Brian's sent me a lot of stuff recently. This post will focus on his first shipment. He sent one more as a trade, as well as the Rockies cards from the group break he did not long ago. He knows I like shiny stuff, and he did a great job in finding plenty for me to like.
|2006 Bowman Heritage Chrome #77 Garrett Atkins|
A 2012 Chrome Refractor offers something a bit more familiar, yet not really all that different from the surrounding five years of card designs.
|2012 Topps Chrome Refractors #155 Drew Pomeranz (RC)|
Pomeranz pitched for the Rockies for three years, amassing a disappointing 4-14 record. He's pitching for Oakland now, and broke the .500 mark in the 2014 season. So it goes for Rockies pitchers. Pomeranz came over from Cleveland in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, who was one of the very few Rockies pitchers that had a successful career at Coors Field.
Regardless of his record, a shiny card is a shiny card.
|1993 Upper Deck Diamond Gallery #23 David Nied|
I collected plenty of 1993 Upper Deck as a child, although I am still running across insert cards from that set for the first time. Research shows this particular card is from the 36-card "Diamond Gallery" set, which was sold separately as a boxed set with a print run of 123,600. For 1993, that's downright scarce. I'm surprised that the hologram image of Nied on the right comes across so well on the scan. It's a stunning card.
Not all the cards from Brian were shiny, but most were still on the uncommon side.
|2007 Upper Deck First Edition #16 Alvin Colina (RC)|
I've written before that I adore almost all the insert cards from Topps Opening Day, including Superstar Celebrations.
|2012 Topps Opening Day Superstar Celebrations #SC-8 Troy Tulowitzki|
This particular card is from an Interleague game against the White Sox, in which Tulo scored the winning run. Interleague play hasn't been friendly to the Rockies. Since games started in 1997 they have a .475 winning percentage. That's higher than I expected to find when I looked it up, but there are a few AL teams that always give them fits, like the Angels, Yankees, and White Sox.
With the Astros moving to the AL West, Interleague play has become quite prevalent. With 15 teams in each league, there's always at least one active AL/NL series. But this last card is from 1999, when it was in its infancy.
|1999 Topps Stars One Star #76 Vinny Castilla|
I do enjoy Topps Stars cards; as they are one of many, many sets I barely knew of in their heyday, only finding examples many years after they were printed. Even better, the back of this card is more interesting than the front.
|1999 Topps Stars One Star #76 Vinny Castilla (Reverse)|