Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Predictions you can't count on

When I saw yesterday that the Dodgers had signed lefty reliever Will Ohman to a minor league deal, my first thought was "who?"

I felt guilty about that, so I read some more, and saw that he had pitched for the Braves and Cubs. My next thought was "um, yeah, I think I kind of, sort of remember him with the Braves."

Then I figured I'd mention the acquistion on the blog. Which prompted this thought: "Where am I going to find a card of Will Ohman?"

It turns out I had one -- the 2006 Upper Deck card up top here. I forgot that when you want a card of just about anyone, you turn to Topps Total ... uh, er, Upper Deck.

So, not only did I forget who Ohman was, but I forgot who he was even though I had a card of the poor guy. I tell ya, situational lefty relievers who are 31 years old get no respect.

A few snippets about Ohman: he appeared in 83 games for the Braves last year. He missed two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery while with the Cubs. He was born in Frankfurt, Germany.

All right, I've already written enough about a guy who I barely know, and am not even sure how he fits into the Dodgers' bullpen free-for-all. All I know is we're a tad closer to having an Opening Day squad. Until injuries or slumps hit, this is the Dodgers' Opening Day lineup/starting rotation. I'm not going to touch the bullpen right now:

1. Rafael Furcal-SS; 2. Orlando Hudson-2B; 3. Manny Ramirez-LF; 4. Andre Ethier-RF; 5. Matt Kemp-CF; 6. James Loney-1B; 7. Russell Martin-C; 8. Casey Blake-3B

Rotation: 1. Hiroki Kuroda; 2. Randy Wolf; 3. Chad Billingsley; 4. Clayton Kershaw; 5. James McDonald

I'm glad the Dodgers appear to be giving McDonald a shot. Show 'em what you got.

And while I'm at, I'll offer up some predictions for the season. But don't throw any money down on these. I hope no one takes any preseason predictions seriously. For example, one major sports publication last year said the Tigers would beat the Cubs in the World Series in 2008. Ha!

It also predicted the Rays to finish fourth in the AL East and the Rockies to finish first in the NL West. They had the White Sox and Brewers third. Another publication said the Red Sox would beat the Diamondbacks in the World Series. They also picked the Rays to place fourth and the White Sox and Brewers third.

I'm not setting myself up for that kind of ridicule. So, all seriousness aside, here are my predictions for 2009. In other words, this is the way I wish the season would go:

AL East
1. Baltimore Orioles: For Dave Trembley. The guy loves the game dearly. He needs to be rewarded.
2. Boston Red Sox: No Manny, no Schilling. What's not to love? Well, some of the fans need to dial it down, but I can get behind this team.
3. Toronto Blue Jays: Only so people can see how awesome Roy Halladay is.
4. Tampa Bay Rays: I haven't hopped on the bandwagon yet. But I could.
5. New York Yankees: If they didn't remind everyone on a DAILY basis that they've won more championships than anyone else, I wouldn't want this so badly.

AL Central
1. Kansas City Royals: Everyone says they're an up-and-coming team. Why not have them go all the way?
2. Chicago White Sox: When did Steve Stone become a WGN Sox announcer? That surprised me Saturday.
3. Cleveland Indians: Just because I like all the bloggers who root for this team.
4. Detroit Tigers: Getting rid of Sheff? What? Why? Yeah, he's an angry pain in the ... oh, OK, that's why.
5. Minnesota Twins: I don't want anyone to finish last in this division. Twins are just the odd men out.

AL West
1. Oakland A's: Nomar! I'm also going to enjoy finally being able to root for Matt Holliday.
2. Texas Rangers: I hope to be able to name all the starting pitchers at the end of the season. That will be a good sign.
3. Seattle Mariners: I'm going to try really hard to pay attention to this team this year.
4. Los Angeles Angels: Bleah.

NL East
1. Philadelphia Phillies: Not sick of them yet.
2. New York Mets: Their late-season collapses are starting to make them endearing again.
3. Atlanta Braves: Looking forward to seeing the youngsters.
4. Florida Marlins: What I just said.
5. Washington Nationals: Reject central. Not interested.

