Adventures At A Postcard Show

About a month ago I found out about a postcard show that would be happening in a town that’s just close enough to be within “What the heck” driving limits. Now I don’t collect postcards, but I thought it might be fun to see what a show was like and I figured I was bound to find something I liked, so I devoted part of this past Saturday afternoon to the quest.

When I walked into the show, it was simultaneously familiar and strange. Like a sports collectibles show, there were numerous folding tables covered with boxes… but that’s where the familiarity ended. I walked up to one of the tables and realized I had no idea of where to start.

After wandering around a while, I found out that most of the dealers had their inventory in two major categories: Location (i.e. “Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ”) and Topic. For the most part, “Topic” is what I focused on. Topics included all sorts of subjects like Flowers, Holidays, Toys, Fire Trucks, Cats, Jokes, Nudes, Celebrities, Restaurants, Presidents, Lighthouses and so forth.

As you would expect, I started out looking for baseball-related postcards. Most of the dealers had cards which featured players – the yellow-bordered Baseball Hall Of Fame postcards were pretty common across the show. There were also a fair number of mid-1980’s TCMA postcards of Mets and Yankees, but I didn’t need any of the Mets and I didn’t want any of the Yankees (I did consider a Willie Randolph postcard, but it was a little more than I’d wanted to spend).

There were also postcards featuring ballparks, but I didn’t see any that I wanted.

About halfway through my time at the show… more or less coinciding with the point where my eyes stopped glazing over… I realized that there were other things I could be looking for.

First off was postcards of Long Island, NY… the “stomping grounds” for much of my first 30 years. I couldn’t resist buying this postcard of Roslyn, a town which isn’t terribly far from the Queens border…

…I’ve yet to figure out when this postcard is from, but I’m pretty confident that Rosyln has never looked even remotely like this during my 52 years on this Earth.

The second potential Topic was the 1964 New York World’s Fair… Not so much the fair itself but some of the structures which have fascinated me since I was a child and looking at them passing by while we drove on the Grand Central Parkway on the way to visit family.  For instance, I’ve always loved the Unisphere (as depicted on this Topps Heritage card)…

…but there’s also the Port Authority heliport (currently Terrace On The Park) and the New York State Pavilion (part of which was the “escape vehicle” in the movie “Men In Black”). Unfortunately most of the Worlds Fair postcards I found were of pavilions which didn’t remain after the end of the World’s Fair.

I also found some dealers with “Winter Sports” sections, which I scanned for hockey and curling postcards. I came up empty on curling, but I did find a couple of interesting WHA postcards, but they were kind of expensive, featured players I didn’t know and they didn’t really fit into my collection other than being “neat”.

So what did I buy, other than the Roslyn postcard I already showed you?

Well, I found one dealer who had Cleveland Indians postcards from 1974 and 1975. I bought these two because I really like the uniforms of the time… I started following baseball in 1974 so in my mind the uniforms the Indians wore at that time are the best Indians uniforms ever… Especially the red jerseys.

I was mildly surprised to find out that the Trading Card DB had information on these postcards, but I’m learning that I shouldn’t doubt the mighty tradingcarddb.com. This Jackie Brown postcard and the following postcard are both from the 1975 Cleveland Indians Update set, which also features the “rookie postcard” of Dennis Eckersley. Not surprisingly, I didn’t run across Eck in this box of $1 postcards.

Even if it weren’t for the uniforms, I just love this postcard of pitcher Eric Raich (who I just barely remembered from his 1976 and 1977 Topps cards)…

It’s got a Norman Rockwell-ish vibe about it, especially with the youth of Ohio in the background (Boys who are clearly interested in players who are not Eric Raich… Maybe he’d already signed for them).

One last Indians postcaard, this one from the 1974 team-issued set and featuring George Hendrick:

The final postcard I bought was this 1971 New York Yankees postcard which fills a spot in my modest Fritz Peterson collection.

This is from the 1971 New York Yankees Clinic Day postcard set, and the back features more information than the others, so I’ll share the back from this one:

…actually this gives me opportunity to mention something I thought was interesting… you can see in the upper right that there’s a price and some form of identifying number written there in pencil (more lightly than it looks in my scan).  If one did this on a baseball card, you’ve just shot the value to hell, but apparently it’s not completely out of the question in postcard circles, although you’d think they wouldn’t do it on the really valuable ones.

