It figures that the 2 days I have off I end up doing very little blog related. I did update the SNI checklist, which now shows 20 cards remaining (I believe). I also took a little time for myself and went to the Super Target nearby (it's nice to only have to drive 5 miles to get to a Target now instead of 30) and found the last 3 rack packs of Allen & Ginter.
Yes, that's right, I said A&G. A product that I had sworn off of a few years ago. With just a limited amount of my collection on hand right now, and my desire to begin set building here in the land of palm trees increasing, I decided to try a few packs and see what's what.
I like it.
Similar to the Hometown Heroes insert set and other larger A&G insert sets from the past, the Starting Points set highlights the first game for each player listed. I especially liked the Giancarlo Stanton card back, where it states that Stanton was the youngest player with a 3 hit debut since Danny Ainge (!) of the Blue Jays in 1979. Who would have thought?
The Polio Vaccine card was kind of disturbing to see; I guess I'm used to vaccine being administered with needles, not holding a kids mouth open and dropping the goods straight in. The Hindenberg airship card also had some interesting facts on the back as well. Maybe that's A&G's allure for me, the interesting things that I learn when reading the card backs.
I was really surprised to pull this Wil Myers relic card out of the 3rd pack, but at the same time I was disappointed because if you notice on the left hand side of the card, the outer layer (coating?) is peeling. I don't think that I've ever had a card come out of the pack like this. Who knows, there may be a Padres fan out there that still might be interested in it.
I pulled a SP card out of each of the packs, which was also a plus. It's probably going to take me a while to put the set together, what with the normal funds that I have for collecting reduced a bit with the move, but I figure it's something that will keep me occupied for a while.
If anyone needs any of the inserts I showed here, please let me know and I'll send them your way.
thanks for reading, Robert