A few weeks ago, Matt over at Bob Walk the Plank posted about a 2014 Topps Stadium Club Group Break in which he took part. One of the cards that he showed was a Jarrod Saltalamacchia auto. Before I could comment about it, Matt mentioned to another commenter that he was going to send it to me. I feel like I have officially arrived as a blogger. To think that someone else is setting cards aside for me is exciting and humbling.
Matt recently sent over the “Salty” auto, in addition to some other exciting cards.
2014 Topps Stadium Club # SCA-JSA, Jarrod Saltalamacchia
This is my first auto of “Salty” and I couldn’t have asked for a better card. In the Stadium Club tradition, this is a great photo. It shows Salty in his follow through after connecting with what was probably a home run. The auto is on-card, and while it is a bit sloppy, it is more legible than other modern autos. The more of these Stadium Club cards I see, the more I want to bust open a box.
I would have been excited by this card alone. However, when the envelope arrived, there were a few other goodies.
2011 Panini Limited Prospects Signature #26, Adam Davis
Matt included this auto, which is numbered 552/820, of Adam Davis. Davis last played for the Orioles minor league team in 2012. Last year he played in an independent league. However, that doesn’t negate the fact that this is an auto of a prospect. When Davis becomes the next Hall of Fame catcher, Matt will rue the day he sent this to me.
2013 Panini America’s Pastime Baseball #8, Joe Mauer
Matt sent along this card from ’13 America’s Pastime. Numbered 090/125, this is a great looking card. Even though Mauer no longer plays catcher, he is shown here in his gear, which obviously helps with the lack of logos. This is the base card, which means that there are going to be several parallels which I won’t be able to afford. Therefore, I will treasure this card that much more.
2004 Topps Bazooka #BA-JK, Jason Kendall
As much I liked the Saltalamacchia auto, this may be my favorite card of the trade. Jason Kendall has long been one of my favorite players. This my first Kendall relic card. I know the design is a bit cheesy, but I still enjoy it. One of the most appealing things is the fact that the relic is a “Regular Season Game-Worn Jersey,” while today’s relics say “Not from any specific event.” I know that the authenticity is questionable, but I choose to believe it. Anytime a relic card is any other color than white or grey, I am fond of it.
Matt, you have done it again. In just a few cards, you have put to shame the stack of cards that I have put together for you.