A couple days ago I got a package in the mail I was waiting anxiously for. I bought roughly 180 cards from Just Commons a week or two ago and couldn't wait to open it. I love buying cards from them since they are cheap. The only gripes I have with them is that it takes a while for them to process orders (which for the most part I can overlook due to how cheap their prices are on the common cards). The other gripe is that I've placed 3 or 4 orders in the last year and every shipment has had one card wrong. They just send me the wrong card. Usually its the same number but the wrong year. Again I can live with that because the prices are cheap enough, and on top of that, the card they give me isn't a crappy card (as I will show off in a bit).
few days I will showcase some (or most) of the cards I got, scattered
over the next few posts. Today I will show a couple team sets I was
able to complete and the card they messed up on.
*Editor's note: I scanned the pictures after I wrote this, so please excuse them being a bit out of order.
begin with the 1991 Topps Traded set. This was an easy Royals set to
complete as it only had 3 cards. First up is Mike Boddicker. Nothing
much to say, this was Mike's third team in the majors (his first two
were the Orioles and the Red Sox). According to the back of this card,
he threw his 1000th MLB strikeout in 1989. Impressive!
up is Kirk Gibson. I collect Kirk Gibson cards, but have thought
about phasing them out as I collect more Royals cards. This one won't
be going anywhere though because I need it. This card has potential to
make it into my Card Hall of Fame at some point. I mean look at his
body language, he's probably thinking "Two years ago I was in the World
Series, now where am I?" Gibson's home run against the A's is still one
of my favorite sports moments in history. I need to get more Gibson
cards in Royals uniforms. Maybe he will be more excited in them.
is Hal McRae. I have a few of his cards (and got a couple more in this
shipment). I always liked Hal and thought he was a good manager. He
also gave great interviews. While today's Royals manager is complaining
about attendance, Hal would get mad and throw phones. Kansas City
deserves that kind of spirit in the dugout.
team set I will show today also only has 3 cards. I should try to
complete more 3 card sets. This one is the 1994 Score Rookie &
Before I begin, let me say that I loved the
1994 Score set. I loved the black border, and it is in my top 5
favorite sets of all time. Score decided to make the Traded set
something totally different. While I like the design, they should have
just used it for the 1995 set and not for a update series.
first we have Vince Coleman. Since growing up in the Midwest, the
Cardinals were shoved down my throat (and still are to be honest), so I
already liked Coleman before he came to Kansas City. I also liked him
because he shared the last name with a robot on Base Wars my friend and I
would always intentionally hit. After a while, the robot would explode
and one of us would say "You blew up Coleman". Ahh childhood
memories. Where was I? Oh right, Vince Coleman. I wish they would
have zoomed out a bit more. Who's to say Vince isn't sliding into third
but instead trying out a Slip-N-Slide? I don't see a base to prove
Next is Dave Henderson. I like this photo
to be honest. What is amazing is that this card uses 3 different photos
of Dave in Royals garb, I guess its their way of proving he was a
Royals player. At least they used the best picture for the front.
here is Billy Butler circa 1994- aka- Bob Hamelin. At least Billy has
had a few more successful years. I was a big fan of Hamelin when he
reached the majors, maybe because like me, he was husky and wore
glasses. Looking back he looked more like a bad guy in a 1980's made
for TV movie. Maybe he would have had more success at that. I still
like Hamelin now, but I won't be shy to say he was one of many who
didn't pan out like the Royals had hoped.
I mentioned I
was sent the wrong card at the beginning. I was supposed to get a 1995
Collector's Choice- Silver Signature of John Dettmer. For those
wondering why, it is because he was a Missouri Tiger at one point.
Anyways who could be upset when they sent this card instead-
another Kirk Gibson. To their credit, they was only a year off, and I
won't complain about it. This card is awesome. It not only will go
into my Gibson collection, it will possibly be added to my Card Hall of
Fame collection by the end of the year. What is going on in this
Even the picture on the back seems oddball. Is his cap brim
turned up? It looks like he has totally forgotten about his year in
Kansas City because he's smiling.
So that wraps up
part one of what will likely be a few posts. I was able to complete two
other team sets with this package (each with more than 3 cards), and
I'll show them off next. Thanks for reading and have a great night.