Monday, December 17, 2012

Another Brick in the Wall(ach)

You see what I did there with the title?  The whole Pink Floyd meets under-appreciated Expos third baseman from the '80s, and....

Okay, sorry.

Anyhow, it's been a few days since my last post.  My apologies, but it's been pretty busy here at Clubhouse HQ in beautiful New Castle County, Del.  Oh, you know, Christmas preparations and such.  Mother K came down for a visit Saturday, etc etc.

But, you didn't ask, did you?

Oh, so back to my clever title.  At the last local card show, I came across a dime-box Tim Wallach reprint.  It's funny how the blog universe changes things, because before blogging I would've tossed that fish back into the water.  But, that is an unthinkable act now that I know of the Tim Wallach blog.  So, it came home with me and then got stuffed in an envelope marked for New Mexico and the law offices of Mr. Stackhouse.

In return, I got a handsome five-card lot of N.Y. Mets.

Including a glittery and glitzy David Wright...

I'm glad the Flushing brain trust inked David to a lucrative extension.  Is he really worth the dollar amount he will receive?  Especially for a team that will likely finish fourth again?  Probably not, but in a day and age where players change teams more than they change their toothbrushes, I'm glad David -- a true homegrown star -- will be in the Mets lineup for a long time to come.  He's a top notch person and a pretty darn good ballplayer to boot.

I kinda wish Jose Reyes was still in the Queens equation, too.  I figured he and David would be partners in crime for a lot longer than they were.  But, after a year in Miami, he'll now be taking his talents north of the border this spring.  Hey, at least he's out of the NL East.

Anyways, Jose is still one of my all-time favorites.  And thanks to Mr. Stackhouse I have two more cards of Reyes to add to the collection...

Really dig both of these.  Can't go wrong with the retro Topps inserts, right?

And to top off the very generous return from Wallach blog, are a pair of 2009 OPC black parallels...

Ya know, I really like the cards from this set.  A lot.  In fact, I've considered attacking this set on numerous occasions.  Great retro design, super photography.  A real winner, in my opinion.  My local card shop has had hobby boxes of O-Pee-Chee on "special" for months now.  And every time I'm in there I stare at the boxes for a few moments before going "meh" and moving on.  I guess I just don't want to commit myself to another set pursuit.  I'd rather put my monetary resources into furthering my Heritage quest.

Thanks for the great cards, Mr. Stackhouse!  And you folks out there remember to send your Tim Wallach cards and other tchotchkes to the good lawyer out there in the desert.


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