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For the man who basically invented the insert

When The Lost Collector sent out his package a couple of weeks ago, he added this Hideo Nomo insert with a note attached that said it was one of his favorite inserts of the '90s.

High praise, yes.

And it made me think about what my favorite Nomo inserts were -- because I must focus on Nomo, none of this inclusive stuff.

As I was formulating a post plan, my friend Greg from Twitter mentioned that one day I should do a post on the best Mike Piazza inserts from the late '90s. "Hmmm," I said. "I'm already thinking about doing a similar post for one of his teammates." That was two signs now that this apparently was meant to happen.

Today, it's Hideo Nomo's birthday. So now I have to write a post about my favorite Nomo inserts. Everything is pointing me in that direction.

Nomo is a special figure in the hobby. Not only did he become an international sensation at the same time the hobby was exploding with variety, but the man basically invented the in…

Little league, big deal

You probably heard about, or even saw, a team called Maine-Endwell win the Little League World Series Championship on Sunday.

The ESPN announcers did a decent job of explaining that the players on the team come from a community of around 10,000 people just north of the Pennsylvania border. The community is actually a school district. The Maine-Endwell Spartans have been a state power in football for awhile and are now well-known as raising really good 12-year-old baseball players.

But I knew most of that already. From the time I was 13 until I left home, I lived a block from Endwell, N.Y.

I used to watch the Little League World Series championship game every year on ABC. It was fun to see kids my age competing on national television. Even though they always seemed to be from Washington or California. But as the years went on, I stopped paying attention, and began to get annoyed with the amount of time ESPN devoted to it.

That all changed this year. I watched three or four of Maine-En…

Some cards

Some cards give me money
Some cards buy me clothes
Some cards give me jewelry
That is for someone else to own



Some cards give me zirconia diamonds
Some cards, heart attacks
Some cards I give all my bread to
I don't ever want it back



Some cards show me jewelry
Some cards show me clothes
Some cards are for children
Or at least they used to be



So give me all of your cards
Give me all your gold parallels
They won't buy a house on Zuma beach
But I'll give you some cards for you to own



Some cards take my money
Some cards take my clothes
Some cards get the shirt off my back
And leave me with a lethal dose


Yeah French cards are OPC
Italian cards are futbol
American cards are everything in the world
You can possibly imagine



English cards can be so silly
I can't stand seeing them in my online search
Sometimes I close my browser
I don't want them to show up at all



Topps cards, they're pretty funny
Sometimes they drive me mad
Panini cards just wanna f*** it up all night
I…