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The Autograph Bug

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Last Friday was our Little League’s night at the Trenton Thunder. It’s fun, the kids get to walk around the field and stand by the players for the national anthem. Then we all get to sit together in the stands and watch the kids get hopped up on cotton candy and staying up too long past their bedtime.

It’s a wonderful benchmark for me to see how my son’s perspective on the game has changed. Two years ago he was overawed by the field and couldn’t pay attention to the game. the highlight for him was when I surprised him with his very own Thunder cap. Last year he was getting into the action a bit and discovered the stats on the scoreboard. His interest in the stats and what they meant is partially what led me toward baseball cards again. This year? He’s keeping score, really paying attention to what’s going on, and has expressed an interest in getting autographs.

Yeah.

My mother is totally laughing at me now.

The big buzz from the kids in the know was that Greg Bird was rehabbing.* So a bunch of the kids had high hopes for getting his signature. Unfortunately for them Bird signed while all the kids were in the outfield preparing for the anthem.

*Not being a Yankees fan I’m not in the loop with who’s rehabbing where.

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I missed out on Bird as well (was going to have to use my ticket stub like I did with Matsui) but did grab a photo. He was great though. Signed everything (sadly moving away from me). Posed for photos. Super-accomodating with the fans in a way that I’ve not seen from many players at any level of baseball. It was refreshing to see.

The game itself was great. Minor league ball can be bad at times but this one was fast-paced with good pitching. Brian Keller only had one run of support but it was enough as he took a no-hitter into the 6th and finished with a nice line of eight innings pitched allowing no runs, one hit, and striking out four while throwing just over 100 pitches. Bird gave the fans a nice show with a solo homer for the insurance run in the 8th and the game was over in just over two hours.

My son meanwhile had decided that he wanted to get his program autographed by Jay Bell. He’d seen my card earlier and since Bell is on the cover of the program this was a logical first step. Plus he sort of wanted to test himself to see if he’d even have the courage to ask.

So we headed over to the dugout after the game to see if we could catch Bell. No luck. Instead, since it was only 9:00 I figured we could hang around the locker room door for a while. We ended up being there for an hour and I got to watch him transform. He was indeed too shy and let the first handful of players go.* Eventually though he gathered enough courage to ask Jhalen Jackson for a signature. And after that it was all easy and each success just made him happier and happier.

*Including Dillon Tate who I would’ve chased down had he not been wearing headphones and giving off a clear “don’t bother me” vibe.

It was a joy to watch and I understand why my mom was willing to wait so long for me during my autograph hunts decades ago. It’s nice to see kids just having fun being fans and appreciating all the players as part of the team. No focusing on the stars or prospects, instead all that mattered was whether they wore the uniform.

Having him there put a smile on the players’ faces. Most of them hung around to make sure they signed for the three kids (who were all sharing my son’s pen) and the energy of the little crowd was extremely positive. There was so much excitement whenever the door opened (except the one time they were distracted and someone scared them) that it rubbed off on everyone else. The other, more-seasoned autograph collectors all had smiles on their faces too and it ended up being a fun hour despite the cold.

By the end of the night my son had no qualms about talking to the players and had quite a collection on his program. 17 autographs: 15 players plus 2 coaches including Jay Bell the ex-Major Leaguer.

Signature IDs from top to bottom, left to right:
Matt Frawley #13
Ben Ruta, Tim Norton (pitching coach), Ryan Lidge #36
Trey Amburgey #14, James Reeves #61
Mandy Alvarez (upside down)
Jay Bell (manager), Brian Keller #31
Chris Gittens #34
Jhalen Jackson #25, Gosuke Katoh, Ryan Bollinger #28
Jeff Hendrix, Bruce Caldwell #12 (upside down)
Jordan Foley #30, Jorge Saez #18

I’m just glad that most of the guys put their uniform numbers by their names so I could ID them.

The highlights on this—aside from Jhalen Jackson who’s now sort of a permanent hero for my son the way Mike Aldrete is for me—are:

  • Brian Keller—that night’s starting pitcher who deserved all the congratulations we gave him.
  • Jeff Hendrix—that night’s starting center fielder who drove in the go-ahead run.
  • Mandy Alvarez—the 3rd baseman who my son was by for the anthem and who told all the kids asking him for autographs that he’d sign after the game.
  • Chris Gittens—who drove in the winning run in extra innings in the previous game we attended this season.

