deck World Series Champions Adam Wainwright - A perfect baseball moment captured on a baseball card. I suspect that the Dinged Corners team did not mind parting with this card one bit. (Not pictured: Carlos Beltran) By the way, where did this little set come from and how can a Cardinal fan like me go about getting one?

2007 UD Masterpieces Ozzie Smith - A "whoa!" moment in opening the package. I had just recently bought a couple of packs from this set at $1.59 discount price, but I did not have this Ozzie. He's just showing off.

2005 Fleer Tradition Larry Walker - His time with the Cards was so brief, so it's nice to get any of his cards in the Birds on the Bat.

1988 Donruss Ricky Horton - Thanks to Joe Buck big-timing the Cardinals, I've been able to hear the sweet dulcet tones of Mr. Horton during select FSN Midwest broadcasts this year.

2006 Upper Deck John Rodriguez - Okay, seriously... I miss J-Rod. I miss his MLBlog. Rick Ankiel is effectively done for the year. Joe Mather is completely done for the year. Colby Rasmus isn't coming. Troy Glaus, while not an outfielder, is also going to miss "a number of games" which could easily in Cardinalsinjuryspeak mean "done for the year." John Rodriguez could hit. I'm not sure what he's up to these days, but I think that I heard he was playing for an independent league team at last check. Surely he could be signed for a tray of nachos and a few Fredbird bobbleheads, right?
2001 Topps John Mabry - This was the aqua Topps set, right? Or is that teal? 2003 was the blue set. I'm still trying to learn all the Topps designs from the years that I missed. This is from Mabry's second of three stints on the team. He was always a useful pinch-hitter and spot starter.

1986 Topps Vince Coleman - Jackpot! This is Coleman's rookie card, 1985 Traded Set be dratted.

I also got a supernice personalized note from Lucy of Dinged Corners with the package. I am planning on putting together a package for the people behind this great blog soon, even though all this was sent to me as a no-strings-attached gift.

1 comment:

Brian said...

Man, '86 Topps was always my favorite. Spring Training Fever!