On the whole, the postcard show was fun. It was *different*. I have not been drawn into the world of postcard collecting as a result, but I’ll strongly consider going to this show when it rolls around again next November. At least then I’d have a better idea of what I’m looking for.

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Custom Card Sunday: Going Non-Sports With Two Cars And A Truck

I don’t often publish non-sport customs, but it’s been known to happen. Several factors have recently combined to inspire me to make a few customs in a genre which has a small but valued part in my collection – automotive cards.

There are some new vehicles on the road which have caught my eye, and… well, I’ll be frank about it…  with me starting my 7th year of blogging, I’m less likely to worry about how many people will be interested in something I post.

So, anyway… I’ve been playing with customs like this for several years now, mostly for my own enjoyment  I like the latest batch enough that I figured I’d throw them out here and see if anyone else likes them.  I could be persuaded to post more if there’s any interest.

This first custom is based on a truck that manages to be sexy, but I have to admit, it looks a lot nicer in person than in photos… That’s the International LoneStar.  I saw one of these a couple of years ago and it made me want to get my CDL and become a truck driver.

I haven’t seen very many of these in my part of the country, but I could see these being used by someone who is hauling equipment for a concert or race team… something where you want to be flashy while hauling stuff.

I’ve owned six cars over the past 32 years, and they divide equally into two periods:  Before and after “The 5th Door”.  However, I also like driving cars – I’ve never felt comfortable sitting up high – so my 5th door isn’t on a SUV, crossover or minivan.  I like the very things which are anathema to Americans:  Wagons and hatchbacks.

Anytime I see a new vehicle that fits into these two categories, I always check it out even if it’s beyond my financial capabilities… Such as this beauty…

“Sportbrake” is a variation of “Shooting Brake”;  It’s hard to find a decent 21st century definition of what a Shooting Brake is, but in my mind it’s “a sports coupe or sedan with cargo space in the back”.

This final one was actually the first one I did, and if I continue with this series it’s one I’m likely to re-do.  I saw an Alfa Romeo Giulia in a parking lot a couple of weeks ago, and it made me silently thank the people at Alfa Romeo for making the decision to enter the U.S. car market again.

Now that I’ve finished this first batch of customs, it sort of re-emphasizes what made me want to make them in the first place… If a set like this popped up in the card aisle at Target, I’d definitely buy at least a blaster and could see myself chasing a set. (Hint, hint, Topps, Panini and Upper Deck)

Maybe These Will Help Me Keep A Schedule

Another day with nothing prepared…  Business as usual for me.  I went poking through some of my scans and ran across a bunch of pocket schedules from the 1980’s and early 1990’s, and figured that could make a quick, fun post.

We’ll start off with the most recent of the bunch, a 1990 Mets pocket schedule featuring Howard Johnson

This next one’s got a bit of history to it, and is about as old-school and low-budget as you get. This schedule is for the AAA American Association Denver Zephyrs in their last season before the Colorado Rockies came in to Mile High and sent the Zephyrs to New Orleans.

Despite the schedule’s red ink, the team’s colors were blue and green, and they played up the “Z” aspect of their branding (Look at the stitching on the baseball in the logo).

The American Association got merged into the Pacific Coast League and International League, and the franchise is now known as the (shudder) New Orleans Baby Cakes.

The Philadelphia Flyers tried to recruit me in 1983/84. I continue to elude the authorities.

That’s Bobby Clarke towards the end of his playing career.

Looking back at Dwight Gooden’s 1985 Cy Young-winning stats is enough to make one say “Holy crap!”

24-4, 1.53 ERA, 16 complete games, 8 shutouts, 268 K’s… and he was 20 years old.

1986 Yankees… BOOOOOOO!  The schedule says “Follow The Leaders”, which looks a bit silly in hindsight given that the 1986 Yankees finished 5.5 games behind the Red Sox, and the 1986 Mets were WORLD CHAMPIONS, BABY!

If you can’t read the fine print, the depicted Yankees are Ricky Henderson, Ron Guidry and Don Mattingly.

