ɹǝpun uʍop ɯoɹɟ ʇuɐıƃ ɐ

Earlier this week I found a simple plain white envelope from Jason in my mailbox. He has a knack for sending me weird stuff and this did not disappoint.

Nothing big but he figured I’d get a kick out of this 1996 Adelaide Giants card.* Which I did even though it appears that Adelaide was loosely affiliated with the Dodgers. Kym Ashworth spent a handful of years in the minors, most of them in the Dodgers organization, never getting above AA.

*Copyright says 1995 but Trading Card DB says 1996.

The other two cards in the envelope are earmarked for the boys…assuming they want a card of Kraig Hawkins, a journeyman minor leaguer who reached AAA, or Brian Murphy, who topped out at high-A and apparently went abroad to play in Australia.

Heck I’m not sure what I’m doing with the Giant either. It’s interesting to get a look at cards from abroad and see how they’re still recognizably 1990s with gradients and primary-colored geometric elements. Nor does the design look like something any US manufacturer made; it’s close to Collectors Choice but not close enough to be confused for it.

Is it something that’s going to live in my collection? Probably not. Am I going to hold on to it for a while anyway? I think so. It’s different enough and interesting enough that I’ll give it the chance to change my mind.

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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