NL Central
1. Pittsburgh Pirates: We. Are. Fam-i-lee! Yeah, it's not gonna happen.
2. Milwaukee Brewers: Wild-card winners.
3. Cincinnati Reds: I'm siding with the downtrodden, aren't I?
4. Houston Astros: Who am I rooting for on this team? Roy Oswalt, I guess.
5. St. Louis Cardinals: I've got to figure out who is on the Cardinals. I'm starting to lose track.
6. Chicago Cubs: Sorry, Cubbies. Still not feelin' it.

NL West
1. Los Angeles Dodgers: If they can't beat everyone else in this division, they've got issues.
2. San Diego Padres: Just as long as they stay 10 games behind the Dodgers.
3. Colorado Rockies: Still trying to figure out how they did what they did in September 2007.
4. Arizona Diamondbacks: Mark Reynolds struck out 204 times last year! How did I not mention this yet?
5. San Francisco Giants: I'll let Randy Johnson get his 300th win. But after that they have to lose the rest of their games.

ALDS: Royals beat Orioles; A's beat Red Sox.
ALCS: Royals beat A's

NLDS: Dodgers beat Brewers; Phillies beat Pirates.
NLCS: Dodgers beat Phillies.

World Series winner? Hmm, let me look in my crystal ball.

Hey, if they could do it in 1988, they can do it this year.

From the land of Isotopes

First, I'd like to direct your attention to the card that matches my blog layout the best (EDIT: that is before I changed my blog layout). I need to feature this card permanently on the blog somewhere. It's perfect. It's even better than the 1984 Topps Dodgers, which also had the yellow/blue theme going.

This is one of the cards that came from Patricia and Lucy at Dinged Corners. They sent a great collection of Dodgers all the way from the land of Isotopes. I'm a bit jealous that folks like Patricia and Lucy, as well as Kris of Cards in the Attic, can see the Dodgers' Triple A farm team on a regular basis this season. I know if I lived there, I'd be in the stands all the time.

The team's nickname needs some work, though. I much prefer the old Albuquerque Dukes. I know why they picked "Isotopes," but when I looked up the definition of the word, it just gave me a dull pain above my left eye. "Isotopes are any of the different types of atoms of the same chemical element, each having a different atomic mass," says Wikipedia. Ack! Chemistry! Ow! Ow! Baseball nicknames shouldn't make my head hurt!

Anyway, I hope they enjoy watching Chin-Lung Hu, Xavier Paul, Blake DeWitt (if he gets sent down), etc., this season. Wish I was there with ya.

Meanwhile, the return of the Dodgers to New Mexico seems to have boosted the quality of Dodger cards in the state. I received quite a few key ones in the package. The Heritage Kershaw is much appreciated, as is the Heritage Juan Pierre card. I think I'm about halfway to collecting all the '09 Heritage Dodgers.

I have no idea what the Dodgers have planned for Pierre. There's obviously no spot for him. The talk about him being sent to the White Sox has cooled off. He doesn't seem like the platoon type, and I definitely don't want him platooning with any of the outfield starters.
Ah! A Yankee! You got a shiver, too, when you saw this card, didn't you? Opening Day may be less than a week away, but I'm so not ready to see a million Yankee games on TV this year. I'm going to get sick of all the gushing about the new stadium before the first week is out.

But Torre is a long way from the hype now, isn't he? He looks like he's holding for dear life on this golf cart. I wonder how many years he lost managing the Yankees?

Here is my first die-cut Upper Deck X Dodger. A proud moment. I wonder if these cards are more aerodynamic than other baseball cards? I think I'll have to find out. It's only an X card. It's not like I have to worry about value.

Adrian, I think the ball is out of your reach.

The Dinged Corners ladies sent a pack from the "American Baseball" set that was sold in England. I already have the Eddie Murray and Mike Marshall cards from this set, so when I opened the pack I hoped for no duplicates. And my wishes were granted with the Hershiser card. Yay!

The back cartoon says a "strike" is a legal pitch called by the umpire due to one of seven factors. I'm pretty sure I cannot name them all without looking them up. So I'm not going to try.

A Ron Cey card I don't have! That's not easy to do. I think about five bloggers have found one that I don't already own. I'm fairly certain that Jim of gcrl has a boxload that I don't have. But those are his. I will only look longingly from afar.

I'll go old-school with the rest of these cards. A Fleer Greats card of Big Don ...

A great SP card of Pee Wee ...

