Sunday, February 28, 2010

Cards from the King

That is, cards from TheDiamondKing!  I've actually had these since BEFORE Christmas.  Had I posted them when I received them, I would have much more fodder for the 'great giveaway' in the area of football items, and you'll see why in a bit. 

The Indians included in his box cover a variety of companies and year models!  I was surprised to see cards from the 70's up to pack-fresh recent ones.  HOFer and hopefully one-day HOFers were scattered throughout the package, as well as some very cool serially numbered cards and several that I don't believe I have ever seen (like the Thome "Plays of the Week" card).  Following my own formula for card-gifting, he included many duplicates.  I like that style - it is a "hey, I have a bunch of cards I want to send, so here ya go!"  That's what I'm talkin' about!

I also enjoy the fact that he does not take collecting "too seriously," as evident in his note: "...hopefully there's one or two that make you smile."  And while there were MANY Indians cards that fit that bill, what made me laugh out loud (yes, literally) were the cards included as "filler."  The fillers can be found below the scans of the Indians cards along with some more ramblin' rabble to go with them.  Enjoy!

Here are some of the MANY Tribe cards Kevin included in the box he sent to me:

And then he included some "filler" cards that brought back images of the great "Sandy Alomar Jr Incident" from a couple years ago*.  What a wonderfully hilarious surprise!

But, TheDiamondKing did not stop there.  No, no.  He included a HUGE stack of Topps football mini sticker-cards.  The scan below does not even cover HALF of the stickers he sent.  And, as mentiuoned above, had I remebered these were in the box, I would have slipped them into various giveaway packages.  Alas, these will saved for some future giveaway.  Perhaps a "trick" of their own...

Thank you, Kevin for some GREAT Indians cards, along with a laugh that reminded me just why I love collecting, blogging about collecting, and swappin' cards!

*To catch you up on the "Alomar Incident," a few years ago, I held a "Trick-orTreat" giveaway.  Dayf took it upon himself to perform a "virtual TPing" of my 'house' as a prank.  The favor was returned when I sent him a box of hundreds of Sando Alomar cards.  I would guess he is still finding those things popping up in corners of his home to this day.  A more famous incarnation of a 'repeated-card offense' occurred even before the "Alomar" when a fellow blogger opened a retail box of cards from K-Mart only to find that every single card in every single pack had been replaced by Bip Roberts cards.  To this day, receiving a multitude of the same player from someone is called "Getting Bipped."

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