My Fantasy team seems to have turned a corner, with Greinke working his way to a decent record, and Mookie Betts crushing numerous home runs over a non-numerous series of games.
And oh yeah, I bought a new car. First time I've ever owned a car built in the current decade. A few days before, as part of a birthday present my family chipped in on in March, I got to drive a Ferrari for an hour in the foothills outside Denver. A bit anticlimactic to go buy a Mazda after that, but if anyone in your area offers cars like that for a quick, guided rental, it's well worth it, especially if you can find a Groupon.
With all that new stuff, surprise baseball cards from my girlfriend are still a common fixture, and she brought home a partial box of 2015 Allen & Ginter from a hobby shop that also sells coins and comic books. We had a bit of a pack war, and she definitely saw the appeal in cracking into a sealed pack of cards, especially A&G, a set that is well-known for more than just baseball.
|2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Ancient Armory #AA-8 War Hammer|
|2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Menagerie of the Mind #MM-2 Elf|
You learn something new every day.
These particular elves look like something out of a 1970s BBC production, and while the card mentions their current relation to Santa's workshop and the cookie factory, their roots can be found in Norse paganism. Their alleged immortality, found in the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, is also alluded to.
|2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Great Scott #GS-7 Continental Drift|
|2015 Topps Allen & Ginter #302 Fall of the Berlin Wall|
If you're interested in this era of history, Bridge of Spies is worth seeing, although Tom Hanks is so A-List that it's become hard to see him as anyone besides Tom Hanks. For all I know, he'll be in an A&G set before too long.
|2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini First Ladies #FIRST-23 Edith Roosevelt|
|2015 Topps Allen & Ginter #143 Mike Zunino|
I still can't quite get over how A&G insists on spelling everything out, like writing a check. His slugging percentage is Three Hundred Eighty Three, though he just has Two triples to his name.
|2015 Topps Allen & Ginter #23 Johnny Cueto|
|2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Starting Points #SP-87 Adrian Beltre|
His debut came on June 24th, 1998, and as the back of this card tells us, Randy Johnson whiffed a dozen Padres that day, and Jeff Bagwell hit two home runs in a pre-humidor Coors Field. However, the card neglects to mention that those 5 RBIs were not enough to beat the Rockies.
|2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Starting Points #SP-76 Buster Posey|
Posey hasn't been in the league nearly as long as Beltre, but already he has three World Series rings, plus his broken leg in 2011 is basically the reason why the rules for sliding into home plate changed. He's definitely an influential player, and he can add his name to the long list of San Francisco Giants whom I've seen hit a home run in person.
Plus, he sort of looks like an elf.