That's partially why my only post since May was an Instagram photo from my trip to Austria, but as I am between major events at the moment, I'd like to take the opportunity to keep this blog active.
Returning to my long-running The Trading Post theme, here's a trade package from Julie at A Cracked Bat that I received this spring. Julie has sent me lots of cards this past year, and has been one of my best trading partners. I commented on a long-ago post of hers claiming a Kellogg's 3D mini, which I'll get to later.
|2014 Bowman Chrome Dualing Die-Cut Refractors #DDC-SB Eddie Butler / Corey Seager|
|2005 Topps All-Stars #TAS1 Todd Helton|
|1998 Pacific Omega Online Inserts #28 Larry Walker|
|2001 E-X #9 Larry Walker|
I don't have any details like that on this E-X card, although I can tell you that Walker's outline is printed with a very subtle outline.
|2001 Fleer Premium #101 Todd Hollandsworth|
|1996 Emotion-XL #171 Jason Bates|
|2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Framed Blue #59 Wilmer Flores /499|
|2011 Topps Allen and Ginter Hometown Heroes #HH70 Troy Tulowitzki|
On this card, we learn that Tulowitzki is from Sunnyvale, California, right in the heart of Silicon Valley. In fact, one of the companies I work most closely with in my new role is headquartered there, along with countless other tech companies. The back of this card even mentions that he's from a "tech-heavy" region, surrounded by Santa Clara and San Jose.
I don't know whether the A's franchise will move out of Oakland, but they'd have plenty of local business clients and advertisers if that ends up happening.
|2013 Topps Update #US226 Michael Cuddyer|
|1994 Select #145 Eric Young|
|2013 USA Baseball Champions #15 Frank Thomas|
In reading up on Thomas' Team USA days, I was surprised to learn that he didn't participate in the 1988 Olympics. But if he did, then he would have had a card in 1988 Topps Traded, and we all know that set well enough to know that Thomas didn't appear on a Topps card until two years later.
|1980 Kellogg's #55 Joaquin Andjuar|
They've been through quite a few uniforms since then, with varying degrees of how much orange they include. I feel like the Astros have been aimlessly hunting for an identity for quite some time now, going so far as to switch leagues, a move that still isn't intuitive to me. Almost every time I see them on the out-of-town scoreboard or ESPN ticker, my brain screams "interleague game!"
At least Orbit is back.