This last schedule is a two-in-one 1988/89 New York Rangers and Knicks pocket schedule.  I think the Ranger is James Patrick (Help me out, Blueshirts fans)

The Knick cover boy is Brooklyn product and St. John’s alum Mark Jackson… at least, that’s who wore #13 at the time according to a couple of different sources.  Never having been a basketball fan, I’m only barely aware of the name.

Have a happy Friday, everybody!

Beatles FrankenAlbum: The Wrap-Up

Before I get into last weeks’ track voting and the full rundown of this entire exercise, I thought it would be interesting to list the 36 Beatles songs which weren’t “eligible” for the FrankenAlbums:

Tracks 15, 16 and 17 from two albums: (White Album) Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?, I Will, Julia; (Abbey Road) Carry That Weight, The End, Her Majesty

The 30 songs from singles and “Yellow Submarine” which didn’t factor into the FrankenAlbum concept (excludes single versions, German versions and so forth):
All Together Now, Bad Boy, The Ballad Of John And Yoko, Day Tripper, Don’t Let Me Down, From Me To You, Hey Bulldog, Hey Jude, I Call Your Name, I Feel Fine, I Want To Hold Your Hand, I’ll Get You, I’m Down, The Inner Light, It’s All Too Much, Lady Madonna, Long Tall Sally, Matchbox, Old Brown Shoe, Only a Northern Song, Paperback Writer, Rain, She Loves You, She’s A Woman, Slow Down, Thank You Girl, This Boy, We Can Work It Out, Yes It Is, You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)

So in our 14th and final vote, “Twist And Shout” narrowly edged out “Tomorrow Never Knows”. Here’s the final track listings:

My FrankenAlbum:

  1. Help
  2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
  3. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
  4. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
  5. And I Love Her
  6. I Am The Walrus
  7. Can’t Buy Me Love
  8. Strawberry Fields Forever
  9. You Never Give Me Your Money
  10. Things We Said Today
  11. In My Life
  12. Get Back
  13. A Day In The Life
  14. Twist And Shout

Your FrankenAlbum:

  1. A Hard Day’s Night
  2. Something
  3. I’m Only Sleeping
  4. Medley: Nowhere Man / Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
  5. Medley: And I Love Her / I’ll Follow The Sun / Think For Yourself / Octopus’s Garden
  6. Medley: I Am The Walrus / Let It Be
  7. Here Comes The Sun
  8. Strawberry Fields Forever
  9. Penny Lane
  10. Medley: I’m Looking Through You / I’m So Tired / Lovely Rita / Things We Said Today
  11. In My Life
  12. I’ve Just Seen A Face
  13. A Day In The Life
  14. Twist And Shout

My Favorite Covers FrankenAlbum:

  1. “Come Together” by Aerosmith
  2. “With A Little Help From My Friends” by Joe Cocker
  3. “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” by The Hooters
  4. “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey” by Fats Domino
  5. “Sexy Sadie” by Phish
  6. “Tell Me Why” by The Beach Boys
  7. “She Said She Said” by Gov’t Mule
  8. “Porque (Because)” by Grupo Fantasma
  9. “I’ll Cry Instead” by Billy Joel
  10. “For No One” by Chet Atkins
  11. “Good Morning, Good Morning” by Micky Dolenz
  12. “You Can’t Do That” by The Supremes
  13. “Got To Get You Into My Life” by Earth Wind And Fire
  14. “Don’t Pass Me By” by Ringo Starr

Before I wrap this up completely, I thought it would be fun to share two more lists…

In last week’s post, Bret Allen left a comment featuring his Paul McCartney solo FrankenAlbum, and I found it very interesting because he’s clearly coming at Macca from an entirely different angle than I am. The fact that I stopped actively seeking out McCartney albums after 1983’s “Pipes Of Peace” plays a large role in that. I decided to do my own FrankenAlbum just for Paul (FYI, my John, Ringo & George solo collections are even more spotty than with Paul).

Two things I realized in the process… First, while there are a lot of Macca songs that I “like” or “really like”, I hadn’t realized how relatively few solo Paul songs there are which I flat out LOVE.

Second, Paul albums have “poor collation”… For example, there were several hard decisions involved with track #1, but many of the 7th tracks were either filler or songs by other members of Wings (or both).