And best of all, a Nestle odd-ball card from 1987 of Jackie Robinson. This card is 100 percent classic. The look, the colors, Jackie's smiling face. My favorite card out of the whole package.

Patricia was nice enough to send a pleasant note with the package. And I can say, folks at DC, that your blog is an inspiration to me, too. Thanks very much.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Cardboard appreciation: 1975 Topps Bernie Carbo

(From author, teacher, speaker William Arthur Ward: "Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I may not forget you." That, my friends, is an ode to appreciation. Time for Cardboard Appreciation. This is the 24th in a series):

This card is here for no other reason than that it was front-and-center in my mind as a kid when I played baseball in the backyard. Even though Carbo is obviously taking a warm-up cut, I envisioned myself as Carbo in the photo. I thought he was admiring a titan blast.

I grew up playing baseball behind my house, which had yellow siding and sat on a hill, at the corner of two streets. The dimensions of the improvised baseball diamond we played on weren't exactly drawn to scale.

Home plate was the walkway from the back patio to the street. First base was the near pole on the swing set. The trip from first base to second base was about half the distance from home to first. You ran from the swing set pole to the steps, which led up a hill to our driveway. Second to third was even shorter, from the steps to a tree at the side of the road. And third to home was about the same distance as second to third.

Strange dimensions or not, we wore ourselves out playing ball in the backyard. Like most boys my age, we had to be chased inside at night time because we didn't want to leave our makeshift diamond.

We were forced to play with tennis balls because home plate was right next to the house, and foul balls would often hit the house. But more often, balls would rocket off the garage, which was separated from the house and sat up a hill in "the outfield" behind the basepath from first to second. Those balls off the garage were doubles.

When I got to be 11 or 12, it was nothing to hammer the tennis balls over the garage for a home run. One summer, my brother and I kept track of how many home runs we hit and it was some insane number. I had over a 100 and my younger brother had 70 or 80.

But each time we hit a home run, we would have to go retrieve the tennis balls. And they weren't easy to find. The balls would land in the large yard of our neighbor, who lived on the opposite corner. She was an elderly woman and her yard featured a number of flowers and plants. They were all different shapes and sizes and sometimes the balls would get caught in the plants or sneak under them.

We were always wary of parading through someone's yard, especially a yard with such ornate plant life. Some neighbors yelled at boys trampling through their creations.

But not this neighbor. In fact, if she was out in the backyard and we came over the hill looking for a ball, she would help us look for it. This happened time and again. And we were always grateful for it.

My neighbor's name? Her name was Mrs. Ball.

I never knew her first name. But with a last name like that, that's all we needed to know.

Just for kicks, I looked up whether there were any major leaguers with the last name Ball. There have been four of them. Art, Jeff, Jim and Neal. All of their careers were finished before 1913. Neal Ball played the longest (1907-13) with the Highlanders, Indians and Red Sox.

Who knows? Maybe Mrs. Ball was the daughter of one of those players. It would explain a lot. But the only thing I know is years later that is my lasting memory of Mrs. Ball. And I appreciate what she did for us.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Yup, more Dodgers

On Saturday, while most sports fans were watching NCAA basketball, I tuned in to WGN and watched some of the White Sox-Dodgers spring training affair before I headed to work.

I'm more baseball-centric these day than I've ever been since I was a kid. I can block out any other sporting event, no matter how hyped or huge, for the sake of baseball. Plus, this wasn't any old baseball game. It was my first chance to see the Dodgers in 2009! Living 2,500 miles from Camelback Ranch, I don't have many opportunities.

To get into the spirit of the game, I decided to record my baseball firsts for 2009. But after three innings I got distracted, so it's only a partial list. Here is the official, unfinished tally:

First batter: Rafael Furcal, Dodgers
First pitch: Gavin Floyd, White Sox
First out: Rafael Furcal, grounder to short
First strikeout: Orlando Hudson by Gavin Floyd
First base hit: Manny Ramirez, Dodgers
First walk: Carlos Quentin, White Sox by Randy Wolf, Dodgers
First successful pick-off: Wolf to James Loney to Furcal on Quentin
First bunt for a base hit: Juan Pierre, Dodgers
First caught stealing: Pierre by A.J. Pierzynski
First RBI: Alexei Ramirez, White Sox

It was a good thing I had to go to work, because the White Sox shelled Wolf in the sixth and the Dodgers went through their usual, "we can hit, just not with runners in scoring position" act.