Of course I also had my card from Peter that I wanted to try and get signed. When Bell did finally emerge from the clubhouse, my son was super chatty and told him, “my dad brought a card of you with a c0w!”

So yeah a success on all fronts. The card did get a bit of a chuckle from Bell and he commented, “that was a long time ago,” when he signed it.

I also got Bell’s 1994 Pacific card signed. I would never have attempted a glossy card like this when I was a kid but I wanted to see what happened if you rub it with a dryer sheet first. Looks like a decent tip. I’m not a huge fan of this set/design since it runs a bit low-contrast in its photo processing. That low-contrast look though really makes a signature pop so I’m pleased with this as well.

It was a good night for both of us. My son was extremely excited and happy and is already planning his next autograph adventure. Despite being two-hours past his bedtime he was all hopped up and took a while before he went to bed. Needless to say he has the bug.

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A pair of PWEs

What’s more fun than a random plain white envelope mailday? When you get two plain white envelopes with cards inside. The first envelope is from Colbey (@flywheels) who blogs at Cardboard Collections. Colbey runs a monthly (or so) cheap base-card-centered box break. I’ve joined a few and been pleased by the outcomes. For a couple bucks I can get a Giants team set or two as well as random second team which may or may not hit my project interests.

It’s a fun way to catch up on cards that I either have never heard of or won’t be going out of my way to get. I don’t normally blog about cards I purchase and breaks generally fall into that category. The latest break however didn’t fill completely so Colbey ended up with a bunch of extra teams and was nice enough to send me a handful of cards of Stanford guys from those teams.

The latest break was 1994 Select and 1995 Score Series 2. I had the Giants and the A’s and in addition to getting a complete set of Giants cards also got a handful of the 1995 Gold Rush cards as well. The A’s sets weren’t complete but had a bunch of guys I remember from my youth as well. I’m very pleased.

Getting the McCarty and Sprague cards are just icing on the cake. I kind of dig the Select design even though there are lots of problems in it. But the photos are interesting and I like the way it uses team colors for the duotone image.*

*No it’s not actually a duotone. That would be awesome. It’s only a 4-color pseudotone. And why yes of course I louped it.

1995 is a set I don’t like much but enjoy having. The gold parallels are surprisingly nice though. I normally don’t like that kind of thing but in this case they’re a huge improvement

Colbey also included this 1989 Cap’n Crunch card. It’s kind of hideous in a wonderful way. I wish Panini were doing things like this instead of the Diamond Kings since anything logoless makes me get all excited for food issues. It is weird to see a logoless Topps set though.

Thanks Colbey for both running the breaks and being generous with the extras! And if anyone else is interested in cheap base-card-centered breaks give @flywheels a follow or subscribe to his blog.

The other envelope was from Peter. Just a few cards in it but very much appreciated.

Two Willie Mays cards form the 1990s. One of the weird things for me about the 90s is how retired legends started to show up more and more on checklists. When I started collecting you had to go to TCMA or Pacific to get those cards and they were clearly not Real™ cards. Don’t get me wrong, they were wonderful for me as a kid to get cards of Hall of Famers which I could learn from. But they were kind of afterthoughts to the flagship sets of the time.

All that changed in the 1990s when more and more cards featuring retired players became part of flagship releases. It’s still weird for me to see them show up in sets yet at the same time I still feel that giddy thrill that comes with holding a Willie Mays card.

The reason Peter sent me this envelope though was to get me this Jay Bell card. It’s one thing to get a regular junk wax card autographed. It’s quite another to hand a guy a card featuring him milking a cow on artificial turf. He’d just received it in a mailing himself and I had commented that that was exactly the kind of thing I should bring to a Thunder game. One week later it showed up in my mailbox just in time for me to go to a game the following night. Did I get it signed? Tune in to tomorrow’s post.

Thanks Peter! A PWE is always fun to find. But one with a cow card is extra special.

Back in the saddle again

I’ve been attending Trenton Thunder games for a few seasons now. At first it was just taking advantage of their 10:30 education days and grabbing a midweek game when the kids are in school. With the pitch clock most games last under 2½ hours so I’m back home by 1:30 and don’t even have to buy lunch.* It’s a lot of fun and with all the school groups has reminded me of attending games when I was a kid. No I wasn’t one of those kids crashing the dugout demanding a ball every half-inning, it’s just that there’s something in the energy of the crowd and watching the game with a bunch of kids that reminds me of being that age.

