Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Holy hit

Or, why I owe Kevin a huge thank you.

A couple days ago, Kevin, yes, that Kevin, told me to watch my mailbox.
You don't need to tell me that twice, my eyes were peeled. I could only assume he was hitting me back for mailing him some odd mustaches a while back. I was right about that. But I wasn't ready for this.

If you've read previous posts, I'm pretty lazy when it comes to scanning.
This package left me with no choice. Recycling other folks scans would have been a slap in the...mustache. And I can't let it go down like that.

First up, a 2005 UD Classics Post Season Performers. I scanned it along with the 2005 Classic Materials that I already had. There something about parallels or maybe parallel-looking cards, that just works for me. I think this pair of cards looks great together. I'm less familiar with the 'Post Season Performers' version, but I know the Classic Materials version has many non-relic parallels to keep this "quasi-rainbow" going.

Next up, a 2005 Absolute Memorabilia Double Materials.
This card is cool enough on it's own, but consider that it's numbered to 50 and contains both a jersey relic AND a bat relic. But now check out the card beside it.









A few months back I splurged on my first (and only) one-of-one. I had great ambitions of doing a post on this card alone, but, well, that didn't happen. So instead, this card goes public along side the /50 relic. Again, another great pairing.

And now, some UD Legendary Cuts. I'm a big fan of the designs that come out of these sets. And this one is no different. On the left, is the 2004 "Significant Swatch" courtesy of Kevin. On the right is a "Historic Swatch" that I already had. No idea what separates significant from historic, but the gold and white on that "significant" swatch pops. Great card. Admittedly, now that I'm looking at the scan, the "significant" swatch looks better on its own, but this post went to press before I had time to do photo editing too ;)

So if you're still with me, and keeping count, that's three awesome hits. And we're only half-way there. Next up...a pants relic. Yes, pants. This one has to go it alone because, well, there just aren't a lot of Joe Carter "pants relic" making their way into card sets these days. To be honest, when this post started, I had no idea the term "pants relic" was coming out of my keyboard. It's out there now, though. Sounds odd to read, but it's done. The point is, this card is cool. And unique.



Oh, want more cool? How about some Signature Stats. Complete with a "master series signature". What's better than a master series signature? Plus, the million dollar smile. Not sure how you top this...this is an excellent card. One that has eluded me on eBay on a couple of occasions in fact, so now I can't help but wonder if anyone from France beat me out... ;)

Last, and definitely not least, this beauty.
Sure, Panini takes heat for not having logos, and in some cases, doing some questionable work to hide those logos, but I like this card. Sticker-signature and all, I like it. Maybe because you don't see too many Carter cards with Team USA or maybe because of how the black & white plays off of the red. The clean Carter signature doesn't hurt either ;)

So there you have it. 6 incredible cards, so unexpected, and so awesome, that the only thing you can say is 'Holy hit!'. You've knocked it out of the park with this one, Kevin.

Seriously. Thanks so much. This was such an awesome package. It's gonna take me some effort to figure out the right response...but trust me, it's coming.

Thanks for reading.
Richard.