Nachos Group Break
Ok, so these cards came in before I left for my trip. I couldn’t just skip posting it, though – after all, it was my first group break.
When I saw the post over at Nachos Grande, my initial instinct was to grab the Astros, of course. After all, the late 90’s and the beginning of the 2000’s is a period where my team collection is severely lacking. (Someday I’ll get to update my wantlist.)
But there was a bonus! Chris had lumped in the Texas Rangers with the Astros, giving me a nice shot at scoring some of my other favorite players from my early teen years.
First was the ’95 Flair, which netted me all of the Astros I needed, including that Biggio up top. These are pretty sparkly in the background, and don’t scan nearly as nice as they look. I came away with a Will Clark and Juan Gonzalez in the Rangers stack, among others. There was also this great die-cut Jeff Bagwell insert that was previously lacking from my collection.
I landed another nice looking Palmeiro, but there are two overhead shots which are the highlights from the box. This one of Jose Lima pitching in spring training (designated by the hat he’s wearing) is a pretty sweet aerial photo. You don’t see that one often.
It’s this shot of Bill Spiers sliding in and tagging home plate that is the winner, though. As Chris said when he posted it, there’s no way for a scan to do this one justice. Just imagine all that shiny silver and a super-glossy sheen, and the richness of the dirt.
Thanks for the great break, Chris!