*This doesn’t stop some guys from rushing to get their last beers in the 7th inning despite it being noon.

The local Little League also has a fundraising night at the Thunder which I’ve attended with my eldest the past two years (tonight, weather-permitting, is this year’s game). Last year his best friend and he noticed the scoreboard and the stats and started asking all kinds of questions about what they meant, what was good, and what was bad. It was this conversation that led me to stick my nose into a card shop since demonstrating an interest in stats and the players is kind of exactly what makes someone collect cards. And besides I was willing to do anything to get him to drop Pokémon.

One year later and my son is now keeping score* and into baseball cards. And I’m into cards again but also remembering what it’s like to collect autographs.** I’m not turning into a big-time serious old-dude autograph hound but at one of the recent Thunder games I hung out on the railing to see how things went and get a sense of how the stadium works. It’s nice just standing there at field level. Being able to lean out and look into the dugout. Getting that sense of how the pregame routines work and seeing the players—who are still as large as I remember them but are now all kids too—get ready for the game.

*With some assistance. And naturally the first game we kept score together went to extra innings and I had to figure out what to do with the automatic runner on second base.

**Just in time since my eldest has also expressed an interest in getting autographs while also expressing serious concerns about whether he’ll have the courage to ask. I don’t mind doing some legwork to point out where he should go but I’m not going to do the asking for him either.

And you bet I had some cards with me. Not a lot since I don’t collect Bowman but Jay Bell is the Thunder manager this season so of course I have a few of his cards handy. I only got one signed but I’ve always liked the blue sharpie on the silver spot-ink cards. Bell’s one of the last guys out of the dugout after the game so this is a pretty easy signature to get.

I also already had my first never travel without a spare ball experience. Hideki Matsui is currently advising with the Thunder as well. When the Thunder win he comes out for handshakes, signs a few items, then ducks back into the clubhouse.

I don’t have an official MLB baseball but ticket stubs make decent emergency autograph items. The last game I went to went long. All the schoolkids had to bail at 1:00 to go back to school so when the game finally ended there were maybe 75 of us in the house. I figured it was as perfect a chance to get Matsui’s signature as I’d ever get. No crowd, just three of us with sharpies and items and yup, success!

It’s been over two decades since I last did this. Feels kind of good to do it again and I’m fondly remembering how low-key minor league autograph hunting is. I’m nowhere near the oldest guy on the railing and everyone makes plenty of room for the kids to get signatures on whatever they can find. And the players are all super nice about things. I’m looking forward to spending more time on the railing and it’ll be fun when my son joins me…even if it means that he ends up liking all these guys should they make it up to the Yankees.

Diamond Kings from Dub

One of the most important lessons of the modern card-collecting landscape is to learn that you cannot collect everything and, by extension, which specific sets are your thing and which ones are not. Panini’s current crop of unlicensed logoless sets? Very much not my thing. Diamond Kings’ with their photos that have been altered to look like paintings and crazy colored backgrounds? Also not my thing. And that’s not even getting into the way that these checklists are like 100 cards.

Still, I’ve been seeing lots of people opening packs and boxes and posting their hits and despite not feeling any compulsion to buy this product, I’ve noticed some extremely interesting things going on with the way it’s been produced. The paper looks to have a texture and the finish is not the usual gloss UV coating. While I don’t need a pack, I recognized that I’d probably end up acquiring a common or two so as to investigate how they were made.

Enter Joey/@DubMentality who, in addition to being one of the most generous guys on card twitter with regard to sending cards to people, has a personal blog dedicated to the junk wax glory days and also pops up on other sites writing about newer sets. I especially like his series on Beckett where he interviews card shop proprietors. Anyway I’d responded to his review of Diamond Kings with a few comments/questions about the production and he popped a plain white envelope full of Giants in the mail for me so I could answer them myself.

Said PWE arrived yesterday so in addition to now feeling like part of the club to have received a mailday from Joey, I’m happy to add some Giants cards I never intended to buy to the binders and geek out on some printing and production.

