Today's post also covers some cards acquired at a card show. Only there's one little twist. They weren't purchased by me. They were purchased by Dennis over at Too Many Verlanders and sent to me in a care package last week.
Let's kick things off with my favorite card in the package:
2007 Konami Baseball Heroes 3 #C07S037
Tanaka has looked awesome this post season for The Evil Empire. One of the things I love about this card is that he's not pictured in Yankee Pinstripes. This card appears to be one of Tanaka's first trading cards. It'll go nicely with some cards Julie sent me a few months ago.
In addition to this Tanaka, Dennis also hooked me up with a bunch of cool cards for my Japanese PC:
2015 Donruss Signature Series #60
2008 Upper Deck Signatures #UDA-KI
I'm always happy to add new autographs to this collection. Love Igawa's signature.
2005 Fleer National Pasttime Historical Record #1
This insert card celebrates Ichiro breaking George Sisler's single season hit record back in 2004. It's hard to see, but it's actually serial numbered on the back to 2004.
Dennis hooked me up with a few Hideo Nomos. I don't think I've ever seen these two Sports Illustrated cards above. But my favorite Nomo in the package was this card:
1995 Select Certified Certified Future #3
Back in 1995, Select Certified was considered a premium product, which meant that I didn't have the opportunity to open up a lot of this stuff. Nomo had several cards in this product and now I have one less card to chase down.
There weren't just Japanese players in this care package. Dennis also hooked me up with some Oakland A's cards and the greatest San Diego Padre that ever played...
Brent Gates is a nice blast from the past. He had a couple of promising seasons early in his career with the A's. Not sure what happened to him, but I'm pretty sure this is my first autograph of his.
2016 Donruss Stat Line Career #184
1993 Upper Deck Diamond Gallery #17
And rounding out the care package were two new additions to my Damaged Card PC:
2007 Topps Moments and Milestones #45-30
I normally dislike this product... but I absolutely love this card. The damage is pretty obvious on this one.
It's a little harder to see the damage from the scans on the next card...
1993 Upper Deck #449
But if you look at the scan close enough... it kinda looks like snow falling on Jeter. That's because there's some chipping taking place... most likely due to cards sticking together. This will definitely make the Damaged Card Hall of Fame.
Well that's it for today.
Thanks Dennis for this very generous care package. I have a few Tigers set aside for you. I'll have to dig through my hockey and football rookie cards to see if I have any Michigan alumni that I can send your way.
Happy Monday and sayonara!