My last post showed off a seven month old package from our pal Gavin at Baseball Card Breakdown. I’m happy to report that this package only dates back three months. That doesn’t make my tardiness any better, but this post will mean that I’ve caught up on posts with yet another blogger. I’d sent him another stack of cards in February, and by mid-March he’d fired back with a matching pile which included all of these great cards.
First up was this rad Doug Drabek All-Star insert from 1995 Fleer. This is definitely one of the best things about ’95 Fleer, except for the fact that my NL guys got stuck on the back of the cards, so all that extraneous text gets in the way of the photo. Mike Mussina is on the reverse here.
It’s Lima Time Time! Look at that gloriously happy man. We miss you José. Gavin also sent over an Oswalt rookie! What a pair.
Of course, anyone who’s read Gavin’s blog knows his love for the Topps Retired Signature series. This awesome José Cruz card comes from the 2003 set. The design mimics 2003 Topps, which I think is one of the better modern sets they have released. While we’re on the subject of club legends, Gavin found me a Nolan Ryan from 2016 Diamond Kings as well.
Teoscarrrrrrr! I miss you Teoscar. He was fun to watch, but got crowded out of the outfield here. He’s had himself a pretty productive season in Toronto though, and has been a nice pickup for my fantasy team. These shiny parallels were a real nice surprise.
Tyler just got called back up to the big club for the first time this season, after Reymin Guduan went on paternity leave. It’ll be interesting to see if the Astros stick with a 7-man bullpen for a bit or if White will be shuttled back to AAA. I’m not a huge fan of those sepia parallels, but at least I can take solace in the fact that it looks nicer in hand. The pink Optic, however, is fabulous.
Thanks again for a stellar trade Gavin!