Sunday, January 25, 2009

Tribers in the mail!!

WAHOO! I received not one, but TWO surprises in the mail yesterday (Saturday)! One of the bubble envelopes contained "Phungo Cards: Look for Black Frame Inserts *** and *** "Traditional" Cards by Topps, UD, Fleer - 8 card pack! 2009"

I had no idea what to expect when opened the pack of cards. Of course, Blogger now posts pictures in reverse order of upload, but you'll get the idea!

Here we have the "Traditional" cards. We're talking 1959 Topps, people! Don Dillard's Sporting News Rookie Star of '59 and Gary Bell's '59 Topps of his first year with the Tribe. These are SWEET cards!

Up next, are what I believe to be the 'Black Frame Inserts.' These are printed on a glossy stock and feature the date the picture was taken (2007, 05/06), the name of the pitcher and the name of the batter! As for Tribers, they feature Ryan Garko at bat in one and CC Sabathia on the mound in the other. These are very cool custom cards!

The remainder of the pack is filled with a variety of cards created by Phungo: Abraham Lincoln (USA Nationals), Manny Ramirez (Dodgers), CC Sabathia (Brewers), Phillie Phanatic (Phillies), Jason Donald (Phillies), Ryan Ludwick (Cardinals):

These are very clever cards! They are also numbered, so I will have to check to see if there is a checklist of cards and see what it takes to build a set of these puppies!

Thank you very much for these cards, Phungo! If the readers out there have not had a chance to do some Phungo trading, I wholeheartedly recommend it!

The second envelope I had in the mailbox came from Casey as a 'Thank You' for the "12 Days" gift pack I sent. How cool is that!? The note reads, "I hope you can use at least one of these..." Oh, yeah, and then some!! AWESOME stuff!

Can you say CY Young winner Cliff Lee? How about an auto'd Jake Westbrook!? Hungry for more? Yeah, that's a Sandy Alomar game-used bat there, folks! That is too flippin incredible!

And, if those cool cards weren't enough, there's more in them thar bubbles! How about Pronk, more Lee, Gerut, Vizquel, and more. On top of that, a Royal Rookies Tim Drew Boys of Summer card! I became a fan of Royal Rookies after my very first encounter with the brand. I had never heard of them, and managed to pull an auto'd Brian Giles rookie from one of their insert sets. Yeah, buddy! So, seeing this one of Drew made the smile on my face even bigger (if that was possible).

Thank you so much, Casey, for the cards you sent me!! I will definitely be adding a bunch to my collection, for sure!


  1. Those are some neat cards ! Hmmm....maybe I can go down to the " Jake " ( it's STILL the Jake to me ), take some pictures and give Topps & UD some more competition !! Oh , and if you don't want that auto and game-used I could force myself to take them off your hands ( I won't hold my breath !! )LOL all nice cards.

  2. Glad the cards made it to you. sounds like you enjoyed them. I hear a rumor of a complete checklist perhaps it will come out in the next month or so.

  3. Don't you dare send that bat to me!

  4. You are the first person I thought of, dayf!! Alas, you will not be getting the bat, as I need it for my own collection... :-) sorry, Baseball Dad, but I need them both... You never know what the future holds though!!