Yesterday, I opened up a PWE from Sport Card Collectors, quickly downshifted, and slowed things down, so I could appreciate and soak in the knowledge that each card had to offer.
Like a barracuda attracted to shiny objects, I was immediately drawn to lustrous gold parallel of Yoenis Cespedes:
2014 Topps Archives Gold #110 (#'d 003/199)
In addition to it's beautiful shine, I was also drawn to the card's design. With each passing year, I enjoy the 1986 Topps baseball card design more and more.
It's one of the first sets I attempted to build when I was younger.
The red and black card back design was embedded into my brain after countless hours of sorting these cards. Back then, I actually would take the time to read the Talking Baseball box featured on some of the younger players in the set.
Upon closer inspection... this particular card took me back to the 1988 World Series when Canseco hit a grand slam early in the game. Unfortunately this memory is often buried by the fact that Kirk Gibson hit one of the most memorable home runs in World Series history.
2018 Topps Heritage Baseball Flashbacks #BF-RJ
Next up is a new Reggie Jackson card for my binder. He looks so young in this photo. Collecting in the 80's, I'm more used to seeing him when he was in his mid 30's to early 40's.
Upon closer inspection... I learned that Reggie peaked early. I never knew his 47 home runs in 1969 were a career high. Had to check Baseball Reference to verify and sure enough... it's true. In fact, can you believe that he only had two seasons with 40 or more home runs?
2015 Topps Opening Day Stadium Scenes #STA-JF
Upon closer inspection... I was disappointed that Doolittle's name isn't mentioned anywhere on this card. Heck... there's a chance this isn't Doolittle. What I do know is that the photograph was taken by Jordyn Fernandez.
2018 Topps Heritage Then and Now #TN-15
Sport Card Collectors is now four for four. No dupes so far. This card will be added to my Hunter PC.
Upon closer inspection... I learned that Sam McDowell was probably better suited for this card instead of Catfish. But I'm not complaining. If this had been a McDowell/Sale combo card, it wouldn't be residing in my collection.
2018 Topps Opening Day MLB Opening Day #OD-24
This Davis is the first dupe in the PWE. That's okay though. One of my graduating 8th graders is a die-hard Athletics fan. I'm gonna pass it off to him.
Upon closer inspection... I learned that there are only two players to hit more than one home run on Opening Day for the Oakland Athletics. It took about 15 minutes of doing research, but I finally figured out that Jason Giambi is the other guy.
Last... but not least:
2014 Topps Update Target Red #US-75
By the time Punto arrived in Oakland, his best years were behind him. In fact, his tenure with the Athletics was kind of a blur to me.
I remember him being on the team, but can't remember any specific highlights.
However upon closer inspection to the front of Punto's jersey, there's a small patch I had never seen before.
But through a little research, I discovered it's the logo for Step Up to Cancer which is a charitable program.
Happy Saturday and sayonara!