OK, enough setting of expectations…. Here is…
My Paul McCartney solo FrankenAlbum:

  1. Band on the Run (Band on the Run)
  2. Temporary Secretary (McCartney II)
  3. Love In Song (Venus And Mars)
  4. Spin It On (Back to the Egg)
  5. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (Ram)
  6. Ballroom Dancing (Tug Of War)
  7. Flaming Pie (Flaming Pie)
  8. Helen Wheels (Band on the Run)
  9. Brown Eyed Handsome Man (Run Devil Run)
  10. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five (Band on the Run)
  11. One Of These Days (McCartney II)
  12. Maybe I’m Amazed (McCartney)

One more list I thought it would be fun to share… This is me making a “Lost” Beatles Album out of my favorite “Not released on an official Beatles record while the band was active” tracks from the various “Anthology” and “BBC” albums)::

  1. Cry For A Shadow
  2. Crying, Waiting, Hoping
  3. I Just Don’t Understand
  4. I’ll Be On My Way
  5. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry
  6. If You’ve Got Trouble
  7. Leave My Kitten Alone
  8. Lonesome Tears In My Eyes
  9. Nothin’ Shakin’ But The Leaves On The Trees
  10. Ooh! My Soul!
  11. Soldier Of Love
  12. Some Other Guy

If I were to instead pick my two favorite of the bunch and make a “lost single”, it would be “Some Other Guy” with “Cry For A Shadow” as the B-side.

And so, in conclusion…

When I started playing with this FrankenAlbum idea, I had a lot of enthusiasm and I gave some thought to other artists I could do it for… Ones who had a manageable number of studio albums, all of which I owned… Led Zeppelin, Simon & Garfunkel, Billy Joel, Talking Heads and The Police leapt to mind… But as is usually the case with any of these projects I started, I made each post longer and more involved until it was difficult to keep up on it, and if I do another one – no promises here – it won’t be for a while.

That being said, I did really enjoy this and I hope you did as well.

Saturday Side Trip: Track #14 From The Beatles FrankenAlbums

…And the white flag is out!

This is the last track for the Beatles “FrankenAlbum”, and this time around we’ve got only 8 tracks vying for that coveted final spot. We’ve run out of tracks on A Hard Day’s Night, Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour, Disk 2 of the White Album and Let It Be.

Just a reminder that there will be one final Beatle post next Saturday to review this week’s voting and run through a couple of other Beatle-related lists of my devising.

As with previous weeks we’ve got other features and images from the 1993 River Group “The Beatles Collection” card set… like this one:

Recapping the voting from last week… “A Day In The Life” posted an overwhelming win

Here’s where we stand after thirteen tracks:

My FrankenAlbum:

  1. Help
  2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
  3. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
  4. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
  5. And I Love Her
  6. I Am The Walrus
  7. Can’t Buy Me Love
  8. Strawberry Fields Forever
  9. You Never Give Me Your Money
  10. Things We Said Today
  11. In My Life
  12. Get Back
  13. A Day In The Life

Your FrankenAlbum:

  1. A Hard Day’s Night
  2. Something
  3. I’m Only Sleeping
  4. Medley: Nowhere Man / Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
  5. Medley: And I Love Her / I’ll Follow The Sun / Think For Yourself / Octopus’s Garden
  6. Medley: I Am The Walrus / Let It Be
  7. Here Comes The Sun
  8. Strawberry Fields Forever
  9. Penny Lane
  10. Medley: I’m Looking Through You / I’m So Tired / Lovely Rita / Things We Said Today
  11. In My Life
  12. I’ve Just Seen A Face
  13. A Day In The Life

My Favorite Covers FrankenAlbum:

  1. “Come Together” by Aerosmith
  2. “With A Little Help From My Friends” by Joe Cocker
  3. “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” by The Hooters
  4. “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey” by Fats Domino
  5. “Sexy Sadie” by Phish
  6. “Tell Me Why” by The Beach Boys
  7. “She Said She Said” by Gov’t Mule
  8. “Porque (Because)” by Grupo Fantasma
  9. “I’ll Cry Instead” by Billy Joel
  10. “For No One” by Chet Atkins
  11. “Good Morning, Good Morning” by Micky Dolenz
  12. “You Can’t Do That” by The Supremes
  13. “Got To Get You Into My Life” by Earth Wind And Fire

If you want to see the prior posts, you can click on the “Beatles FrankenAlbum” link at the bottom of this post.

