|1987 Topps All-Star|
The remaining contents of my 400-count mystery box -- after I separated out the players I collect, along with the Mets cards -- contained a potpourri of years and brands, as you can well imagine. And while it's not necessarily stuff I collect, that doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy it. There were quite a few cards that caused me to pause and admire.
The above '87 Topps card of Fernando Valenzuela isn't exactly a "stop the presses" piece of cardboard. Don't get me wrong, it's a fine card of one of the 1980s' best pitcher. It's also my favorite of the All-Star subset designs from the era. But, I mean, I have one or two of these already and I think it's safe to say most of us have seen this one kicking around.
I can't say the same for the other two Fernandos I received.
|1988 Donruss; 1997 Collector's Choice|
And speaking of pitchers at the plate:
Here are some pitchers in their more usual element. I hadn't even realized Todd Stottlemeyer pitched for Oakland, but pitch in the Bay Area he did. For one season, 1995. And it was a pretty memorable year for Todd, as he won 14 games and established a career high with 205 strikeouts. Thus, a "Smoke 'N Heat" insert in 1996 Fleer.
|1987 Donruss; 1989 Donruss|
Oh, about that harried existence for a catcher?
|1998 Upper Deck|
Speaking of that blogger, here are a pair of Padres:
|1997 Collector's Choie, 2011 Heritage|
From Friars to Angels we go:
|1984 Fleer, 2007 Heritage|
|2008 Upper Deck|
|2003 Upper Deck SP Authentic|
|1992 Bowman Foil|
For more gold, Fleer Ultra hits the spot:
|1999 Fleer Ultra Gold Medallion|
And that's all folks. Well, okay, maybe one last curtain call...
Well there you have it. For five bucks, I would buy one of these 400-count boxes all day long. I'm sure another one or two are in my future. It's certainly a lot more fun going through one of these than, say, a "jumbo pack" of some Topps product or another.
If anything I've posted catches your fancy -- whether it be for a player or team collection -- I'd be happy to send it your way. Just drop me a line. Hey, I collect Carl Everett cards, so why would I be surprised if anyone out there has a fetish for Todd Stottlemeyer inserts or Brandon Webb serial-numbered cards?
Thanks for checking in, and I'll catch up with ya soon.