Another round of cards from around the blogosphere.
First up are 2 nice Masterpieces relics from Cardsplitter, from The Call of Cardboard, who was just supposed to be sending a few Goodwins for my want list, but snuck these 2 in as a bonus.
Oh, along with the relics and much-needed Goodwins, I also found this awesomeness:
This is the same Kevin Brown card, complete with follicle embellishments, that Play at the Plate has posted HERE. Is this card being passed around the blogosphere? I vaguely recall reading something about that somewhere, but do not recall if this is the card or not. If it isn’t, it is now. Be on the lookout for Kevin Brown and his 18th century facial hair, lurking in a bubble mailer near you.
Next up we have some cards courtesy of Dgreen1899 from Drinking The Orange Kool-Aid. Trading with another Orioles collector sounds like it may be a bit tricky in theory, but if it weren’t for both of us being extremely lazy, this would have been one of the most effortless trades ever.
This first card gives me the impression that Dgreen really wanted to Bip me. Am I just paranoid? Apparently he was upset about my ’87 Topps want list, which can be viewed HERE.
This is the second hilariously awesome Jonathan Ogden rookie card I’ve been sent in trade. He looks like he’s about to crush that football like an empty Boh can.
Starting with the card pictured above, Dgreen really brings the shiny. Unlike some bloggers out there, I do not hate rainbow foil. Mock me if you wish, but it just plain looks cool, and really catches the eye. Besides, it’s as close as anyone else has come to making a parallel that looks as good as Topps’ refractors do.
I like patch cards, and this one has three colors. Mason will be back for yet another season with the Ravens, and since the Anquan Boldin acquisition, no longer has to shoulder the WR load in Baltimore. Derrick Mason in the slot gives me the chills. Just like old times, when he used to burn the Ravens twice a season, before the NFL re-aligned and took the Titans rivalry away.
At first this card confused me. You see, Forbes Field is in Pittsburgh (ewwww), and not Baltimore, which would initially explain my bewilderment. I don’t have this card in front of me right now, and cannot read the back, but since this card is commemorating Brooks’ 1970 World Series MVP Award, it makes absolutely no sense. The 1970 World Series pitted the Baltimore Orioles against Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine. Last time I checked, the Reds don’t play in Pittsburgh. It’s still really cool to have a piece of a ballpark as historic as Forbes Field, but I am definitely missing the 1970 Forbes-Brooks connection, if there is one.
One half of the mighty pitching Martinez brothers. Dennis may have gotten the recognition, but Tippy definitely has the better name. I’ve been on a bit of a Topps Retired kick lately, so this is a welcome addition to the Orioles autograph collection.
Wow, this card is crazy. I can taste colors by just looking at it. How can you hate on rainbow foilboard,AND gold leaf foil together in perfect harmony?
I’m running out of witty banter here. There’s not much to say about this card really, except that it scanned pretty well, and the purple haze background reminds me of my first apartment. Lovin’ the double dose of psychedelic Ravens cards.
It’s still weird for me to collect Colts cards. I know they were in Baltimore before skipping town for the flatlands, but I was just a little kid back then, and wasn’t even living in Baltimore. Despite all of that, it still pisses me off that the Colts franchise history, and records, were moved along with the team. How fair is that? Did we take the Browns records? I mean, it’s highly likely Cleveland offered, and we refused, but that’s only because there wasn’t much illustrious history to steal. The fact that Peyton Manning is about to pass Johnny Unitas as the best QB in franchise history makes me sick. Is Joe Flacco chasing Otto Graham’s Browns franchise records? NO! He’s chasing Vinny Testeverde’s records. If Indy gets to claim Unitas, Baltimore officially has dibs on Bernie Kosar.
Lastly, we have a few cards from Joe, of Cobb & Halladay, who over the course of the past 6 months has become one of my favorite trade partners. As usual, Joe sent me a mailer loaded with goodies.
This is my first 2010 relic card of anybody, and honestly, it doesn’t get much better than Cal. Weird that it’s his pants though. Wonder if there’s any ballsweat that can be harvested for DNA cloning? Start my own little shortstop farm.
Not sure if this is a patch, or just a 2-color jersey. There’s definitely some stitching there on the left side of that window, but I’m clueless as to which part of the uniform it might have come from. Since this is a card from 2005, it looks like Miggi is looking over at the umpire, who has just called him out after he lollygagged it to first on an infield grounder. Don’t pull that shit again Tejada.
This photo was taken a few moments prior to the one featured on the above Donruss Threads card. Believe it or not, this was what Tejada looked like running down the first base line after hitting a weak ground ball. I’m going to stop now. Miggi is back in Baltimore and no longer sports #10. Things will be different. Right?
My first Lardarius Webb card! For those of you who have no idea who he is, Mr. Webb was selected in the second round of the 2009 NFL draft by the Ravens (duh), and in limited action this past season, already proved that he is the best cornerback on the roster. My father, just like he does with all long-locked NFL players, simply refers to him as “Miss Clairol”.
Last card! Last card! This has to be the first game used relic card of Koji ever made. I don’t know for sure, but I’d never heard of him in 2006, despite the first WBC having been played that year. See that hair there on the bottom of the card? That’s either a DNA bonus, or I need to clean my scanner bed.