Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Long Ways From Cooperstown

Another super trade from three time zones over. 

Portland, Oregon is a long ways from anywhere. With the crippling budget crisis that seems to have been the standard operating practice for the USPS going on years now, it's fairly wondrous that it only takes a few days for these baseball cards to go from coast to coast. Brett from Cooperstown Exit 3:16 was kind enough to send me this latest batch of (mostly) glossy cardboard wonders from the other side of the country.

I've pretty much resolved to not set foot in another Wal-Mart store again, so it's always nice to continue to get these blue parallels that were exclusive to the chain for several years, especially when they are some of my favorite players.

Brett is a big collector of on card autographs with bible verses, so I'm guessing he had a few non-verse extras that were available to send my way. This is quite the assortment! Mabry, the Cardinals hitting coach... Swagerty, the former prospect... and Erik Pappas eating... something. I always used to think of this card as Erik Pappas eating ice cream, but it's very clear that it's not ice cream that he has in that bowl.

Ahhh, a much needed David Freese Topps Heritage short print. You don't find those in the mail every day!

Finally, behold the card of the Wizard of Oz circa 1997. It's very... confusing. Nice, but confusing.

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