Mark (from Stats-on-the-Back) sent a one-of-a-kind sketch card:
I think anyone that can take an image from cardboard and translate that into a drawing on cardboard is awesome in my book! Mark was kind enough to include the original Topps card with his sketch, too!!
Thank you SO MUCH! This one goes into my personal collection of custom cards. Very cool!! The note included said that it "only took 3-1/2 years" for him to send it to me. I'm not sure what that means, but I'm excited that it found its way home.
Also in the mail bag, my haul from a recent Gypsy Queen group break over at the DailyDimwit. Not only did I get Indians cards, but since I was on the "share" list, I shared my duplicates with others and theirs were shared with me (plus some bit of randomization, I assume). Here are some of the cards:
Finally, but certainly not "last" by any stretch, Kerry sent me two stacks of cards loaded with Tribe players! There are definitely some cards in there that I have not seen before (or don't remember seeing, anyway), so I am looking forward to sorting these out and adding them to my collection!
Now, I know why many of you are here... You want to see what we're busting open tonight! Well, have I got a treat for you! I am opening a pack of 1981 Topps scratch-offs AND a pack of 1998 Pacific Aurora!
First up, the 1981 Scratch-offs. 18 cards total (9 AL and 9 NL): Note: YES, I will be breaking these apart to give each manager their rightful player. I am not counting these as "multi-player" cards. Also, I want to note that Tom specifically mentioned to me that these were a Listia win, and I thought it was important to make that distinction (versus the packs he bought at the store).
Steve Kemp - Tigers - FREE AGENT
Bruce Bochte - Mariners - FREE AGENT
Dave Stapleton - Red Sox - FREE AGENT
Tony Armas - Athletics - FREE AGENT
Carney Lansford - Angels - FREE AGENT
Roy Smalley - Twins - FREE AGENT
Rod Carew - Angels - Workman41 (Wahoo!!)
Willie Randolph - Yankees - FREE AGENT
Ed Farmer - White Sox - FREE AGENT
George Foster - Reds - FREE AGENT
Jose Cruz - Astros - Samuel Pair (Wahoo!!)
Omar Moreno - Pirates - FREE AGENT
Pete Rose - Phillies - Workman41 (Wahoo!!)
Mike Easler - Pirates - FREE AGENT
Art Howe - Astros - FREE AGENT
Jack Clark - Giants - Matthew Wilson (Wahoo!!)
Terry Puhl - Astros - FREE AGENT
Steve Rogers - Expos - FREE AGENT
Wow! Lots of players that folks may be wishing they had claimed in the initial draft! Welp, they will be for grabs in next week's Free Agent Draft. Congrats to Workman, Samuel, and Matthew!! I had fun busting open this pack. It's been a long time since I can remember opening any of these. Naturally, there is a strong temptation to scratch the dots and play the game. Haha!
Next up: 1998 Aurora
Sandy Alomar Jr - Indians (Wahoo!) - Dominicfdny (Wahoo!!)
Omar Vizquel - Indians (Wahoo!) - GoBlue2112 (Wahoo!!)
Devon White - Diamondbacks - FREE AGENT
Justin Thompson - Tigers - Don Sherman (Wahoo!!)
Chuck Finley - Angels - FREE AGENT
Brady Anderson - Orioles - FREE AGENT
Well, lookie there! A pair of Tribers in the pack! Wahoo!! Congrats, you guys! Nice snag by Don, who actually lives in a town not far from me. Great stuff!