First impressions? Interesting. I’m still not a fan of the general design with the photoshopped painting effect that couldn’t even fix McCutchen’s jersey to have orange highlights and not be obviously the Pirates, but these work a lot better in person than they do in photos. The whole effect—paper finish, Photoshop filter, color palette—shows a lot more consideration than the autopilot design process that many of Topps’s sets seem to display. That said, it’s pretty clear that the smoke/unpainted portion of the cards is exactly the same card-to-card so there’s still a lot of templating going on in ways that undermine the intended effect.

Printproductionwise though these are super interesting. The cardboard itself is indeed textured. Looking at all the photos everyone else was posting I thought it was like a linen uncoated stock.* In person I can see it’s actually coated stock which feels closer to the cambric texture on casino-quality playing cards.** The coating allows for much more vibrant colors*** and Panini has wisely decided to varnish the cards rather than UV coat them so as to not bury the texture beneath a layer of plastic.

*The framed “hit” cards appear to use an uncoated laid stock for the frame and the pair of textures works surprisingly well for me. Also getting images of paper textures online is surprisingly hard to find. However Wikipedia’s Laid article isn’t bad. The Linenizing one on the otherhand…

**Typically the Bee brand. Cambric is a more fabric-looking texture as opposed to the more-familar air-cushion texture on Bicycle cards.

***I was half-expecting something less contrasty like 1996 or 1997 Fleer.

The result is cards that don’t have that distinctive UV coated smell that bursts out of most packs and which, because of the paper texture, actually sort of look like paintings. I was surprised to see that I didn’t mind the logolessness with these. Something about the painting effect means that small details don’t have to be there.

Where the base cards don’t grab me, the Orlando Cepeda Gallery of Stars card is wonderful and captures some of the old-school Diamond Kings appeal. Yes it’s not actually a painting but something about this—whether it’s the pose or the cropping—feels more like what this style is supposed to look like.

While not something I’d want a huge set of, as an insert or insert set it’s massively successful. It’s not supposed to look like a regular baseball card, it’s supposed to look like a Diamond King. And it does. The cambric texture isn’t necessary but it’s a fantastic level of detail which seals the deal.

On feEling and handling

When I was scanning these cards for the post, because of the texture and the way it made me think of playing cards, instead of immediately returning these to the penny sleeves that Joey sent them in I gathered up the four cards into a stack and quickly thumbed them from one hand to the other in the way I’d look at my hand in Hearts or Bridge. They feel great. No sticking like a lot of the UV coated sets. No constant awareness of the surface of the card the way a lot of junk wax (but even Heritage) feels. These just glide from hand-to-hand in a way that makes me want to continue to handle them.

It’s massively appealing in a tactile way that I’ve never encountered before with baseball cards. There’s a certain joy in ripping open a pack and shuffling through your brand new stack; the way the cards feel against each other is such a key component of that sensation. A fresh pack of Diamond Kings must feel amazing.

So now I kind of want a set of cards which is designed to be held and sorted and resorted rather than hermetically sealed aside from the brief moment between opening the packs and paging the pile.

Stadium Club mailday!

Stadium Club is a set which I really love. As a photography geek I appreciate how much more varied the images are and how they’re often the things which we don’t see on regular cards. It’s a set which reminds me of how interesting baseball cards can be and gives me hope for the future of the hobby.

Unfortunately, I started running into tons of duplicates very quickly last year. Before I even had a third of the set complete I had purchased a hanger pack which was 100% duplicates. Not impressive. I mentally expect a duplication rate roughly comparable to the percent of the set which I have completed. Getting a pack of 100% duplicates so early was my sign to stop buying the product.

Jenny Miller (@JennyMiller521) is a relatively new arrival to card twitter and card blogging but she hit the ground running with positive contributions to the community, some nice cheap card sales, and a bit of trading. She got a lot further in her Stadium Club set build than I did but one of the last handful of cards she was missing was one of the stack of duplicates I’d ended up with. So I sent it off in a plain white envelope since it’s always nice to help someone complete their set.

As a response, Jenny got ahold of my set need list and realized she could help me out with a ton of my missing Stadium Club. And by a ton I mean a ton.

This is extremely generous and I’m going to have to figure out a proper response to thank her. There’s too much here to go one-by-one through each card but this is a set which I’ll just enjoy looking through. Action shots, posed shots, candid shots, telephoto shots, wide shots, pre-game shots, post-game shots, there’s so much variety in the images reflecting the variety in the game.

