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Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Haul from Jason

I've been mentioning that I've been laboring on a post for all the cards that I got in my most recent mailer from Jason, a philanthropist who is a willing donor of cards to this humble blog.  It's taken me a while to get around to finishing this one because...

well, he sent a lot of stuff.

Where to begin?  I decided to start with the basics...

The basics here being the ABC's, in Ashby, Brown, and Caminiti.  Three great cards of three great Padres from the 90's.  I had never seen any of these before, though a few days after ripping this package open, I saw the Caminiti card as the subject of a few Blogger Bracket Challenge posts over at Nachos Grande.  The Ashby is probably one of the best "pitcher at the plate" cards I've ever seen (well, discounting Fernando Valenzuela cards, that is).

In the interest of continuing the alphabet, here's a sweet card of Mark Davis with some guy named Dwight Gooden.  I'm not a fan of this particular brand of Fleer, but this is a good looking card.  

There was a card that made it into one of the Miscellaneous Padres binder that started with an E, but Todd Erdos will have to wait for his turn to get on the blog.  Besides, there weren't any players that had a last name that started with a U, so I wasn't going to complete the alphabet with this post anyways.

But, we'll continue with a pair of sweet action shots for F and G.  If I had gotten either one of these earlier, they probably would've been included in the Top 50 Padre Cards of the 90's countdown, especially the Flaherty.  This is actually my first card of John Flaherty as a Padre, who is one of my all-time favorite Padres catchers.  Not sure why he hasn't had more cardboard of him, though he was only a Padre for season and a half.  Having already started a mini-collection of Padres cards in camouflage uniforms, I think the next step will be a palm tree mini-collection, which the Gomez card would fit nicely into.

The ABC Train was nice for a while, but H will be the last stop.  We'll make it a good one, by including three cards of a Hall of Famer.  I've always held on to any Padre cards of Rickey Henderson, but I'd be lying if I said that I thought most of 'em were very good.  I'm glad to have these ones, however, because I think they're great.  "Gusto" is a word that I think appropriately describes Henderson's style of play.  The spring training shots of Rickey are pretty unique, from the tilted shot featuring the big blue wall in Peoria to the guys in white shirts lurking in the background as Rickey takes a practice swing.

Another guy that I don't have nearly enough cardboard of is Eric Owens.  These are cards five and six of Owens, who had a pretty similar style of play to my current favorite Friar, Chris Denorfia.  Both hustlers, both grinders.  Love these.

For some reason, this is my only Boomer Wells card in my collection.  I'm not sure how this has happened, as I could've sworn that I had at least a few of him somewhere.  Seeing as how I recently received a pretty sweet piece of Wells-themed memorabilia, I'm glad that he's been added to the Miscellaneous Padres binder.  Another first was this Mark Sweeney.  Sween-Dog has been completely absent from my binders, something I had been painfully aware of for a while.  He was actually a Padre for four seasons, but in three different stints.  He's currently works for Fox Sports San Diego working Padres games, and he's not unbearable.  My brothers and I joke about him because we heard him talking during a Spring Training game and he called Cameron Maybin a game changer like six different times in a three minute span.  Things have improved since then.

Here is a pair of current Padres.  Andrew Cashner is the guy that we got from the Cubs in exchange for Anthony Rizzo.  At the time, I was more than a little perturbed, and I still think we could've gotten more for him if they had waited out a little longer, but Cash projects to be an ace-quality starter, so I'll stop my griping now.  The Carlos Quentin card gets me down to one more card to complete the 2013 Pinnacle set.  If anybody's got the Huston Street card, lemme know!

Here is a couple of catcher cards, one of then-former Padre Benito Santiago wearing Phillie red, and another of then-current Padre Terry Kennedy sporting the Padre brown.  Both great, both in binders.

I have a few pages of Padre stickers, and this one from 1982 Fleer is a pretty slick one.  Am I the only one tempted to peel these stickers off and use them?  I won't, of course, but if I had a few doubles, I'd definitely be finding places to stick some of them.

Last card of the post, here's my second autograph from this year's Chrome set, this time of Casey Kelly.  For having not pitched a game this year due to his recovery from Tommy John surgery, Kelly sure has signed a lot of baseball cards - I'm pretty sure that he has autographed cards in almost every set that Topps has released (Chrome, Allen & Ginter, Bowman, Bowman Chrome, Finest, Tier One, Triple Threads, Inception, and Tribute).  He was also on the Pinnacle autograph list, so he wasn't just limited to Topps products.

Anyways, I like that his autographed card is a different shot from his regular base card, which I found to be a little subpar.  Kelly is one of the few guys who stopped and signed autographs during the lone Spring Training game I went to this past year, and he seemed like a genuinely good guy, so here's hoping he can recover and make an impact in the Padres rotation for 2014.

Is that enough for you?  There were some other cards of Gwynn and Finley that I didn't photo, but trust me, this package had it all.  Thanks for all the awesome cards Jason!


  1. Now THAT is a trade package! Nice haul! I'm loving those Hendersons.

  2. WOW!! What a great group of cards. That Kelly auto is especially nice, as are those Rickey Henderson cards. Very nice!.