I sent Night Owl some Dodgers a few weeks ago (or is it months at this point), and here’s what I got in return:
Starting it off with some Cubs and A&G wantlist minis...
I am unsure of what that Leon Durham is. It’s not really a card, it’s on paper that’s about newsprint thick. Whatever it is though, I do like it. 🙂
Straight outta 1960, it's 2009 Topps Hertage... and a couple Target blaster throwbacks
Makes me want to get some more actual 1960 topps Cubbies to go with my lone card from that year, great defensive innovator (and pretty decent hitter to boot) Vic Power. And is Reed Johnson ever the right guy for an old school version or what? The hustle & effort, man. Granted, he’s gritty & hard-working because he’s no better than mediocrely talented, but still, hustle is a motivator for others sometimes… He will make a fine manager someday perhaps.
2009 O-Pee-Chee, approximately 1/8th of the Cubs base set... 😛
Wasn’t a fan of OPC this year. Not to say that some of the cards aren’t nicely designed (though plenty of photography stinkers there are). Not enough cards for the price of admission, considering the ginormity of the set. If they were eight or more cards per pack with the same insert & hit rate for the $45 or so hobby boxes were going for when it first came out, I *might* have picked up a box.
This brings me to gripe I should mention to Upper Deck sometime if I ever get a live mic with someone with some stroke there. Upper Deck does not seem to even be able to grasp the concept of low end (flagship VERY aside). Even the surprisingly decent Upper Deck X suffers from the low end-itis a bit.
Let’s continue with the pretty pictures of baseball cards then, shall we?
Another OPC, some '09 Goudey, '09 UDX, Attax, and '08 Timeline
Thusfar, my favorite Upper Deck brand of the year is UDX. Is that crazy or what? I didn’t hate ’08 (one of the few, the proud), and the ’09 version was a vast improvement. It’s the only baseball product truly geared towards kids too, aside from topps’ surprisingly excellent flagship.
Goudey was sometimes not pretty this year, but the Cubbies I received looked fine for the most part. The Uncanny Valley ookiness is mercifully kept to a minimum.
I still don’t like the Timeline base design, but there is something about the blue on it that give it a certain I don’t know what.
Attax are Attax. Rolling out a new game every year or two and never sticking with one can’t be helping the baseball CCG cause, I’m just sayin’.
Tristar & Bowman & a different Zambrano & topps Chrome
It’s a shame Tristar’s stuff gets no love, because most of their stuff looks very good, better than Boredom Bowman most years.
I think that’s the first ’94 Fleer Ultra Cubbie I’ve got. I was going to say the mid-’90s (’94-’98ish), were a good place to start for my Cubs collection needs, but really, I don’t have that many from just about any era. Vintage aside, mid-’90s is certainly a very low point, but I don’t even have that many junk wax era Cubbies, particularly of the non-topps persuasion. I guess this is because while I’ve been collecting cards since 1996, it’s only been the last couple of years that baseball cards became my top priority.
Fonsie, just… try to come back healthy next year, ‘kay?
2009 Upper Deck Cubs
There they are. Amazing that through all the horrible offseason moves, injuries, and just bad years in general, the Cubs finished over .500 in 2009.
Cards from the dark ages...
Well, the late-’80s/early-’90s were colorful, if nothing else.
'09 Icons & more '09 Allen & Ginter needs
Icons are kinda meh and the foil parallels are mostly fugly, but the blue does the halfhearted baseball design some good. And there’s Fukudome, the whole reason for the trade in the first place. Someday, I’m going to update my A&G trade page.
Some great great cards from the man with one of the 5 coolest names in the sports card blogosphere (along with Wicked Ortega, Mojo Hand, Collective Troll, and yours truly, Lonestarr, modesty aside ;P). Give it up for Night Owl one more time!
Oh, Mr. Owl, do you still need the Broxton All-Star card from Updates & Highlights? If so, I will send it along with the Kershaw & any other stuff I might have.
That’s all for this post. Just a reminder, only about a dozen guesses have been made in the contest so far, so keep ’em coming. Remember, even if you’re guess is wrong, you’ll still be in the drawing for a chance at the four football cards.