With Topps having an exclusive license which gives them almost a monopoly on current baseball cards, we’ve lost a lot of the variety in photo editing that we had in the 80s and 90s. Fleer, Score, and Upper Deck in particular all had very different taste in what kind of images they felt made good cards and together they forced Topps to up its game by 1991. Now, most of the Topps sets can almost be defined by their dominant photo style. Heritage harks back to the exclusively-posed images of the 1960s. Flagship meanwhile is mostly tightly-cropped action and exertion.

Stadium Club though has a bit of everything. It’s going to be interesting next year when Heritage moves to the 1970 design since that year’s photography has a bit of everything too.

All Autograph Team

So Zippy Zappy over at Torren’ Up Cards has ofered up a fun blog bat aorund idea in that he’s challenged everyone to put together their all-time autograph lineup. I’ve gone ahead and changed my side a little so instead of the suggested pitching choices of one starter, 2 relievers, and a closer, I’m going with a left-handed starter, right-handed starter, and closer. I’ve also decided to restrict this to in-person autographs only.

Oh, and the honorable mention lists aren’t comprehensive and only reflect other players who I seriously considered putting in that slot.

Catcher

Bob Boone 1976 Topps

Bob Boone

Honorable mention: Rick Dempsey

Given my collecting interests, it’s no surprise that most of this lineup is Giants-related. Boone however is an exception. Yes he’s part of my Stanford collection but I got this card signed when my family took a trip to Seattle in 1993* and he was coaching the Tacoma Tigers.

*A trip which I’ve blogged about on here before.

Looking through my signatures, I have a lot of catchers. This is partially because the Giants went through a ton of them when I was a kid* but there are also a decent number of them who became minor league coaches too.**

*Bob Brenly, Terry Kennedy, Kirt Manwaring, and Jim McNamara among the ones whose signatures I got.

**Dick Dietz, Boone, and Dempsey were all minor league coaches.

Of the bunch Boone and Dempsey stand out as roughly-comparable long career, good-player guys but I went with Boone for personal reasons.

1st Base

Will Clark 1987 Topps

Will Clark

I’ve blogged about this card before. First base is a remarkable comparison to my catchers collection. I have very few first basemen represented in my autograph collection. The main reason of course is that Will Clark meant the Giants were very stable at first base when I was a kid—though yes I do have backups like Mike Aldrete and Todd Benzinger in my collection as well.

No honorable mentions here since the only real competition in my collection for this spot I’ve moved to the DH/PH position.

2nd base

Robby Thompson 1987 Topps

Robby Thompson

Honorable mention: Tito Fuentes

Second base is another position at which I have very few signatures. Robby Thompson was the main guy for most of my autograph-collecting years and the nature of the position is such that backups are general utility players. That Robby’s one of four 10+ year players who only played for the Giants will alway make me happy to have his autograph.

Shortstop

Royce Clayton

Honorable mention: José Uribe

I’m also pretty thin at shortstop. Of my in-person guys Clayton’s my best sample and I have fond memories of both him and Uribe. Both of them were fan favorites in their own way though I think Uribe’s legacy lives on through the chant that resurfaced in 2010 with Juan Uribe. Clayton meanwhile was one of the first rookies who I felt like I was truly investing in. I’d seen him play in San José and he looked like such the promising new star when he broke into majors. As usual things didn’t pan out that way but he still had a decent career.

Shortstop though is really the only position where I want to include a purchased signature and slide Ernie Banks in here instead.

3rd Base

Jeff Brantley, Al Rosen, Dusty Baker, Tito Fuentes

Al Rosen

Honorable mention: Jim Ray Hart, Ken Oberkfell, Matt Williams

Okay third base meanwhile is pretty loaded. I probably should’ve gone with Matt Williams but there’s something about Al Rosen that I’ve always liked. I got his signature as the Giants General Manager* and had only a vague sense of him having been a good ball player in the past. As I’ve gotten older I’ve gained a better appreciation and need to pick up a few of his cards.

*More about this ball here.

Left field

Barry Bonds

Honorable mention: Billy Williams

No real contest here but the Hall of Famer or not question did come into play. I don’t need to say anything about Barry but I should mention that this is a photo my mom took so I’m happy to have this specific item signed.

Center Field

Willie Mays

Another obvious choice which needs no explanation. The best player and signature in my collection. Period.

