Nope. This weekend there was something extra in the air. It was like the perfect storm. A combination of everything coming together at once.
The bottom line is... there are so many things I miss. I miss going to Target... people watching... standing in front of the card aisle... and walking around trying to reach 10k steps. I miss going down to Vegas, hanging out with my father, and waking up to the smell of his delicious fried rice. I miss getting a haircut. I miss looking for deals at the flea market. I miss teaching my students in a classroom. And I miss seeing my nieces in Portland.
I was suppose to fly up there in April, but obviously those plans were cancelled. Sadly... I have no idea when I'll be returning... which totally sucks... because it's one of my favorite places to visit and relax.
It's also where a few card bloggers live. I've had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with Rod over at Padrographs last summer. He's become quite famous lately for his daily giveaways, but I've had the pleasure of knowing him for a few years.
Last week, he sent me another padded envelope with a 50ct. slide box filled with Rickey Hendersons, some 90's A's, and a small stack of Pro Set Super Stars MusiCards. Here are a few of my favorites...
1993 Topps Gold #750
1993 Score Select #106
Rickey dominated this box. These two 1993's really stood out, because I love a nice parallel and a well cropped action shot.
1991 Pro Set MusiCards #110
Yup. Loved me some BBD back in the day. Actually... I was an even bigger fan of New Edition. But seeing this specific card brought back memories from when my friends and I saw the trio at KMEL's Summer Jam back in 1990.
1997 Pacific Crown Collection #169
It's always nice to stumble across a design I don't remember seeing before. It's even nicer when it features a spectacular action shot like this one.
Thanks Rod for yet another generous care package. Looking forward to the day when I'm able to visit your bookstore again and talk baseball cards. Actually... it'd be even cooler if we could hit up a baseball game. Maybe Gavin (Baseball Card Breakdown) and Kerry (Cards on Cards) can join us.
Speaking of Kerry, he also shipped me a padded envelope filled with A's cards...
Kerry and I exchanged addresses last month. He was the first to ship... and boy did he hook me up with a bunch of cool cards.
I'll start off by showing my favorite base card of 2020 so far. My goal is to fill a nine-pocket page of this card. Rod sent me two a while back and this one makes three.
2019 Big League Gold #238
Here's another great action shot of Laureano. This time it's a gold parallel of his rookie card. If you're bored, I encourage you to check out some of his highlight reels on YouTube.
1997 Pinnacle X-Press Men of Summer #143
Another card I don't remember seeing before. This time it's a parallel from a product I probably didn't open too much of. I'm excited to add this to my Big Mac collection.
2019 Topps Opening Day #ODB-OA
2020 Topps Opening Day #OD-8
Topps might produce a lot of boring "filler" inserts... but if you look hard enough you can find some hidden gems like these two Opening Day cards. Both of these feature some fantastic photography.
2018 Chrome Pink Refractor #64
2018 Optic Pink #91
2020 Donruss Pink #212
I'll round out this post with these three pink cards in a nod to all of the mother's out there... even though I can't remember my mom ever wearing pink or saying she liked pink. Wait. She did love cherry blossoms. I miss you Mom.
Thanks Kerry for this awesome care package. Hopefully we'll get the chance to meet up and talk cards in person some day. In the meantime, I'll start digging through boxes looking for some Cardinals and Blazers to ship your way.
Happy Monday everyone and sayonara!
This Covid-19 situation sucks... but one of the best things to come out of it are retired card bloggers returning to the keyboard and the welcome addition of new card blogs. Jongudmund has been commenting on card blogs for years and now he's started his very own blog:
It's a blog dedicated to Tony Gwynn and 394 of his baseball cards. I hope all of you will head over there and check it out. And after that... head over to Cards on Cards too. He's hosting a box break of 2019 Topps "Topps of the Class" and offering up free spots.