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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Blue Plate Special

If my love for 1991 Fleer and 1971 Topps has taught me anything (besides how cheap early 90s cards can be and how expensive early 70s cards can be), it's that I really like cards with colored borders.  While a large majority of cards seem to have white borders, the ones that go against the grain are the ones that I like the most.

When I was a kid, I don't think that I ripped many packs of '95 Collector's Choice, probably because the design didn't do a whole lot for me.  However, if I had known they were selling packs of only blue-bordered cards, I would've been all over it.

Andy Benes and Joey Hamilton have generic pitcher cards, but slap a blue border on it and BAM!  It's like a piece of art!  Eddie Williams gets the center treatment for this trio, because not only does it look like he's signing a baseball, but you can see good old Jack Murphy Stadium in the background.  Love it.

If they had combined the blue border with the foil signature, the awesomeness would've been too much for those mid-90s collectors to handle.  Gotta split that stuff up.  While gray is technically a color, it doesn't hold a candle to electric blue.

And it's always a bonus when the color of the border matches the uniform of the player featured.  This rarely happens with the Padres (although this year's camo borders do look pretty cool with the Friar's Sunday best), but happened here with the Royals.

Though, when it comes down to it, a good picture can make up for whatever a design lacks.  In this case, it's one of the worst Padres of the 90s holding hands with the best manager in Padres history.  I'm assuming he actually did something right in this shot to warrant a smirk from Bruce.

Oh, it's the middle of the post and there's some non-Padre Benito Santiago cards, this must mean that this is a trade post from Mark Kaz at This Way To The Clubhouse...!  The note that he included mentioned that the package contained cards from "all the food groups".  The majority of Mark's envelopes contain at least a serving or two of Santiago's in his catcher's gear.

And they almost always have healthy portions of Darin Erstad cards!  I just finished copying and pasting my lists on the blog to Google Drive, and found out that the Erstad collection has now reached the 129 card mark.  This is good for second place in my "most cards of one player" standings, and only 218 behind Tony Gwynn.

The "Padres in Catcher's Gear" portion of my binders isn't nearly as stuffed as it needs to be, so this Ben Davis card is much needed.  Trying to remember when I last saw an umpire with a bright red shirt.  

Even though I photographed the Vaughn and the Benes together, the Benes represents and addition to my Benes player collection, always a treat to add to.  Even though Vaughn hasn't been granted "Player Collection" status, he is one that is added to the binders regardless.  Loved him during his time with the Padres.

Here are some miscellaneous Padres for the Miscellaneous Padres binder.  Boone and Peavy are well known names, but the early days of the Padres camo uniforms might not be as well known.  I tend to prefer the older editions of most uniforms, but in this case, I definitely like the current camo jerseys better than these.  Still, if they're in their Sunday best, they're in the binders.

But a well balanced bubble mailer can't just stick to cards from the same decade.  These '83 Padres look sharp.  Love the Flannery card, beginning his lead off first.  Can't believe that he's a coach on the Giants now.  This is the first Bevacqua to make the cut for the Miscellaneous Padres binder, digging the batting cage shot with the mustard and brown.

As always, a most excellent assortment of cardboard goodness, Mr. Kaz.  Hats off to ya!


  1. The blue-bordered SE cards were in fact their own base set and were sold in packs of just blue bordered cards.

  2. Thanks as always, Joe! Post updated.

  3. Thanks as always, Joe! Post updated.

  4. Love finding Padres photographed in their camo jerseys. But the late 70's and early 80's Padres jerseys are definitely my favorite.