Right Field

Bobby Bonds

Honorable mention: Willie McGee

It’s kind of funny. I’ve a bunch of left and centerfielders in my collection—none of which are close to being considered here. Right field meanwhile is much more wide open yet I have only a few contenders. Bonds is a choice I’m perfectly happy with though as he’s a player I’ve always liked and it was a joy to see him coaching his son as well.

Left-handed pitcher

Vida Blue

Honorable mention: Bud Black, Atlee Hammaker, Bobby Shantz, Trevor Wilson

Going a bit longer on the honorable mentions for the starting pitchers since I was playing with doing a full rotation. Vida Blue though is really the only choice for me here.

Right-handed pitcher

Bob Feller

Honorable mention: Mike Mussina, Gaylord Perry, Luis Tiant, Bob Veale

Another loaded position. Almost, almost went with Moose. Also considered going with a full rotation so as to get Perry and Tiant onto the list as well. In the end though Feller wins out. I’ll do a full blogpost about this ball and his appearance at San José at some point.

Closer

Rod Beck

Honorable mention: Mike Jackson

Loved Beck as a personality. And he was great as a closer since he was one of the few I’ve seen who aren’t just strikeout guys. By having such a dominant splitter you knew he could coax key double plays and work out of jams in ways that many closers just can’t.

PH/DH/Platoon

Orlando Cepeda

Orlando Cepeda

Probably should’ve slotted him in as First Base. Yes it’s entirely appropriate to try and get him into the lineup in a non-ideal position. But there was no way I was going to leave him off this list. Anyway I’ve already written more about him on this blog.

And that’s about it. I’m pretty happy with the lineup as it is. If I were to open up the field to non-in-person autographs, aside from the obvious Ernie Banks inclusion I’d have to figure out how to get Frank Robinson, Duke Snider, Hank Aaron, and Wille Stargell into the mix. Let’s just say that I’ve have a stacked outfield.

Thanks for the blog prompt Zippy (or is it Zappy). This was fun!

Oddballs from Tony

Over Easter weekend Tony (@OffHiatusBBC) put out a call for searchlists. I flagged mine and late last week a package arrived. Given Tony’s focus on oddballs there were a lot of great things inside—including a bunch of cards I’ve never even heard of.

Nice to get another 1987 Opening Day card. That’s such a weird set but with every passing year where sets lose more and more of a sense of identity it’s wonderful to see a set with such a concise description—in this case literally the entire MLB opening day starting lineup.

Topps Big is always welcome. I love the late-80s take on the 1956 design and these cards still look great. It’s also nice to finish my Giants team set of 1991 Stadium Club. Stadium Club was one of those sets which I loved at the time even though I couldn’t afford it. Full-bleed cards and a more photographic look were super cool to me at the time. They’re kind of quaint now but serve as a nice reminder of where we’ve come from.

I’d never heard of Holsum Bread let alone the discs. These are cool and totally up my alley as an unlicensed regional food issue in a funky shape. The only problem is that they‘re slightly too big to fit in a 9-pocket sheet. I’d also not heard of the Jimmie Dean cards but at least I’ve heard of the brand. Anyway the five Holsum and Jimmie Dean cards are the highlight of this package.

The last card in this photo is a 2013 Tim Lincecum variant. Not sure how Tony knew I didn’t have this but I didn’t and I’m very happy to have it now.

Tony also included the 11 Will Clark cards in the Playball USA set. I have no idea what these are. They’re not food issues and the backs feel like unlicensed Broders At first I thought these were part of a game but I no longer that’s the case. Anyway the 11-card player set thing reminds me of those Star sets which were all over in the late 80s and early 90s.

And the two silver cards are 1992 Upper Deck MVP holograms of Will Clark and Dave Righetti. While some holograms scan nicely these do not. They look good in person though and I’m a sucker for any of those all-hologram cards that Upper Deck released in the early 90s.

Most of the package though was 1990 Upper Deck. I really like this set as a huge improvement over 1989 both photo-wise and design-wise. I will be pursuing it at some point but it’s always good to have an extra team set for the binder too.

Yes there are two Padres cards in here. This happens fairly frequently actually. The Padres and Giants logos and colors were close enough in the 80s/90s that things could be confusing at a first glance. I’ve had the same thing happen with random Pirates cards sneaking into maildays as well.

Thanks Tony! As I detailed in my previous post about your 2018 mailday I will be setting aside Brewers for you when I get them. Which is rarely. But I’ll find a way to get a return package to you eventually.