I spent about 15 minutes trying to come up with something clever, but everything felt a little too sashimi and I didn't want to end up with any tamago on my face. Yeah, that doesn't really work either.
I did, however, receive a blind trade package from Nomo's Sushi Platter today. In my mind, a blind trade package is where you receive a series of cards, agreed upon in principle, but unaware of the exact content. It allows someone to create that Christmas feeling, as you have no idea what is inside. In return, I managed to beat the clock at the Post Office Saturday and fulfill the requested wishlist with a few other cards from my trade list.
Inside the package were three kinds of cards, 2012 Topps, 2011 Lineage and this:
Having most of the Cobbs and the Walter Johnson from this set and an affinity for classic, or as the cool kids say, vintage cardboard, I decided to work on this set and am now one card closer. than when the day started.
On some level, it is quite the mountainous challenge to try and complete a set after buying a grand total of one pack of cards from the set, but in retrospect, I realized I very much liked the look of the cards, the checklist of players and size of the set. Having stopped after pulling a platinum diamond Ty Cobb from my lone pack, I was woefully short on cards to complete the set with. These cards combined with a post to come later this week, I have made a significant dent in the set.
As to the cards themselves, I am quite partial to the Joe Morgan, as rare is the modern card which features him in Astros garb. And I am surprised by this, but the above Lou Gehrig is the first of his cards that I own. And I just liked the Aparicio, since his career stands in such stark contrast to that of Laruppin' Lou.
I also received a sizable stack of Series 1 and 2 Topps 2012. (For the record, forced alliteration is the best alliteration.) The horizontal cards are a weakness of mine. Collecting T206s gives me an additional appreciation for the few cards enjoyed lengthwise instead of heightwise, especially since one of my fondest purchases was a Barney Pelty from the local card shop, back when it was under previous management.
And for some strange reason, I'm drawn in by the Predatoresque mask of Carlos Corporan. He is not much of a player and he should probably stay clear of Jesse Ventura, but that mask is a simple work of art, reminding you of how many things are scarier than just a series of baseball cards.
Thanks again to Speigel for putting this deal together.