Brian commented on my 2015 Topps Heritage post just a few days ago, saying he had a Rockies team set reserved for me. We also exchanged emails that day, and he offered some 2015 Donruss and Opening Day as well. I have no idea how it got here so quickly. There was even a postal holiday in there! It's almost like using Amazon Prime.
|2015 Donruss #83 Charlie Blackmon|
|2015 Donruss Stat Line Season #81 Troy Tulowitzki /340|
Tulowitzki drove in the first run of the Rockies' 2015 season today, as they routed the Brewers 10-0 to spoil the fun in Milwaukee. Tulowitzki had three hits, following up Carlos Gonzalez's 1st-inning double with a two-bagger of his own, well on his way to another solid batting average in 2015. Maybe the Badgers will win tonight and take some of the sting out of it for the Wisconsin fans.
|2007 Topps Moments & Milestones Milestone Autographs #MA-GA Garrett Atkins (AU)|
|2015 Topps Opening Day #41 Carlos Gonzalez|
If not Tulo, then who was on the second Opening Day card?
|2015 Topps Opening Day Mascots #M-10 Dinger|
Last year, I had to rely on some luck and a second blaster to get the Dinger mascot card. This year, thanks to the generosity of my trading partners, one showed up in my mailbox as if by magic.
In addition to the great cards above, the main attraction of this trade package was a complete Rockies team set from 2015 Topps Heritage, including the short prints of Tulowitzki, Gonzalez (really, Topps?), and Corey Dickerson.
|2015 Topps Heritage #72 Nolan Arenado|
|2015 Topps Heritage #239 LaTroy Hawkins|
|2015 Topps Heritage #93 Wilin Rosario|
But smack in the middle of that Heritage team set was an unexpected card.
|1991 Stadium Club #463 Tim Wallach|
It's an Eight Men Out card!
With the addition of this Tim Wallach, I'm only one single card short of completing Series 2 of 1991 Stadium Club! I believe that was the first set to include gold foil, and it was super premium stuff in 1991.
Brian's really an awesome trader. I have two older envelopes from him that I haven't blogged about yet. One contains the Rockies from his recent late-'90s group break, and the other includes lots of assorted Rockies that I need to take another look at. I still owe him cards in return for my share of the group break, but I'm afraid I won't be able to get them to Brian with the same lightning speed this shipment had.
Thanks to the generosity of Brian and others in this community, checking my mailbox these past several months has been a lot more fun!
And I won't complain at all that the Rockies haven't yet given up a run this season.