Speaking of sushi, I'm a little overdue for some.
But let's get to the cards, starting with the 2003 release of Stadium Club, the final year of consistent annual releases since the brand's inception in 1991. Of course, 2015 will continue a new streak for Stadium Club, and I hope it keeps going for many more years.
|2003 Stadium Club Royal Gold #94 Larry Walker|
Here's another Larry Walker card from this package, and it's from the same UD set as the Preston Wilson card that I got from The Lost Collector.
|2004 UD Diamond All-Star Silver Honors #29 Larry Walker|
Speaking of Helton, there was a base card of his from 2004 Upper Deck.
|2004 Upper Deck #338 Todd Helton|
Not only did I receive some good shots in and of Coors Field, but there were lots and lots of shiny cards in this shipment as well.
|2004 UD Reflections #350 Luis A. Gonzalez (RC)|
Please don't get the impression that I'm some super-expert on all these obscure sets. I look this all up on Beckett like the rest of you.
|2013 Topps Tribute WBC #12 Jhoulys Chacin|
In the years leading up to Y2K, there was a lot of "millennium" branding being thrown around in virtually all consumer product segments. Candies, baseball cards, computers, you name it.
|1997 Stadium Club Millennium #M15 Brian Hunter|
There were a couple other cards with these raised surfaces as well, both Rockies, and both from Upper Deck's Ovation brand.
It wasn't all Rockies though, nor even former Rockies like that Brian Hunter card. Given that I am only loosely into targeting Rockies for my collection, cards from other teams are also welcome.
Especially when they're serial numbered.
|2014 Topps Update Gold #US234 Felix Hernandez /2014|
|2014 Topps Update The Future Is Now #FN-JA1 Jose Abreu|
Abreu's name came up in an episode of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations show, the one where he visited baseball-crazed Cuba. In it, Bourdain encounters a park full of government-sanctioned "professional baseball fans," many of whom have more expertise on the game and its prospects than us American fans with $130 to burn on an MLB.TV subscription.
This episode originally aired a day before the 2011 All Star Game, and the crowd of baseball experts also predicted that Yoenis Cespedes could easily be an MLB star. Judging by Cespedes' performance in the two most recent Home Run Derbys, it's clear that they know their baseball down in Cuba. Though they've developed quite a unique culture under Castro, I'm pleased to see the United States finally taking steps to developing better diplomatic and economic relations with the island nation.
As quoted in that clip, "baseball transcends politics".