First up, Marcus from All the Way to the Backstop sent me a healthy Griffey stack, but who really came here to see Griffeys? Probly nobody. That's why we're gonna start things off with this.....thing:
It's the eyebrow curl and the off-putting smirk. Was he going for sexy? Did Austin Powers direct this photo shoot? I love Jeff Bagwell and passively collect his cards, but dude. This card is just.....dude.....
The addition of that Bagwell to the trade stack was both hilarious and topical. Studio '13 is rebooting this very design - let's hope the same silliness ensues (come on, big white parrots!).
OK, enough fun. Let's get down to Griffness:
|That's one of the illustrious #855 cards from '08 Upper Deck. It's not one of the short prints, but it is a good-looking card and features one of the last years of really great Upper Deck photography.|
|A 1992 Topps Gold "Winner" and the first year of SP. Great stuff!|
|I can't get enough '89 UD reprints.|
|Metal Universe and a Fleer throwback design.|
|Another early SP card and it's die-cut parallel, and an awesome SuperGriffey comic card. |
And as a child of the 90's, I still love David Justice and think he can do no wrong.
|Phew! That was a lot of Griffeys.|
|A bunch from "The Griffey Years" die-cut set. Didn't these come from a restauarant or in a product of some kind?|
|And finally, some Chiz-uck. This card features a great shot of the south Louisiana native stickin' it to some poor batter.|
Thanks a bunch, Marcus. Marcus loves the Padres and Tony Gwynn. Go read his blog - it's one of the good ones! And when you're done, send him your autographed Tony Gwynn 1/1 patch cards.
Matt from Red Cardboard also sent me some excellent examples of Griffeytude. This mention is coming super late as I had lost the scan I made of Matt's trade cards and had to e-mail him to get a reminder of what he sent me:
|This has been a very SP-heavy trade day. That Topps Highlights card showing the sweet post-swing moment of Junior's 600th dinger is a favorite of mine, and I'm very nearly finished assembling the massive Griffey Circuit Victory set.|
Matt's a huge Reds fan and a swell fellow. He informed me also that he has a much more substantial stack en route, so I'm preparing myself emotionally for that. Go peep his blog! It's fun and a little snarky, just how I like 'em.
Zenus, purveyor of The Prowling Cat, sent me a box containing some very unique Griffey items:
|I love these old Starting Lineup figures. This one is unique as it has a wall - Griffey is robbing somebody of a homerun. I hope it's Barry Bonds.|
|Pocket schedules! I never knew these were so awesome. They kind of make more sense to collect than baseball cards if you think about it. What an awesome surprise.|
Zenus wants your pocket schedules! You never know what you're going to see on his blog - he collect lots of different things: Nascar, Team business cards, Justin Smoak. The guy is all over the place!
I'll be sending him a stack of New Orleans Zephyrs pocket schedules I got from the dry cleaners near my house as well as whatever cards of players he collects I may have and pretty much anything Nascar-related I can find. Thanks, Z!
Josh from Royals and Randoms posted recently about an amazing Craigslist find: uncut sheets of Mother's Cookies cards. I saw them and immediately posted how much I wanted to own them, then proceeded to forget I did that. Josh went out of his way to contact me and get my address to send me this amazing sheet: