I was fortunate enough to catch a tweet earlier in the week from Greg at the Night Owl Cards blog, offering up some of his massive stack of Dodgers doubles. I inquired about the availability of the 78-80 Topps portion of the doubles box, and during our twitter dialogue he informed me that an envelope was headed my way.
That envelope arrived last Thursday, and all the cards hit the Blue Jays want list, except for one solitary Dodger which knocked another number off the SNI list.
Let's take a look, shall we?
One of the earliest sets that I completed while writing this blog is the 2006 Topps set. This was in large part due to a large donation from Greg. Now, he finishes off the Blue Jays 2006 team set with these two cards:
On the back of Burnett's card, Topps mentioned that A.J. had the highest average fastball in MLB during 2005. The 95.6 average is quite impressive, although I'm not too sure that I can remember the 104mph pitch that the back of the card claims he threw during that season. I'm sure we would have heard more about it over the years with all the flame throwers that dominate the closer position now...
Greg sent a small sample of Panini needs my way. It's kind of disappointing that Panini isn't able to secure a MLB license, because cards like the Hometown Heroes Shawn Green on the right would have been so much better with the Jays logo.
Staying with the modern issues, this quintet of recent releases were all knocked off the want list. The A&G Melky Cabrera is one of the 2 Blue Jay SPs. The 2 opening day cards cut that list in half. Drew Hutchison has become a part of the Jays rotation this year, and has pitched OK so far with a 7-9 record and a 4.44 ERA. The Jays need to let him hit more, he's 2 for 3 so far this season!
Knock one more card of the serial insanity set. Jon Garland is serial #'d 715, and is the 33rd Dodger card out of 50 for the set. Just 355 more serial #'s to go.
Greg's note inside the envelope said there was a reminder of the good ol' days. Sure enough these three 1992 Donruss cards did just that. Greg Myers was actually traded during the 1992 season, right before the July 31st trade deadline in a deal that saw Mark Eichhorn return to the Jays. Both Duane Ward and Mike Timlin were integral parts of the teams that won the '92 and '93 World Series.
Speaking of the 1992 season, included in the package was something I hadn't seen in a very long time.
The one thing I got a kick out of when I read it was the note on the middle panel. All games on CJCL Radio 1430. With the Blue Jays having success in the previous seasons leading up to 1992, CJCL in Toronto realized there was a big opportunity to increase its listener base, and thus became Canada's first all sports radio channel. The station eventually migrated to AM 590, where it sits today as "The Fan 590", which I still listen to for Leafs broadcasts, and anytime I'm able to head home for visits with family and friends.
All in all, a great package, and very much appreciated. Thank you Greg!!
thanks for reading, Robert