OK, let’s get to it…

“Golden Slumbers” (Abbey Road) vs. “Money” (With The Beatles)
If not for the rule of following the official track listings, the combination of Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight and The End would be formidable… but as it is, the dividing line between “Golden Slumbers” and “Carry That Weight” is pretty well arbitrary, so I can’t really go in that direction for a chunk of a track.
WINNER: “Money”

“Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby” (Beatles For Sale) vs. “Don’t Pass Me By” (White Album Disc 1)
These 14 posts make it seem like I hate Ringo… I’ll admit he’s not my favorite Beatle, but for me many of his tracks are enjoyable but generally not outstanding.
WINNER: “Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby”

“Dizzy Miss Lizzy” (Help) vs. “Run For Your Life” (Rubber Soul)
I feel guilty for liking “Run For Your Life” because it’s quite a nasty and misogynistic song. If I remember correctly, even John Lennon came to regret writing it… but it’s a damn catchy song.
WINNER: “Run For Your Life”

“Twist And Shout” (Please Please Me) vs. “Tomorrow Never Knows” (Revolver)
Yikes… This is one of the hardest matchups in the whole shebang. “Twist And Shout” is so iconic and such a perfect end to any album; “Tomorrow Never Knows” is so ground-breaking and awesome… I’m grasping for anything I can latch on to, so I’ll go with the fact that Ferris Bueller didn’t lip synch to “Tomorrow Never Knows” on a parade float.
WINNER: “Twist And Shout”

SEMI-FINALS
“Twist And Shout” over “Money”
“Run For Your Life” over “Everybody Wants To Be My Baby”

CHAMPION
For the first and only time, I’ve got a cover version as the FrankenAlbum track: “Twist And Shout”

Cover Version

This is a bit problematic because out of this week’s eight songs, four are the Beatles covering other artists so I won’t include those songs. That leaves “Run For Your Life”, “Tomorrow Never Knows”, “Don’t Pass Me By” and “Golden Slumbers”. There are good cover versions of “Tomorrow Never Knows” by The Mission (UK) and also by David Lee Roth, but they don’t stray terribly far from the original. All of the covers I know of “Golden Slumbers” are a bit too sappy for my taste. Nobody covered “Run For Your Life” other than Nancy Sinatra and Gary Lewis And The Playboys, and I am not going to go there… Suffice to say, if Nancy’s last name was “Schwartzbaum”, we wouldn’t even be talking about her right now.

I don’t like to do this because one could debate whether it’s a cover when it’s Ringo doing his own Beatles song, but it’s the most interesting version of any of these four songs… and I feel like the Ringo fans should get a little bit of love for me. So… I’m going with “Don’t Pass Me By” from Ringo’s recently-released “Give More Love” album.

To make up for it, here’s The Flying Lizards’ version of “Money (That’s What I Want)”, which was a favorite on The Doctor Demento Show.   For some reason, I used to picture the vocalist as being  a Yoko-ish Japanese woman.


And now, one last time, head to the polls and vote!

Jiminy! Cricket!

A couple of months ago at work, several of us got to talking about the binder full of Pokemon cards that so many kids have. One teammate mentioned her own son’s Pokemon binder and went on to say that when she was a kid in India in the 1980’s, everybody collected WWF and Cricket cards.

Now two thoughts crossed my mind at that moment… The first was about the fact that WWF was popular enough in India to have cards, at least in the 1980’s. I have to say, I have several friends who grew up in different countries and it often surprises me (and sometimes pains me) to hear about some of the pop culture exports which came out of the USA.

The second thought was this: “There’s such a thing as Cricket cards? OOH! WANT SOME!”

The first thing I did when I got home was sign on to COMC and search on “Cricket”. Most of what I found were tobacco cards featuring portraits which could’ve been from any sport.

After some searching I found some Australian Topps Cricket cards from the 2002 Topps ACB Gold Cricket set. Since the Cricketers involved meant absolutely nothing to me, I picked out three based on the action shots.

Since I don’t know anything about the Cricketers or teams, and I don’t have any time to research them, you’ll have to make do with scans of the front and backs…

I don’t currently see myself buying any more Cricket cards in the near future, not unless I run across some which are, for whatever reason, irresistible… but I’m happy to add these to my “Misc. Sports” binder.

