Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there!*
My kids celebrated by buying me cards for Father's Day. I got a STEAM card which I will use toward the purchase of Far Cry 4 now that I have a machine that can actually run it.
The other cards I got, though, were of the favorited cardboard variety. I got two blasters: 2015 Heritage and 2015 Bowman. In all, there were about 150 cards, roughly. These are a handful (er, okay, technically two handfuls or nearly two or something) of my favorites:
The top row (left to right) includes a Jason Kipnis Refractor, Lonnie Chisenhall, and and Giovanny Urshler. That Kipnis is freaking spectacular! For me, what makes it stand out more than most refractors is the Pepsi logo in the background. Not because it is Pepsi, but because it adds a very cool red, white and blue "patriotic" feel to the card. In fact, I had to do a double take to realize it was a logo. Very cool!
The middle row includes Carlos Carrasco, Taylor Dugas, and Starling Marte. Now, you may be wondering why I chose those two non-Indians cards. The Dugas is probably obvious: it's an out. Sure, it is a STICKER auto, but, it is still an auto. It's numbered 322/499. I cannot imagine having to sit there and write my name 499 times. No wonder it looks a bit rough by the time we get to 322. The Marte is classic baseball posturing. Well, in terms of close-up, low-angle, looking up at the player type stuff. I love the bat behind the head, staring off as if watching for a pitch look. And, yeah, it doesn't hurt that he's a Buc.
The bottom row features Sandy Koufax, Cliff Lee, and Ryne Sandberg. I chose Koufax because, well, it's freakin' Koufax. How could you NOT choose him!? Cliff Lee? Yeah, former Triber who was born and raised up I-30 from where I now live. And, Sandberg? See the Koufax comment. He has always been a part of my PC and it is very cool to get him on a card as a manager to add to that.
These nine guys, along with several of the others from the blasters, will go into my personal collection. Years from now, I hope I look at them and remember that my kids knew me well enough to get me cardboard for Father's Day.
*Note: I don't know why this didn't post *ON* Father's Day.