You guys, baseball is back! You know? Awesome! Me too, obviously.
I’m currently watching the Mike Trout vs. King Felix heavyweight bout after seeing the Miami Marlins (blerg, I still can’t get used to that) cream Captain Tulo and his Mile High Men. Jose Fernandez looked really nice in the first game, and Trout went deep in his first at-bat, so it looks like baseball is safe for the year.
I got several trades in recently that I’ve been meaning to post about, mainly because of that card to the right. If you follow my blog already, you might know why it’s important. If not, you may be wondering what this five cent common from ’89 Topps means, and the answer to that is simply two words: COMPLETED SET!
Thanks to Richard of the aptly named Toronto Blue Jays Collection, I can now call 1989 my first-ever compiled set.
Richard also sent along some other goodies, including all of the Blue Jays I still needed for the ’84 Topps set I’m assembling. These two are my favorites, mainly for their idiosyncrasies. Young George Bell is still listed as Jorge, and can we talk about the majestic facial hair difference going on between Jim Clancy’s action photo and inset?
He sent along some Astros I needed as well. I’ve got to post the Nolan Ryan, and seeing as how it’s one week shy of thirty years since Dickie Thon’s promising, potential HOF career was altered by a pitch to the face, let’s post this great 1986 Topps of him.
Two more trades came in from Ethan at Playing With My Cards and Gavin of Baseball Card Breakdown. I love surprise trades, because cards like this, which would probably be super-boring for most people, pop up when you are a team collector. This is an insert from Pacific Prism, and it wasn’t tied to the Astros master list yet on TCDB, so I had no idea it existed.
Maybe this was shot in Spring Training, but that’s definitely not a photo from the Astrodome.
Lastly, Gavin sent along these second basemen, one of which has been deservedly forgotten in this town (Kaz, another “big free agent” bust), and the hopeful, pint-sized powerhouse who should have a bright future ahead of him, Jose Altuve.
Thanks for all the cards, gentlemen! Richard, I’ll dig around and find something to send back your way soon.
P.S. It is approximately 4483.66 Altuves from my house to Minute Maid Park. Hopefully I’ll be in the seats sometime soon.