Mail from the Cheap Seats

9 07 2009

UPS informs me my Allen and Ginter boxes will arrive on the 14th.  Ugh.  By that time it will be time all the Gint-a-cuffs will be over and it will be time for the Upper Deck Icons-o-clash.  That’s okay, though, because I knew it’d take forever for me to open my packs anyway.

Until then, I’m hoping to start whacking away at more of your wantlists, including Dan’s from Saints of the Cheap Seats.  After posting my wants last week, Dan sent a quick email saying he’d send me some stuff.  And boy, did he.

The first thing I pulled out was a note.

note

Wait, that’s not for me.  And the guy it’s addressed to is the guy sending me these cards.  Then I noticed that Dan’s saving the earth (and money) by reusing bubble mailers, and this note just got stuck on the inside.  So Dan, if you were mad at Jeff that he didn’t send a note, don’t be.  I’ve got it,and it’s safe.

Then, an actual note from Dan and a think stack of cards inculding:

2009ToppsCBLYoung

Cy Young Career Best Legends.  Listed with the Cleveland Naps.  Awesome.

2009ToppsTRHelton

I love the look of this Helton Turkey Red.  It makes me think he’s at some municipal park somewhere and he’s been practicing all day and into the dusk.  I just wonder what he’s going to throw the ball at with that downward sightline.

2008ToppsTCHZambrano

One of last year’s insert chases, the Trading Card History set.  Zambrano’s showing off the 1922 E120 design origianlly released by American Caramel.  If Topps were true to the set, it’d be a blue-green card stock with green ink since Zamboni’s in the NL.  The orignals, as usual, look much nicer than this.

2009ToppsDarkEckstein

Most of those Topps Dark cards look really nice with the all black.  This one of David Eckstien does not.  It looks like two separate images on one card without the background to tie it together.  Any word on if Topps is doing this for series 2 as well?  I’m not sure my bank account can take another hit.

2008UDDunnang

Finally, a few random Reds.  These are my first Heroes and Sweet Spot cards ever.  Dunn is trying to become what I can only imagine is the first player to hit more home runs (22) then his team has wins (24).  And Harang  just needs some run support.  The kind Adam Dunn could provide.

1991ClassicRijo

Perhaps my favorite of the bunch, though, is this purple monstrosity from 1991 Classic.  I think this beauty speaks for itself, really.

Thanks Dan, for making my wait a little more awesome.

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