When I got from work the other day, I found a bubbleope on the island in the kitchen. Inside were cool cards from Night Owl himself!
First up, we have 2011 Topps Opening Day Carlos Santana. I love the vibrant green against the dirt here. Photography classes will tell you to "never" take a picture such that the image is divided in half (vertically or horizontally). Of course, one can really say "never" - especially when one wants the effect intentionally:
He also included a couple Sizemore cards: a 2011 Opening Day and a 2011 Bowman. Each card features one of his characteristics - hitting and fielding, respectively - that is, when he isn't sidelined by injury:
Next up a 2011 Topps Heritage "Rookie Parade" featuring two tribers: Josh Tomlin and Jeanmar Gomez. He also sent a 2011 Allen and Ginter Shin-Soo Choo! I actually like these A&G's a lot this year. i like the team logo in the lower corner. Nice effect:
Lou Mason comes to us on another 2011 Topps Heritage, plus we have a 1983 Fleer "Big Chiefs" card with Toby Harrah and Andre Thornon! I loved these 'inserts' as a kid. Well, I suppose by '83, I was a bit bigger than a kid. The next card is a 1990 Topps Traded Carlos Baerga:
The Indians card fun doesn't stop there, either! How about a 2009 UD O-Pee-Chee Scott Lewis, a 1989 Classic Greg Swindell, and a 2008 Topps Heritage Kelly Shoppach. The Shoppach card is the same I used a couple years ago for a "custom" version I made (see below):
And now, for the team-collector's conundrum. Do you, as a team collector, add cards to your collection where the player is in a team uni but listed with another team (or in which the player is in another uni but listed with the team you collect)? I am adding this to my collection if I don't already have it: 2009 UD Spectrum CC Sabathia. Night owl threw in a "Sarge" Connally from the Conlon Collection, too:
The last two cards feature a 1994 Fleer Charles Nagy and a 2009 Topps Historical Commemorative Patch card of Duke Snider with the 1954 All-Star game patch:
A **HUGE** thank you goes out to Night Owl for these cool cards, and a trip down custom card memory lane to boot! That is a bonus in my book. Thanks again!
*The custom Shoppach card was posted in 2009: http://www.tribecards.net/2009/02/ultimate-utility-player-for-madding.html