I have declared this month the one where I settle all draft folder business. I have finally (and mercifully) come to the end of my first tier of posts to close out, my unwritten trades. It is a relief to have these out of the draft folder and into the world, if only to thank the kind souls who sent me stuff.
This past Christmas brought me few glad tidings and fewer reasons for good cheer, but one shining exception was an unexpected package I received from Kenny, aka Zippy Zappy. Kenny and I have exchanged packages since he started his blog two years ago and I must say, if we were keeping score, I would say he's winning. This one was sent as a holiday gift in thanks for all our past swaps.
If you read his blog, you'll know that ZZ is a huge prospector and his love of rookies was my gain here, as I am now flush in minor league Mets. One name really stands out here, L.J. Mazzilli is the son of Mets favorite Lee. This was great to get in December but that joy has been slightly tarnished now that he has been suspended 50 games of the 2015 season. Luckily, that tiny Dominic Smith card more than makes up for that.
ZZ sends off some major league cards too.
Better than jokes about my shiny Dickey would be mentioning my handsome little Dickey, right? Right? Hello? Is this thing on?
Back to the bread and butter of ZZ, the rookie prospects. Here is a six pack of Extra Edition. I have heard of two of these guys, so in that arena I am batting a cool .333.
There was a bit of gratuitous junk wax, which is fine, but what makes these stand out is the immortal Kelvin Torve, the first Mets player since Willie Mays to wear #24 (the number is unofficially retired). Hey, it's nice to have something to be remembered for.
Some more major league cards. I have a soft spot for that Topps Ticket to Stardom set from a few years ago, so it was nice to see more of those, including a Jose Reyes insert I didn't have.
Seeing Luis Castillo going up for a pop-up is kind of a mean photo, Upper Deck. Mets fans know what I am talking about. Lets move on before I get mad.
There was a few more older Mets cards, including a tremendous 1972 Tug McGraw card that I somehow didn't have.
He also included some New Jersey Devils cards. I haven't bought much new hockey in the last decade or so, so these are always appreciated. It would have been even more appropriate if they were in their green and red uniforms, given the time I got this package.
Last but not least is the absolute highlight of all these cards:
In our first trade, Kenny included a Japanese David Wright card and even translated it for me. Here, he makes me a multiple David Wright Asian card collector with another oddball from the far east. He also wished me Happy Holidays in Japanese. So let me return the fond wishes here, on St. Patrick's Day mind you, and say thanks for Zapping me for Christmas, Kenny. I should probably take down my tree, now that I think of it.