Wednesday, November 19, 2008

More card surprises, more card cluelessness

Cards arrived from both Andy of 78 Topps and David of Tribe Cards on Friday. I'm grateful for all of the cards they sent, because honestly I didn't deserve any of them.

Andy's cards came in response to me sending him that sweet Mattingly '93 Upper Deck hologram card. I had promised him something Mattingly-related a few weeks back as part of his contest winnings, and he insisted on sending me some Dodgers in return. David's cards came after I was the only one to wager a guess on the packaging that came with his cards from Treasure Never Buried. Only my guess wasn't a guess. It was an admission of cluelessness. And for that, I received the above David Justice bat relic card -- quite nice -- and some even nicer cards to be featured in a minute. Some wonderful stuff, indeed, from some very nice folks.

I'm throwing the highlights of both Andy's and David's cards together. I hope that's OK. And again, the cluelessness card factor is high here. But I just want to say that even though this is my third, like, post in a row that, like, makes me seem as if I'm, like, as flaky as, like, a 14-year-old Valley girl, I just want you to, like, know that I'm, like, really, really, kinda smart, OK?

OK, here we go:

First off are some '08 UD Goudey cards from Andy. He sent a number of Dodgers from several different brands:

I don't think that looks like Loney. I've already talked about my issues with UD Goudey and their artist renderings before. Kind of, sort of, looks like Loney. Kind of like bobblehead figures kind of, sort of look like the players they represent. I'm not collecting bobbleheads either.

Pretty accurate representation of Pee Wee, though. I've lost track of how many Reese cards I've received since I started this blog. Maybe five or six. All of them very nice. Thankful for every one.

This is a cool night card that Andy sent. Robin Yount, 1993 Upper Deck (EDIT: Topps Stadium Club) Members Only, commemorating Yount's 3,000th hit. There's Yount up there on the scoreboard. He's displaying my secret shame on his cap.

Ready for more cluelessness?

David generously sent this card along, a 1999 Upper Deck Choice Adrian Beltre Rookie Class card (boy, that's a mouthful). I said something like, "cool, Adrian Beltre," and went on to the next card.

Then, hours later, something made me go back to the card:
I stared at the autograph on the card. I had originally dismissed it as a facsimile, not being familiar with cards from 1999.

Then I looked at the autograph closer:
Hmmm, that doesn't really LOOK like a facsmile, I thought. The "Beltre" is kind of smudged. Then it dawned on me: hey, someone else (gcrl), also sent me this card!

I eagerly dug through my stack of Dodgers that I'll get organized in a couple of years. Finally, I found it:

Hey, there's no facsmile autograph on THAT one! I looked closer just to be sure:

Nope, no autograph! Just an inexplicable background shot of Yankee Stadium!

Then I said something that I should have said when I first pulled the card out of the envelope: "Holy smokes! Dave sent me an autographed Adrian Beltre card!" Official delayed reaction time comes in at: 3 hours, 44 minutes, 21 seconds.

Finally, both Andy and Dave sent me the first graded cards I've received in a blog trade. Andy provided a 1967 Topps Phil Regan card, in just about perfect shape:

1967 is probably the best Topps card design of the 1960s (although I like 1965 a lot, too). A very nice addition that Andy went above and beyond to send.

David, meanwhile, sent this FANTASTIC card:

Dodgers Sluggers, 1957 Topps. WOW! Can you imagine how many people wanted this card in 1957? Furrillo, Hodges, Campanella and Snider all on one card!! The card in perfect condition goes for as high as $250. I'm sure this card as is, in good condition, could fetch around 30-50 bucks. But I'll never find out.

By the way, Dave called the Beltre and Dodgers sluggers cards, "extras" in the note he sent. Best "extras" I've ever seen.

Many, many thanks, Andy and Dave. I'll collect myself and put together a post tomorrow with not one shred of cluelessness. Guaranteed.


  1. You're welcome! I have to admit, the Beltre card was sent to me in a stack of autographed cards. I am one of those people that takes it on good faith it really is his auto.

    I've had the '57 for a while and tried to trade it away a couple times, but the folks I asked already had it (or just didn't want it, which is cool by me). I'm glad it found a good home! :-)

  2. I also thought that the Loney card does not resemble Loney at all.

  3. Nice cards - that Yount is very nice looking but it's Stadium Club Members Only, not Upper Deck...

  4. Thanks, Dave. I don't know why I put Upper Deck. I knew that was Stadium Club. Over-tired, I guess.