This is partly testament to how many cards Sir Nick Of The Dimeboxes can fit into a Plain White Envelope, but it’s also is an indication of how my incoming cardboard has slowed to a trickle: During the first three months of 2021, a scant 171 cards came into my house… and 17 of those came in a PWE I received from Nick two weeks ago.
This doesn’t have much bearing on the PWE itself, other than that I may have appreciated it even more than I usually do. I’ve been doing a lot of organizing over the past three months, and that’s great and waaaaaaaaaay overdue, but it’s always fun to get new-to-me cards. I’ll share a bunch of them in this post, and save a few more for another post.
This 2020 Leaf card of top prospect Adley Rutschman is my third card of the Orioles “Catcher of the Future”… and the funny thing is that all three came from Nick..
They did a pretty decent job of replicating the original 1990 Leaf design, and with the catcher’s gear blocking all team identification you wouldn’t know at a glance that this is an unlicensed card. Has Panini or Leaf done an insert set of only catchers in their full equipment? Seems like a natural.
As long as we’re talking about cards which were not licensed by Major League Baseball, I was happy to receive this 1993 Post card of Cal Ripken, one of the Cal oddballs which have evaded me to this point. I sometimes wonder if it would look less awkward if they also photoshopped out the “8” from the front of his jersey. Looks odd just sitting there
Gregg Jefferies was the Luis Robert of late 1980s, and this makes for my 15th different card of his from 1989, which seems like a lot by 1989 standards… except that TCDB shows over 200 different 1989 cards for Jefferies. Yes, many of them are Broders, magazine inserts, corrected errors, Tiffany cards and other variations… but even so, that’s a crap-ton of cards for the time.
Like so many products of the past year, I underestimated the demand for 2020 Topps Update and I had never seen any of the “#1 Prospect” cards based on the 1989 Topps design. I didn’t realize that they used photos of the prospects in Minor League uniforms; in this case, Ryan Mountcastle is wearing a Triple-A Norfolk Tides uniform.
Five years later and I still only have a couple of these 2016 Walmart Marketside cards… and again, I think they all came from Nick. I like them, I just never run across them.
I think this is a “Silver Pack” card from 2019 Topps. These things always screw me up because when they come to me after-the-fact I expect them to be a shiny parallel of the 1984 Inserts, but the photos are different so they are their own thing.
I’m not a collector of parallels, but the blue 2020 Big League parallels sure look nice with Mets cards.
1988 O-Pee-Chee is also a sort of parallel, but there’s always something cool about real OPC cards, as opposed to “We own the trademark” Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee cards… although those can sometimes be cool, like in 2009.
This next card also has the 1988 design, but it’s a 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites card; these sets were an odd beast… retired players on older Topps designs, but like with current-day Archives, the designs weren’t always for years that the retired player appeared in. I like it better when they matched up – David Cone won 20 games for the Mets in 1988 – rather than having, say, Roger Maris on a 1974 design (I don’t think that actually happened, I’m just doing Mad Libs there … “Name of retired player”, “Name of favorite Topps set”)
I’ll save the best for last in this case… I was very surprised to find a 1957 Orioles card in a PWE! This Billy O’Dell card serves as a reminder that completing the 1957 Topps Orioles team set was a top goal of mine at one point (which basically got sidetracked by lack of card shows and lack of incoming revenue in my COMC account).
I’ll admit I didn’t know much about Billy O’Dell. Turns out he was an All-Star in 1958 and 1959 and in those seasons put up 14 and 10 wins for some mediocre Baltimore teams. His 1958 season is one that sabermetricians would appreciate as he lead the league with 2.69 strikeouts per walk, 0.5 home runs per 9 innings, and a Fielding Independent Pitching rating of 2.75. I’m frankly too braindead at the moment to pretend to understand that last one other than to say “Hey, he lead the league!”
This does not cover all of what I got from Nick, but in an upcoming post I will combine the remainder of this PWE with another small PWE I got from Julie of A Cracked Bat.
Thank you very much, Nick! As always, I appreciate your generosity!