His shipment showed up Monday, the very same day I was selected to sit on a jury for a week-long trial, so as you can imagine, I haven't been able to keep up with my hobbies this past week (or even work, for that matter).
But that's all wrapped up, and I've been diving into my many recent pickups and trade packages this weekend. Digging into Jared's shipment, one of the first that caught my eye is this insert from 2013 Topps.
|2013 Topps Chase It Down #CD-12 Carlos Gonzalez|
The other oft-injured Rockie superstar that's rumored to be on the MLB trading block is Troy Tulowitzki, who introduced me to another insert set by appearing on a UD Starquest card.
|2008 Upper Deck First Edition Starquest #SQ-58 Troy Tulowitzki|
Even with Upper Deck out of the hobby, it never ceases to amaze me how many cards are out there. Despite having tens of thousands of cards lying around, it's quite common for me to see a set or parallel for the first time. More on that later.
|2010 Topps Attax Silver Foil #28 Ubaldo Jimenez|
In one of my first posts, I wrote about the "Topps Finest Protector" peel-away coating, which I peeled off this card of now-manager Walt Weiss mere seconds ago.
|1997 Finest #180 Walt Weiss B|
Carrying on, Jared included one of my favorite bonuses in the hobby, a serial-numbered card!
|2013 Topps Gold #427 Chris Nelson /2013|
Nick over at Dime Boxes has been writing about 1995 Fleer quite a bit lately, so this scan is for him!
|1995 Fleer #531 Eric Young|
Earlier I mentioned that I often run into older sets for the first time. Right around 1997, Fleer had the brilliant idea to actually include the year and set name in the fine print on the back, a feature that makes sorting quite a bit easier. Pacific followed this innovation a couple years later, as did Upper Deck in the mid-2000s. Topps still doesn't do this, and I must admit that having nothing to go on besides the copyright date (which is sometimes a year behind) drives me a little crazy.
But anyway, Pacific made quite a unique insert set in 2000 Crown Royale called "Card-Supials". An obvious play on "marsupial", the mammal variety that raises its young in a pouch, these standard-sized cards also include a removable miniature card (1.25" x 1.75"), slightly larger than Topps Micro.
|2000 Pacific Crown Royale Card-Supials #5 Sammy Sosa |
2000 Pacific Crown Royale Card-Supials Minis #9 Ben Petrick
Thanks again to Jerad for all the Rockies, including plenty that were novel to this collector. I still need to send some cards his way, but I have a healthy stack of Red Sox and some of the catchers on his player collection already set aside. I've been receiving quite the wide variety of new cards from my fellow bloggers, and I'm happy to reciprocate.