He also threw in a card from one of my favorite brands as a child: Sportflix.
|1995 SportFlix #96 Andres Galarraga|
One thing that certainly does scan well is one of the oldest ballparks in the game: Wrigley Field.
|1996 Bazooka #96 Vinny Castilla|
I've mentioned before that I think the insert sets found in Opening Day are pretty awesome, from the Mascot series, to Fired Up, and let's not forget Stadium Lights.
|2012 Topps Opening Day Elite Skills #ES-23 Carlos Gonzalez|
This one of CarGo "Playing The Ivy" really only applies to those that have already reached the majors. Any little leaguer ought to know how to execute a rundown, but knowing the outfield ground rules at Wrigley is valuable knowledge to just a hundred or so guys. But I see their point; knowing the ground rules or how to play the quirks of a particular field (since only the diamond's dimensions are set in stone) can give you a valuable advantage in any setting.
|2008 Stadium Club #4 Todd Helton|
Cue the putting drill, and a fellow student's comment of "I wish I could make one in a row!"
Back to Helton, that BP card is from 2008 Stadium Club, which didn't earn nearly as much love as the recent 2014 release, but still featured some pretty great photography regardless.
And a guy who practices that much ends up getting rewarded with nice, shiny cards like this:
|2004 SP Prospects #35 Todd Helton|
Todd Helton progressed through all the developmental stages of a Major Leaguer with the Rockies, going from a prospect, to a rookie, to a star, to a team legend, who was given a "fond farewell" as he neared retirement.
|2014 Topps Update Fond Farewells #FF-TH Todd Helton|
Not that free agency doesn't have plenty of its own problems ($9 ballpark beers being the least of them), but one has to admit that sports is a much more lucrative business than it used to be once the owners were dragged kicking and screaming into a world with a fair labor market.
Helton chose to stick around even in that labor market, and as the back of the above card points out, he was gifted with a horse shortly after he announced his retirement.
Yes, we still have a bit of the Wild West out here in Colorado. The National Western Stock Show is going on right now, in fact.
One player that will be going to his third team in 2015 is Michael Cuddyer. He got his start as a Twin, then spent three years in Denver. He'll stay in the National League next year as a Met.
|2014 Topps Heritage Chrome #THC-33 Michael Cuddyer /999|
Not sure how I feel about that. I think I'd take an inspiring American space program over shiny cardboard with a gold serial number.
Think anyone in Congress would take that trade?
In that case, I'll just have to enjoy this Brad Hawpe relic instead.
|2008 Topps Allen & Ginter Relics #AGR-BH Brad Hawpe (MEM)|
This was a fun post to write while I had the NFL playoffs turned on in the background. Thanks to Cards on Cards for all the, uh, cards!