But they’re actually not the first Cricket-related cards I owned.  I have this card of W.G. Grace from the 1969 Brooke Bond Tea “Famous People” set.

Grace was, from what I’ve gathered, somewhat equivalent to Babe Ruth in terms of ability and importance… but this card wasn’t meant for a “Cricket” part of my collection, but rather as a sort of “Monty Python Reference” collection… Specifically in this sketch where Grace appears briefly as part of a Terry Gilliam cartoon (at 1:45 if you don’t want to watch the entire sketch):

 

 

Because Nobody (But Me) Would Buy “Heritage Rookies, Relievers And Bench Guys”

I like Topps Heritage High Numbers, but we’ve long ago established that I march to the beat of a different drummer.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve come to actually look forward to Heritage High Numbers coming out… and it’s not because of the hyped rookies.  Instead, it’s about the guys who play significant roles on each team but disappear from sets after their rookie card.  I’ll admit that my enthusiasm for this set would be lessened if I actually liked the Topps designs of the past couple of years, because then I would be buying Topps Update, which provides many of the same players.

It took a while for these cards to show up in Shlabotsylvania, but I finally had a chance to buy a blaster at Target last week, and I thought I’d share the highlights from my perspective.

I got a pair of recently-retired pitchers… OK, this isn’t a highlight, but it amused me to pull cards of guys who hung it up days ago.

Carlos Carrasco is about as close to non-rookie star power as you’ll get in High Numbers.

I got a pair of inserts for Ryan Zimmerman, someone I collect.

Second-generation player Delino DeShields… It seems like there are a lot of “Juniors” and other sons coming our way.  In the minors right now we have Vlad Guerrero Jr., Fernando Tatis Jr and Bo Bichette (son of Dante).  I’m sure I’m missing a couple more.

I was very pleased to pull a “Game” insert of Mets rookie and Baseball Card Breakdown favorite (on account of his Gavinosity), Gavin Cecchini.

I got the awesomely-named Jett Bandy… and his card reminds me of some of the controversy regarding whether backgrounds have been photoshopped into some of these photos.  Yeah, there seem to have been a lot of days with bright blue skies and puffy clouds, but as long as it’s done reasonably well, I don’t have a problem with it.

This real Jett Bandy card makes my quickie “Cheap Seats” custom somewhat superfluous, but it’s all good.

I also got cards of these guys with awesome names: Magneuris Sierra and Yangervis Solarte

A pair of pitchers named Albers who, somewhat surprisingly, aren’t related.

Andrew Albers has played for three MLB teams, none of them being the Braves (although he did pitch for the AAA Gwinnett Braves)

On top of the above Game insert, I also got four Mets, including the Steven Matz SP… But not a single Oriole.  See, CommishBob!  It’s not just you.

…I finally get a new card of Mike Montgomery, someone who has been represented in my current rosters binder by a six-year-old Bowman “Topps 100” insert.

Mike Montgomery appeared in 49 games last year and his only card for the entire year was a Topps Now card because he got a World Series save.  Even now, he’s probably only in this set because he’s a Cubs reliever.

These “Rookie Performer” inserts aren’t bad, but I don’t feel like they fit in with this year’s Heritage design.

Here’s unlikely postseason batting hero Archie Bradley

Like the Rookie Performers inserts, the Award Winners don’t really fit the Heritage theme… but this one seems like it would go better with the “Retro Original” inserts in 2017 Archives.

Ben Revere is another player I like to pull from packs like these… I realize that he’s not as good as he was when he lead the league in hits, but he’s still better than other players who do get cardboard.  It’s a bit hard to believe he’s already on his third team since being traded by the Phillies in 2015.

…and because you were all waiting with bated breath to find out… I DID pull a Cody Bellinger rookie card, so now I don’t have to worry about where my next car payment is coming from.

…And maybe someday I’ll learn to call him “Cody” instead of “Clay” without thinking about it first.

So those are the highlights of the blaster.  It really wasn’t much in terms of value, but i enjoyed it… I might buy some more should I find any in the stores, and if/when I run across a dime box of the base cards, I’m going to be diving in con mucho gusto.