Unfortunately... mine hasn't gotten off to a very good start. On Friday... with less than ten minutes left in my final period... one of my students revealed a key spoiler in the latest Star Wars film. In short... I wasn't amused.
Then yesterday, I woke up with a sore throat and a stuffy nose. Hopefully it's nothing a little Vitamin C and some hot tea can't fix. Although... I've already missed two holiday parties I planned on attending.
The good news is my body could use the rest... and the past two days I was able to catch up on Elementary, The Blacklist, Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., plus watch small tidbits of the Packers and Seahawks' games.
I also had the opportunity to finally open up a few packages that were sitting in my office from fellow bloggers. Tonight... I'll be showing off a nice stack of Oakland A's cards that were sent to me from Julie over at A Cracked Bat.
First up is this beautiful manufactured patch card of Big Mac:
2003 Sweet Spot Classics Patch Card #PMC1
This card is exactly how I prefer my pizza crust... THICK. Speaking of thick... I was really excited to find these two packs of 1987 Sportflics waiting to be busted:
Upper Deck often gets credited as the industry's first high end trading card. But actually... Sportflics were my first experience in opening up expensive packs of baseball cards. If I remember correctly... they were almost twice as expensive as a pack of Topps and you only received three cards per pack.
Julie also threw in a bunch of Reggie Jackson cards featuring him as an Athletic:
Not gonna lie. I have mixed feelings towards Reggie, because of the time he spent with the Yankees. But I'm glad that card companies recognize his two stints with the A's. I especially like how Topps managed to capture most of Jackson's swing in that Topps 60 insert card.
Another former Athletic who spent some time in New York wearing pinstripes is Jason Giambi:
1993 Stadium Club Murphy #200
Although this isn't his true rookie card, I'm pretty sure it's one of Giambi's first cards where he's featured in his Oakland uniform. My buddies and I had a lot of fun watching him launch home runs back in the late 90's and early 2000's. Sitting at my desk... holding this card... helped me relive some of those good times.
Thanks Julie for the awesome package of cards. I hope you and your family enjoy a safe holiday season.
Happy Sunday and sayonara!