I debated whether to file this under my "Trading Post" theme as I didn't actually send him cards in return, but I am leaning toward filing anything that is sourced from the blogosphere as a "trade", just because this is a great community and it's easy to hyperlink. Ctrl+K for the win!
These mystery packs consisted of a wide assortment of recent cards, with plenty of shiny stuff and die cuts to keep things interesting. He may have read a recent post of mine in which I covered what might be the craziest die-cut card to ever hit the industry, as I now have another Chrome Collections card, and it's of a Rockie, no less!
|2013 Topps Chrome Chrome Connections Die Cuts #CC-CG Carlos Gonzalez|
|2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Dealing Aces #DA-JF Jose Fernandez|
As an aside, the area beyond the center field wall at Coors Field has a lot going on. There's a water feature that's been there since day one, which gets turned on after Rockies home runs and wins. Over the years, they've added many evergreen trees that are native to Colorado, ivy on the batter's eye, solar panels, and boulders sourced from local quarries. The visitors' bullpen is directly attached to this area, so out-of-town pitchers can see how beautiful Colorado is. There is even the occasional family of ducks out there. It's part of what makes it one of the most beautiful ballparks in the whole sport.
As I'm generally a Topps fan, I must admit that I haven't paid much attention to recent Panini releases, nor their resurrection of the Donruss brand. But from what little I've seen, they seem to be paying proper homage to past releases.
|2014 Donruss Press Proofs Silver #96 Matt Carpenter /199|
|1995 Donruss Press Proofs #365 Matt Williams|
I mentioned there were lots of shiny cards in these mystery packs, and this one from 2014 Heritage especially caught my attention.
|2014 Topps Heritage Chrome Purple Refractors #THC-432 Jay Bruce|
Alex also included a nice assortment of insert cards. From the pyro-themed Fired Up insert set, here's Jason Kipnis getting ready to throw his batting helmet in either disgust or celebration.
|2014 Topps Opening Day Fired Up #UP-30 Jason Kipnis|
Poor Yu Darvish. He alone sums up the Rangers' struggles when they're only one out (or strike) from history.
|2014 Topps The Future is Now #FN-28 Yu Darvish|
I recently expressed admiration for 2013's Chasing The Dream insert set that I have been...chasing. This doesn't look quite as good without the White Sox color scheme as seen on Addison Reed's card, but it's still an elegant design and I'm on the hunt for more.
|2013 Topps Chasing the Dream #CD-22 Drew Smyly|
|2013 Topps Update Emerald #US176 Matt Lindstrom|