I’m all about picking up cheap cards, and I am most certainly about helping out kids in need, so this was a truly fantastic combination. It was simple: pay a flat shipping fee ($3 I think) and then every card you claimed was a dime. I made out with a couple dozen new Astros cards for my collection. This 2017 Allen & Ginter (a high number!) was the only new Bagwell for my collection.
I made out like a bandit when it came to Craig Biggio cards, though. I think 10 of the cards I nabbed were new Biggios for my collection. Here’s a couple Studio cards. The switch from Donruss to Leaf and back in the naming really threw me for a loop as a kid. I hadn’t really noticed it until this post, but ’96 Studio is sort of a modern riff on ’54 Topps – name and logo at the top, large portrait, small action shot. I don’t understand the ’97 set, though – what’s with the prison bars intersecting Craig’s body?
Double dippin’ Biggio from one of the Sports Illustrated sets Fleer put out. These sets were one of the greatest release ideas of the ’90s. Hey, you know what we should do? Partner with Sports Illustrated and release a set that features their awesome photogaphy. BOOM. Perfect.
A new pair of 2000 Biggios. I really like both of these cards. The Opening Day checklist and photo choices were finalized before the new uniforms, so Biggio gets the older uni with the mismatched new logo here. I think I particularly like it, however, because his flagship card in 2000 is just a portrait shot in Series 2. The 2000 Ultra set is one I hadn’t seen much of, but I acquired several of the Astros recently. It’s a pretty darn good one, and that’s a great shot of Craig in the field.
More Biggios! Some post-2000 stuff, entering the era of worst uniforms in club history. Fortunately neither of these depicts Craig in pinstripes. Topps Total needs to make a comeback.
Bigggggggios. I promise this is the last pair.
Tbere was even some new Heritage in the mix! I’m really hoping I can get Yuli to sign a copy of this one, I think it’s a great card.
Happy 4th of August! Ok, so I’m a month late – sue me. I just had to include this smiling Raul Chavez card from 2002 Studio, a set that was really getting its ‘Murica on in our new post 9-11 world, however.
I hope you have as great a day today as Raul was having on picture day in 2002.