First off, some Gypsy Queen goodness.
Cal Ripken is one of my favorite non-Padres of all time. Great player, great guy. When I was nine, the Little League team I played for was the orange team. My dad was the coach, so he let me choose the team name. I chose the Orioles. At the time, I was the shortstop, so I chose jersey number 8, the same as Cal. That year, our regular catcher got injured, so my dad made me step in. I hated it at first (I think I even remember crying because I loved pitching and playing short), but I ended up loving it, and playing there until high school. Anyways, love this card, looks SO awesome. Another Hall of Famer, Nolan Ryan. He's getting a TON of love this year from Topps, and I think it's a good thing.
One of the coolest play at the plate cards that I've seen featuring a Padre. Unfortunately, I think this Diamondback was safe. He also sent me a bunch of Padres from this set, which will get their time on the blog soon enough.
As a bonus, Matt sent me the 2012 Archives cards that he had from a break that he did last month.
There are more re-prints of Padres than there are Padres in the base set. I think it'd be cool if Randy Jones got included in these reprints. He was a two time All-Star and Cy Young award winner. No Hall of Famer, but nothing to sneeze at.
All in all, a great trade from a great blogger! Thanks Matt! Hope you enjoy those Cubbies!