When dayf sent his oddball break gift, he also included a host of cool Tribers to go along for the ride! Let's take a look at Indians players from the past and present!
1964 Al Luplow! Wow, that is fantastic! I love vintage Topps, and the '64 set featured an area on the back that you could gently (lightly?) rub with a pencil to reveal the answer to a trivia question: "Who holds the Mets' record for hits in a year?" Luckily, we don't have to take graphite to cardboard. In the right light and at the right angle (actually more of about 35 degrees), the answer shows to be Frank Thomas in 1962 (152 hits). Remember, the card is from '64. Next, Manny being Manny on a '93 Upper Deck on a Top Prospect card. Man, he was thin back then. Of course, I was too. Jason Davis comes to us on an Upper Deck Sweet Spot:
Holy flaming balls, batman! We have Doug Jones on a 1990 USPC 7 of Spades. When I spotted the next cards, I was afraid I was headed for an "Alomaring" but there were just two:
Yo, yo, ol' Joe. carter, that is. Looks like he is calling for the ball to be thrown: "Come on, man! I'm getting my picture taken for my ballcard, man! Give me the ball." The middle card is one sweet O-Pee-Chee! We have a Materials card featuring Hafner, V-Mart, and Westbrook! Dayf, that is a GREAT card! Dennis Cook appears in one of the most normal-looking cards I've ever seen of him:
Kenny Lofton takes a "7th Inning Sketch" and joins us from the Fleer Skybox Dugout Axcess set, followed by Charles Nagy and Mitch Webster:
Tom Lampkin is looking pretty tall with the cameraman lying on the ground in order to get this shot. I've never really understood this angle on cards. Why not shoot straight? Julio Franco appears on the back of a 1989 sticker, and then we have Jim Thome Fleer Skybox Metalsmiths ! Oh, this is killer!
CC "Diamond Prosigs" Sabathia enters the fray followed by Future Star ManRam on a 60 Years of Topps retro card. I loves me some die cuts, and dayf tossed one in for good measure (okay, actually there is another, too, but still...): UD3 Future Impact Russell Branyan!
Digging into the first post-Topps-monopoly era, we have Donruss '89 with Bud Black. Richie Sexon gets all shiny on a Topps Chrome, and Jeff Kaiser celebrates 40 years of Topps:
The 2005 Donruss cards have the clarity of Topps HD without the 3-inch thick card stock. Pretty dang good photography, too. The next die cut comes from Topps Laser. I know a lot of folks were not a fan of these, but I think they are pretty "swooft" (as the vernacular goes). And, how can you go wrong Wynn you've got Early in the box!? See what I did there? Of course you did.
1970 Topps is one of my favorite sets. I love the simple, clean look. Yeah, the gray is a bit dull, but I associate this set with my grandparents that lived in Cleveland the most. I was only (or not even, really) one year old when this set came out, but it was one of the first that I (later) collected like mad. In fact, the 1970 Alvin Dark was one of my first hobby store buys. Pete O'Brien takes a pose for us and hands it off to Matt Williams on a UD3 Homerun Heroes card. This one features a very shiny inset and a faux bat embossing:
Rounding out the package from dayf, Indians All-Star Asdrubal Cabrera. Excellent! Dennis Martinez does a double take on the 1994 Fleer Flair card (which is as thick as a Topps HD). Omar Vizquel waits for the lightly tossed ball to come into play as he creates an action shot for his baseball card. I think he and Joe Carter may have gone to the same "Baseball Card Photos 101" class. And last, but not least, Enrique Wilson on a very purple Pacific Omega.
Thank you VERY much, Dave, for these cool Tribecards! I'll be sure to include some extras Braves cards when I ship out your oddball loot!