When I was a kid, somewhere I heard the old adage that you never know until you ask and picked up the old positive affirmation that if you ask, all someone can say is 'no'. This makes me one of the most annoying kinds of human beings: the kind that asks a lot of questions. I think my point got lost in all that, I guess what I am saying is, I am not shy about asking for things, not that I am an insistent pest. Sorry, my intros are rusty.
I got a package in the mail from Night Owl HQ yesterday. Because we are constantly shuffling things back and forth, I have no idea if this is in response to stuff I sent or if I now owe him stuff. Either way, I have a pile for him. This particular package was full of wonderful things:
You can't really see it in the scan, but trust me, the Harvey and Dickey cards are quite shiny. The Wright card is a manu-patch card, but this one works nicely, good colors, very fancy intricate patch. I used to hate these cards, but I have grown to not only accept them but enjoy the ones that look very good. I still think they are confusing and ruin the value of actual game-used pieces, but I guess we have also learned those "actual game-used" pieces aren't worth the paper their disclaimers are printed on. The bottom three cards are the ones I was sort of addressing my awful opening paragraph. Night Owl recently posted about the new Topps Archives packs he picked up. I requested he set those cards aside for me and we could work out compensation. He told me that not only did he have a package ready to go out to me, he would put these inside. The package got here in two days; in the world of blog transactions, that is the very definition of instant gratification.
In my last post, I snarkily addressed Topps' photo choices on vintage/retro cards. The cards on this scan perfectly illustrate my point. On the Gypsy Queen Gooden, that is a picture I am certain I have seen before but it is now in painting form, so I suppose that makes it better (as long as they don't use the same picture next year). The Archives Gooden is not only a photo I have never seen before, it is a damn nice one - full of nuance and intensity (please do this more, Topps). Conversely, the Seaver is a photo that has been used so many times, I could probably make an entire page of cards using it. The Ted Williams photo has also been used ad nauseum, but it is so iconic, you can almost forgive it here. Almost. Also, I can give the Williams card a slight pass because there are no doubt far fewer images of him in the Topps vault than of Seaver. Plus, since he is dead, I am sure they have to okay the use of his pictures through his licensing company, which I am certain adds a layer of annoyance. *steps down off his soapbox*
Night Owl not only sent that pile of Mets goodness, he has been perusing my want list:
Those 2010 Upper Deck now complete my page of these cards. I hope I never have to mention this set again. The next row has not one but two Rookie All-Stars I can scratch off the list, a pair of parallels at that. The Opening Day Tavaras card has been especially elusive for me for such a recent card. I wanted that one greatly because his Topps base card omitted the trophy, and that little cup is the whole point of the collection. Night Owl's love of 1975 minis is well documented, so for him to give up a couple is surprising. I have this vision of him in my head hoarding them by the thousands in a bunker under his house. The Nomo will go on my 1997 Upper Deck page, one that has also been difficult to fill (odd, too, that N.O. would give up a Nomo card). I never bought any of that set and for some reason I also never see them around. Four down, five to go.
Also from the want list:
Three Mets of varying importance, from nothing to everything. I am praying that a stint in the minors will do Ike some good, considering I could hit .165 in the majors. The 1964 design this year on the Heritage seems to really do the modern player justice. They just look good to me, better than the last few years, at least. And I do so prefer the old school trophy on these cards.
Final batch from Night Owl:
The top three cards finish my Mets Topps set from 2013 Series 1. I am slightly disappointed the Opening Day set has white borders, I was so hoping they would give it a green border to differentiate it from the flagship set. I think the abstract ball field design cries out for green - and not the crazy shiny Emerald pattern they used as a parallel, but a nice muted kelly green. As always, Night Owl wisely includes a little note in his package. Each and every one of these cards is of use to me, in case you were wondering. Thanks Greg!
Also in the mail was an odd thing for me, Yankees cards:
I realized I did not own a single Robinson Cano card and I have a feeling he is not going to be on the Yankees next year, so I won't have to automatically hate him, so when I saw a very cheap lot of 11 cards, I snagged it on eBay. That is a rare sight indeed, a current Yankee with his own 9-pocket page.
I was on a roll and scanned all the cards I got in the mail Tuesday, so here are the rest:
Those top three cards are a lot from Listia I picked up literally for nothing. I got it just for the Reggie Bush, the other two will end up in a box to be forgotten. I am slowly but surely becoming a user of that site. The bottom two are the other 2 Cano cards, which I might actually list on Listia since I have no need for them (unless someone wants them). The last card there in the middle is a mini refractor of Zack Wheeler. The Mets have threatened to actually let him pitch in the majors next week, I'll believe it when I see it. But I figure I should grab his cards now while I can. I am not sure what the purpose of making that card mini is, though, but I do like the shiny. Shiny > mini.
Ask and ye shall receive! I think that is what I was going for with the opening. Sheesh, my brain is so sluggish and tired lately.