🎶One of these kids is doing his own thing🎶

A surprise bubble mailer from Steve Cornell arrived last week. Well sort of a surprise. He’d given me aheads up saying that he was sending me some team set help but I still never expect a bubble mailer full of cards.

I especially don’t expect this kind of star power. The League Leaders cards are of course part of my searchlists. Since I only collect Giants cards these cards also represent the only cards of other stars I have in my collection.

So this is not only a huge bite out of my 1964 team set but it also represents my only vintage Koufax or Spahn card. Add Marichal to the mix and this represents a heck of a pitching lineup. And yeah despite the title of this blogpost Jim Maloney was pretty good too.

This is more like what I was expecting. The 1987 Topps set was my first set of cards. I didn’t know about the Traded set at the time and never picked it up later. As a result I’ve been looking for the 1987 Traded Giants. Not urgently—these fall into the category of cards that are overpriced online because it’s just not cost efficient to ship them—but it’ll be nice to cross that set off the search list.

These two cards leave me with just the Chris Speier on my search list. I have to admit that I fully expected Matt Williams to be the last one. Thankfully neither of these is an awful airbrush job. Both cards though are perfect representations of the typical portrait or action image I grew up seeing.

Six 2000 Topps cards leave me with just one card on my searchlist. Kind of. I’m missing a Barry Bonds card that has like a dozen different versions all with the same number. Ugh. I hate that kind of crap so I’ll just consider this complete as it is.

This design gets a bad rap because it falls in a run of ver similar-looking designs. I don’t hate it. I do think it would be better of the border and foil stamping were replaced with plain paper. I’m also not the biggest fan of the way Topps is using transparency effects here. Still, these images are zoomed and cropped well and some, like the Kent, are very nicely timed.

Eight 2003 Topps means I’m just missing the three Barry Bonds cards. I’m very happy to have the team card and it’s nice to have the stats on guys like Lofton, Durham, and Worrell who were key parts of that 2002 Pennant.

I hate the blue borders on this design and really wish they were white. A shame since otherwise these are very nice looking cards. It’s nice to have decent portraits mixed with the action images even if many of the images are extremely similar to each other.

The last cards in the mailer were these two from 2015. I actually had the gold parallels of these but I wanted the base cards as well. The Heston No Hitter card demonstrates the weirdness of doing highlights in the Update set since when it ends up getting paged with the 2014 World Series highlights.

The Romo card is one I really like since it has the special championship gold jersey which is also one of the only times in the last couple decades that the script Giants has shown up on the home whites.

Very cool Steve. Thanks!

Author: Nick Vossbrink

Blogging about Photography, Museums, Printing, and Baseball Cards from both Princeton New Jersey and the San Francisco Bay Area. On Twitter as @vossbrink, WordPress at njwv.wordpress.com, and the web at vossbrink.net

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