So, now that I've viewed my first game, I'm more ready than ever for the season to start. And what better way to get me even more in the rooting mood with a bunch of Dodgers cards from Max?

This is part 2 of the spectacular cards sent by Max. He's been doing some spring cleaning and sending cards every which way to grateful bloggers. Good on ya and much obliged, Max.

I'm going to start with the more current players and then go back in time, because the cards he sent were across the board, year-wise.

I'll start with Clayton Kershaw, who could be the difference between a great pitching staff and staff that limps through the entire season. I don't like putting pressure on a young'un like Clayton, but the talent is there. He's had a good spring so far. Almost as good as his Bowman Chrome card here.

Here are two other keys to the season. Manny can't do it all again this year, fellas. Ethier showed what he could do last year. He needs to continue, and Kemp has to elevate his performance.

These Finest Moments cards are shiny, but a bid odd with the players being cut off at the torso and the strange subtitles at the bottom.

This is my first Upper Deck '09 OPC insert. I've heard all the talk about how they resemble 1975 Topps, my most favoritist set ever. It's a poor imitiation of '75 Topps, in my opinion. I like the colors, though.

By the way, Upper Deck has atrocious card backs this year. They're absolutely useless. I learn nothing from them, and they're certainly not entertaining.

"Russ" Martin's 2006 Topps Chrome card. I like this card a whole bunch, although the write-up on the back makes a disturbing reference to a "Canadian-on-Canadian collision." Hmmm.

During Saturday's game, I got my first glimpse of the "J. Martin" on the back of Martin's uniform, in honor of his mother. It's kind of confusing if you don't know why it's there. It smacks of a Hollywood move if you ask me, but I feel a bit guilty saying anything considering it's a gesture for his mom.

Max very generously sent three of Hershiser's 1985 rookie cards. The Topps card I needed for my Dodger binder. These two I've never seen before, thanks to RC hoarders.

These are the last two 1984 Topps Traded Dodgers cards I needed. That sounds more impressive than it is, as there are only three '84 Dodgers Traded cards. But, still, Traded cards are sometimes hard to get.

That's why I appreciate these and the fact that Max sent me every one of the 1983 Topps Traded Dodgers (5 total), which I needed for my Dodger collection.

I'm going out of order here to show these 2003 Topps World Series cards. I don't know what these are from as I wasn't collecting in 2003. They're weird, shiny metallic cards. I remember the 1978 game -- Game 1 of the World Series -- quite well. Watching the Dodgers pound the Yankees for 11 runs in the opening game was awesome.

Still out of order here, but the '08 Donruss Threads card features a Dodger from the '70s. I don't think I've ever seen Garvey in a uniform other than the Dodgers and Padres. It's weird. I don't even know if I'm supposed to put this card with my other Dodgers.

It's a pretty cool card if you like college sports. I'm not a college sports fan.

This actually isn't the coolest thing that Max sent. But it's close. I need all four of these Ron Cey cards for my Dodger binder. I'm super pleased about the '75 card. The '74 card is an awesome action shot, although it doesn't look like Ron is having much success.

I have upgraded the '74 card a number of times, and I think this one is better than the one I have now. And Max sent me two of the '74 card.

These are the two oldest Kellogg's cards I have now. I've never gone out of my way to collect Kellogg's cards older than the first cards I ever pulled out of a cereal box, which were in 1977. The first card of Willie Davis is from 1974 and the Wes Parker card is from 1972. And I can't express how cool we thought these cards were when we were kids. They were the Sportsflics of our time.

I've increased my collection of 1966 Topps Dodgers quite a bit since the start of this blog. Here's a sweet card of Smoky Alston. I'm not sure why they called him Smoky.

Alston's long tenure with the Dodgers was impressive even for his time. On the back of the card, the bio raves about how Alston is in his 13th season.

I'm going to end it with some TCMA cards that Max sent. I wasn't even aware of this "All-Time Dodgers" set issued in 1980. But it was tough to keep track of all the sets TCMA issued.

What I like about these cards are the different photos that were used (except for the posed Hodges head shot), and the card backs, which feature detailed bios.

This Jackie card almost looks like he just leveled his opponent in the ring.

Look how young Koufax looks on this card! I wonder what the letter "R" hanging behind him is. Maybe it was his birthday and it says "Happy Birthday"? Anyway, it's a photo I've never seen before, and that's what makes these All-Time Dodgers cards awesome.

Max sent a bunch of other stuff: Dodgers from between 1978-84 and others between 1974-76, a well-loved Garvey Hostess card, another shiny Russell Martin, a retro Drysdale, stickers. You name it.

Wonderful stuff. Thanks, Max. I'm officially ready for the season.

One dollar gets you two dozen

"Two dozen what?" you're asking.

Ah, sit tight for the story, dear readers.

While I was at work last night, my wife went out shopping. During her search for party favors for my daughter's long-delayed birthday party/sleepover, she stopped at that dollar store with the dollar bags of '80s baseball cards. And because she is an angel, she grabbed a bag for me and left it by the computer when I came home from work.

Now my wife knows very little about baseball, but she knows I like these particular bags, and she understands a bargain when she sees one. Forty or fifty cards for a dollar? What's not to understand?

She actually did quite well with the first card, which was showing on the top of the stack.

It was a 1986 Topps Rod Carew card. My wife doesn't know who Rod Carew is or that I have this card already. But really, for blindly grabbing at the first card you see, you can't do better than Rod Carew.

Sadly, after Carew, the bag went south. Way, way, way, south. Deep south. Born on the Bayou south. The bags are set up so there is a key card displayed on the front and a key card displayed on the back. The middle cards are usually not as good. You could get basketball cards, football cards, a few duplicates, '88 Donruss. In other words, something unpleasant.

I've learned to peek a little closer at the bags to determine what is between the two display cards, and it's worked pretty well. My wife, of course, didn't peek. So I ended up with this:

That is a picture of exactly two dozen 1989 Donruss Todd Burns cards. I couldn't believe it. I was going, "what is this?" after about the sixth Burns card, and then I ended up with 24 of them. I have never pulled so many of a single card in my life. Heck, I've never owned this many of a single card in my life.

What am I going to do with 24 Todd Burns cards? (Well, 23, anyway. I need one of them).

And that has me wondering: what is the most of any one card you owned? I'm not talking about intentionally acquiring multiple copies of one card. I'm talking about unintentionally stumbling into duplicate hell. The closest I ever got before this was pulling eight 1991 Upper Deck Scott Lusaders. Come to think of it, I think I bought that package at a dollar store, too.

Anyway, that's about it for now. I have to go. I think I hear the Todd Burns cards plotting against me. They know they have me outnumbered.

In the meantime, take a look at the two scans found for me by Jeff of Card Junkie and by Max/jacob mrley. Both cards seem to display the damaged right thumb of Carlos May unlike the other cards of him. Nice detective work, folks.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

One for the thumb

All the talk this week about "The Big Lebowski" and the creation of virtual cards of missing toes, etc., made me think about a certain childhood obsession of mine concerning former player Carlos May.

White Sox fans will remember May as a promising outfielder who had some decent seasons for Chicago back in the early-to-mid '70s. They also probably remember what happened to May's right thumb early in his career.

May was on duty for the Marine reserves in the summer of 1969 when a mortar unit that he was cleaning misfired and blew off part of his right thumb. The accident could have killed his career, but after several operations, he was back playing for the White Sox the next season.

Years later, when I was a kid, I heard about May's accident and I started searching his baseball cards to see if I could spot his right thumb (I was a weird kid). May was playing in Japan at the time, so it wasn't like I could watch him on TV. Cards were all I had to go on.

But I could see no evidence of any thumb damage on any of the cards. You can see on the 1971 card that May is wearing a white glove on his right hand, and his left hand is covering the thumb portion of the right hand.

The 1974 card features May with a black glove on his right hand and his thumb portion away from the camera.

The 1975 card is similar to the 1971 card, except with the white glove on the left hand, but still the top hand is covering the thumb portion of the right hand.

Although I don't have them scanned, I have seen the 1973, 1976 and 1977 Topps May cards. On the '73 card, he is shot at a bit of a distance and the thumb is out of view. The 1976 card is an action shot of May swinging and you can't see the thumb portion. The 1977 card is a close-up, and May's arms aren't even in the frame.

The one card I haven't seen is the 1972 Topps card. I wonder if it's like the others? And I wonder if May requested that Topps keep his damaged thumb hidden.

