And you'd be right. I sat on this one for quite a while.
Back in December, I put my name in Jeff's virtual hat and won the final of 15 available slots in his 'Tis the Season giveaway. I'll get to the bulk of my winnings later on, but Jeff was kind enough to throw in a small helping of Rockies cards to sweeten the deal.
|2009 Topps Wal-Mart Black Border #166 Jeff Baker|
|2000 Ultimate Victory #90 Ben Petrick|
|2009 SP Authentic #85 Brad Hawpe|
|2008 Upper Deck Documentary #2499 Matt Holliday|
|1994 Ultra #188 Armando Reynoso|
My girlfriend said that she'd like to start seeing more than just Rockies cards on this blog. My collection spans all teams, but my trade packages tend to be limited to just the Rockies. I know I have two upcoming posts that feature non-Rockies, including a former Eight Men Out card. so keep your eyes peeled for those.
|2014 Donruss #227 Carlos Gomez DK|
When I first saw it, I thought to myself, "I don't remember Carlos Gonzalez ever having a beard like that," so Jeff may have made the same false identification as I did. Upon closer examination, this card is actually of Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez.
Like most of the recent Donruss cards, it's a faithful homage to the original designs both front and back. It's probably losing points with collectors for being "too retro", a second strike against the Panini brand that is already devoid of MLB logos and team names.
Which is probably why I thought a Brewer was a Rockie.
More on that later.
|2014 Topps Football #225 Demaryius Thomas|
Most of what I won in this giveaway consisted of football cards. They filled most of a small Priority Mail box, aside from a team bag of Rockies cards.
As a Colorado native, I do consider myself a Broncos fan, although with all the continued and worsening PR disasters, pro football keeps dropping down my list of preferred sports. The Patriots' antics with deflated game balls would be quite the scandal under normal circumstances, but it pales in comparison to all the domestic violence that keeps coming to light.
Regardless, though I traded most of them to my usual dealer at last month's card show, I did pick out a handful of cards to save, most of which were Broncos.
|2014 Topps Fantasy Strategies #FFS-ED Eric Decker|
Eric Decker led off his career well in Denver but is now playing for the New York Jets, as pictured. I love all this green. I might have to keep an eye out for more Jets cards if they look this good.
|2014 Rookies and Stars Longevity Team Logo Holofoil #40 Chris Ivory /32|
As a card collector, this is disheartening. Though the hobby got pretty out of control when there were a half-dozen producers, at least there was competition. It's ironic that professional sports leagues, who so strongly encourage sportsmanship and competition, have engaged in anti-competitive behavior for well over a century.
|2014 Upper Deck Football #38 Bo Jackson|
But it's a heck of a tough way to get a licensed card with multiple card companies.