Well, even though my Christmas Day was cardboard-free, I've been doing pretty well with getting padded envelopes through the mail in the past few days.
Yesterday, I got another package from Jim, proprietor of Garvey Cey Russell Lopes. He sent me a pretty good little stack of Topps cards from the early '00s, with some lesser known Padres in the mix (I know, I know - were there any "known" Padres besides Gwynn and Hoffman during that time? Probably not, but these were "lesser known" even for me). They'll be getting their day on the blog down the road. For now, just the highlights...
These were my favorites from the Topps pile, even though I'm usually not a fan of these sets in general.
Thought that horribly obvious airbrushing was a thing of the past? Take a look at that Jason Bay card and think again. My family is visiting from San Diego, and my dad thought that it was supposed to be some sort of "painted look". Pretty sure it wasn't intentional.
I thought it was cool that Jim sent this Grady Little card. I've mentioned that I really like cards with players and their kids on them, but this is the first manager/kid combo that I've acquired. This one is even serial numbered out of 2003, for what it's worth.
Lastly, Khalil Greene's rookie card, which shoots up into my list of favorite KG cards. Why so serious Khalil?
The best part of the trade by far were some oddball-types of Padres from across the years. At first glance, I didn't think that these were all from the same set, since the design for each is so different looking. However, they have the same feel and finish, so I knew they were "together".
Doing some research, these came out in 2003, and were a set of 13. I'm guessing there was some voting about the best Padres from each position, since there's eight position players, four pitchers (two starters and two relievers) and a manager in the set. With the four cards that Jim sent me, I'm 31% of the way there. These are pretty cool, even though I prefer In-N-Out to Carl's Jr. everyday of the week.
Anyways, thanks for the great cards, Jim! Lots of good stuff to add to the binders here.