Friday, July 24, 2015

A Card of Metal from JBF

Jaybarkerfan's Junk dropped a nice little surprise on me before my trip to Texas last weekend, but I thought I would use it as the carrot in front of my nose to help me get through the twelve hour car drive back to P-town.  This was the right move. Wes' packages not only contain great cardboard mojo, but they can be very motivational, too!
Thanks, Bro!

As usual, there was a great array of cards in the package from Wes.  First we have some shiny chrome.  I thought the gold chrome would have a serial number on it, but I guess I was wrong. Can you believe LaTroy Hawkins is pitching in his twenty-first season?  And pitching fairly well I might add.
The Hawkins filled a gap in the FrankenSet!

A fine looking DLee and a framed Diamond King Nomar for the binder!
The Nomar is a new addition to the FrankenSet!

 Starting Lineup cards of Mark Grace.  Where does Wes find these types of cards?

Walton seemed like a one year wonder to me.  I'm hoping Logan Watkins can rehab his Achilles injury and become at least that in the future for the Cubs, if not more. 
The Walton is a new addition to the FrankenSet!

Here comes the mojo!  A dual bat relic of The Hawk from Topps Tribute numbered to 75. Nice!

 Javy is starting his rehab assignment soon. Maybe next week?  His cards are always welcome in my collection, especially cards from high end product of which I never purchase.
 I bought a metric ton of 2013 Bowman, but I never found the blue paper parallel of Baez. Awesome score!

Did I read somewhere that Topps is ditching the Bowman Platinum line?  Honestly, I think I'm okay with that decision.  They were nice to look at, but in my eye the market is flooded with sets. 

Here's the other die-cut card (Moises Alou) in the team bag and the lowest numbered card as well (ARam 24/25).

I'm guessing there are over 300 different "career win" cards in the set of Greg Maddux?  I hope I'm wrong on that guess, otherwise what a nightmare for a player collector!

More serial numbered goodness: Prior, Sosa, Angel Guzman (x2), Ronny Cedeno and Jason Smith.

 Shiny and sparkly!  Two of my favorite things! M-I-C . . . K-E-Y . . . M-O-U-S-E!
New addition to the FrankenSet!

 Gioskar Amaya has been toiling away in the low minors for the last few years, but not without good reason.  He recently switched positions from second base to catcher.  He could wind up being a nice right-handed complement to Kyle Schwarber one day.

 Kerry Wood! The Freshman Orientation card is a duplicate, but the other two are new to me . . . sort of.
 I say sort of, because I now have three different variations of card 12B from 1999 Topps Tek.  The card on the right features patter number nineteen.  NINETEEN!

 Topps Stars 'N Steel?  I've never heard of this set before, but I think I'm in love.  The card is actually made of metal AND it's shiny!  Holy Cow!
 I bet a box of these would weigh ten pounds!  I may have to do a little shopping to see if I can find a pack of these to open.

There you go, folks!  That's one team bag chocked full of Cubs goodness right there.  I compared the cards to my Cubs FrankenSet and four made the cut, with the LaTroy Hawkins card filling a gap.  Also, he gave me my 397th, 398th, and 399th different Kerry Wood cards!  In total, Wes has supplied me with 65 different cards of Mr. Wood over the years. How cool is that?

Thanks for the package, Wes!  I'm already working on a return package, but I've hit a speed bump trying to track down a P-town Chiefs card of @BringerOfRain20 for you.  I will find it! Wish me luck!


  1. It's a damn shame for Logan that he got hurt so early this year; he would have probably gotten an opportunity to earn a role with the injuries to La Stella and Baez. He may be the odd man out now.

  2. Stars n Steel came in little books, each with four cards in them. If you come across any of the refractors or the backdoored specimens of that set's unreleased predecessor, "Topps Mint," let me know!

  3. I miss the craziness of Pacific cards. I'm convinced their whole staff dropped a bunch of acid before creating their cards.

  4. Man, I need to rush out the Kerry Wood I've been sitting on for you so I can be responsible for the 400 milestone!