Anyone who has followed my blog knows that my Long Term Project (LTP) has been to build up my Jays collection (Leafs LTP coming this fall...kind of a pun), and my initial goal was to hit 250 unique cards by the end of the year. Well, scratch that...the guys today sent me a huge stack, and I should be close to 300 cards by the time I'm done sorting them all. I'll show you a few of the highlights of the two boxes.
|What's got me chasing the diamond parallels??|
|Lineage group break pulls|
Some cool pulls from the Lineage group break, I'm lacking in autos for trade bait, even though it's only David DeJesus, it's still an auto. I was glad to see the Strasburg mini, I don't have much of him at all, and the 3D Mauer looks pretty cool as well (I will forever link Mauer with the Play Station commercial..."well played Mauer").
|Jays cards from the Lineage group break|
Some great cards for the Jays collection as well from the group break, and I will admit right now, that I was VERY wrong about Jose Bautista. When he signed his big contract a while back, I spoke up on the Tao of Stieb blog and said that the Jays overpaid for him, and he wouldn't hit more than 25 HR's this year (ha....he's got 37 now and counting...).
|The best outfield in baseball in the first half of the 80's|
I still can remember Barfield gunning down base runners with his cannon of an arm...I remember George Bell hitting 3 HR's on opening day in KC...I remember Shaker Moseby running down fly balls in the old Exhibition Stadium (TO's version of a mistake by the lake) and stealing 30+ bases a yr for 5 yrs in a row. By the way, for my readers out there, any of your teams have a dynamic outfield trio for 7-8 years like we had in Toronto? Post in the comments please, it definitely will be educational for me, and likely the subject of a post or 3 in the future.
|Three other cards that I really like|
Eric sent me a couple of autos, and I know that these players are not household names, but the cards really popped for me. (I guess what they say about small minds liking shiny things is true....lol) In addition, I've always liked Dick Perez's artwork, and this sketch of Halladay I really liked, even though it's not the greatest representation of Roy.
One thing I learned as well today, the Lineage cards are growing on me. Honestly, they are overpriced, but the design is simple and not cluttering up the whole front of the card. If the price point on this was more around the $2.50 mark per pack, then I might be tempted to go after the set.
Thanks again to Eric and Chris for the great trades...be sure to check out their blogs, both of them have some very entertaining reading...
Thanks for reading, Robert