If that was the case, we've come a long way since then. Who hasn't seen a Jim Abbott card that showed, without a doubt, that he didn't have a right hand? Maybe Abbott was the guy that made it OK: Yeah, I don't have a right hand. So what? Everyone's got their burden, right?

Obviously, Jim Abbott and Carlos May did pretty well with their "handicaps." Meanwhile, I've got two hands and all of my fingers and toes, and I've never been able to hit or throw a curveball. I guess that's my burden.

Friday, March 27, 2009

The unexpected

Here's a little insight into the thought process behind my want lists, for those who care. Most of my want lists are based on what other collectors have available or are willing to trade. That means the cards are relatively current, and I try to put as many modern card lists up as possible.

I also try to put up mostly lists of sets that I'm somewhat close to finishing. At least halfway anyway -- mostly because it gets tedious typing all those numbers. That explains why I say at the top of my want list that I am collecting the 1972 Topps set, but there is no '72 want list. I need lots and lots of cards for that set, so I don't feel comfortable putting it up there. Same goes for last year's Upper Deck Timeline set. I'm half-heartedly collecting it. But I probably only have a fifth of the set. Maybe I'll get to putting those two up there someday.

There is one exception to my want list "rules," and that is 1971 Topps. Although I have just over half of the set, I still need a bunch of cards, and a boatload of the high numbers. But I'm proud of what I have and I really, really want to get the rest, so the list has been up there for some time, in all of its 33-line glory.

I don't really expect to have collectors send me cards like this. Or cards like 1960s Dodgers. Or the great 1957 Dodgers Sluggers card that David of Tribe Cards sent. But they do send them, and I'm forever amazed.

Such was the case when Max sent two packages my way in the last couple of weeks. The first package was Dodgers and the second, big package was Dodgers and a bunch of set wants from the 1970s, mostly. I'll get to the Dodgers in another post soon. But I want to feature the '71s, because they make me the most giddy. Max sent almost 40 cards that I needed, and I am super stoked about that. I think that might put me close to the 60 percent completion point. I haven't calculated it yet.

Here are some of what he sent (a side note: a couple were doubles, which means I'll be sending those to Matt of Heartbreaking Cards, who is also collecting the '71 set).

I don't think any of these '71 cards here are stars, which means I can have fun with them a little. I'm showing Bart Johnson here because he's a '70s metamorphosis guy. Check out his clean-cut look.

And here is what he looks like on the 1975 card. Now that's a hatful of hair.

I don't think I've ever seen a card in which the cap takes up as much space on the photo as the player's face does. Jose Vizcaino, eat your heart out. I think Cumberland has you beat for highest hat.

Fred Gladding was 33 or 34 when this photo was taken. Amazing, isn't it? I wrote a whole post about how players back in the '60s and '70s looked older than they do now. I'm still not sure why that is. But it's definitely true.

The 1971 set is filled with cards with photos that don't exactly scream athlete. It really should be a requirement that you wear a cap on a baseball card. It should be in players' contracts.

(*say in a lilting, female voice*): "Oh, Lum, you have the bluest eyes!"

Here is the controversial Alex Johnson, who was just coming off his 1970 American League batting title. They even mention it on the back of his '71 card, which is a bit unusual for the '71 set. A lot of the '71 card bios mention what players did in American Legion ball. As if anyone reading the bio cares.

I'll end the list of '71 images with this card of Elrod Hendricks. The first card I ever owned was a 1974 Topps Tommy John card. I wrote about that here. But I believe the first baseball card I ever saw was the 1971 Elrod Hendricks. I don't know where, or who had it. But somehow it's burned in my brain that this is the first baseball card I saw. And getting that card now is very cool.

Max also sent some 1976 Topps cards as I'm getting closer to completing that set. Most of the cards were upgrades. I first collected the '76 set when I was 10, so there are a bunch of cards in the set that need updating.

However, Gaylord Perry is one of the cards that I did not have already.

Max was also very kind to hit the '76 Traded want list, too. They're just as important as the regular set you know!

And he found some of the 1983 Topps cards that I need upgrades for. Yay!

All in all, a very thorough attacking of the want list! Some fantastic vintage cards. And a lot were quite unexpected! Thanks, Max.

But I think the Dodgers you sent were even better. I'll be showing those soon.